Why Jon is Excited about Easter Gathering

During the next two weeks leading up to our Easter Gathering, our pastors will be posting why they are personally excited about Easter Gathering. For more information, head over to the Easter Gathering page.

In less than two weeks we will all gather together as a city-wide church family for two Easter Gatherings. We get together two times a year as a whole church and host our city. Our seventy some odd LifeGroups will gather together as a huge extended family to worship Jesus together, and celebrate the work He is doing in our city.

My favorite part will be the baptism stories.  Sixty percent of the time the stories are my favorite every time.  I love hearing a bunch of real people talking about their real lives and how Jesus has reshaped reality in their world.  I love the variety of backgrounds and circumstances.  I love the different ways that people explain how Jesus drew them to Himself.  I love hearing about how people got invited into community by their roommate or their coworker or their family member.  I love how many of the people getting baptized will describe how God used normal people who were living on mission and building relationship with them to bring them in to God’s family.

Baptism stories are a reminder that God loves our city more than we do.  That God is pursuing people and rescuing people.  That God is the lead missionary.  It doesn’t get better than that.  As a whole church family we will scream our heads off in celebration after each Baptism story because Jesus is good.  Because Jesus is alive and saving people.  Because Jesus is actively rescuing and forgiving people. Because Jesus is leading His church and we get to be a part of working, laboring and celebrating what He is doing along with Him!

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