I facilitate a college Bible study at church. We meet have dinner fellowship and Bible study. We have good times. Sometimes it’s good to break the routine, do something different. Last night, I seen the opportunity and took it.
Our church was hosting their Awana award celebration and end of year bash. This year we had Jeff McCullogh, he is owner/producer of Jump Start 3. Jeff takes Scripture and puts it into a musical style kids, and most adults, would enjoy. His work is featured in the Answers in Genesis VBS curriculum and he travels around the world performing and spreading the Gospel. I met Jeff earlier in the day and talked for a bit about my days in Southern California and “Los Doyers”.
Breaking The Monotony
After his performance with the kids, I took the opportunity to invite him to hangout with our college group. We sat around the table and ate a fabulous meal, my wife prepared, and just had a great time. We sat around and shared goals, desires and dreams. Jeff encouraged each of our college students to pursue the their calling because God can use you in engineering, forensic science and the comic book world to be missionaries because there are lost people in those fields too.
If you are a Veggie Tales viewer then you’ve heard of Silly Songs with Larry. Well last night we had Silly Songs with Jeff, which was a blast. Our night was filled with laughter, joy, seriousness and a mean case of the hiccups.
We learned two valuable lessons last night. As Christians we must have eyes for the lonely, hurting and downcast. So often we get caught up in the busyness of life we miss Gospel opportunities. Jesus, quoting the Old Testament says,
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” – Luke 4:18-19
There are still poor, captive, spiritually blind, oppressed people in our world. The Lord has empowered Christians with His Spirit to proclaim the Gospel to them. In order to do so, we must have eyes for the hurting.
The second is be ready to share the Gospel. Peter encourages us,
but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, – 1 Peter 3:15
It is simply not enough to have a heart for the hurting, we must also be ready and have the courage to share the Gospel of hope to the hopeless. For some, it may require you to leave your personal bubble, but the Lord will give you the strength. Jeff thanks for hanging with us Broo!
Check out a Jump Start 3 video here
Until next time
Solo Deo Gloria