Fun. The Necessary Ingredient.

“Oh taste and see that the Lord is good. Happy is the man who takes refuge in Him.”

A friend said, “you guys throw a good party.”

As we seek to  give tastes of Jesus each Sunday and at all of our activities, we laugh, we share, we eat, we pray, we learn the truth of the Bible – in short, we enjoy God and each other together. And more often than not, that means we throw a party!

Eugene Peterson in an article in Christianity Today wrote, “When god spoke to Job ‘out of the whirlwind’ he told himself that when he, God ‘laid the foundation of the earth’ – that is created everything that exists- 'the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy’. Which is to say, if we throw our minds back into the past as far as we can imagine, what we find is joy: the stars of God and the sons of God singing and shouting joyfully. Then go the other direction as far as you can imagine into the future, into heaven, and we find a similarly joyful pleasure.”

When we invite our friends into the community of Jesus, we invite them into the experience of His joy.

It is our responsibility to create environments filled with laughter and fun – to empower people to purely and simply laugh together. Some days that is the greatest gift we can give – and many times, it is that gift that invites them back to Jesus.