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700 Club Interactive: Back to Church - January 31, 2013

National Back to Church Sunday representative Eric Abel shares about his viral video "Rapping Pastors" and how churches can reach today's youth Read Transcript


Gordon: COMING UP, FIND

OUT WHAT YOU'RE MISSING AT

CHURCH.

* YOU AIN'T NEVER SEEN A

CHURCH LIKE THIS *

WE

Gordon: ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

* I'M A PREACHER FROM AN

OUTCAST *

Gordon: ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," WE USE

TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY FOR EACH

OTHER, AND EXPLORE TOPICS

THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

Gordon: WELCOME TO THE

PROGRAM, AND THANKS FOR

JOINING US.

A 201 2012 GALLOP POLL

REPORTS THAT MANY AMERICANS

CLAIM TO BE CHURCH-GOERS,

BUT WHEN YOU DIG A LITTLE

DEEPER, POLLSTERS DISCOVER

THAT PEOPLE ARE LYING ABOUT

THEIR CHURCH ATTENDANCE.

IN REALITY, LESS THAN 25% OF

AMERICANS GO TO CHURCH ON A

REGULAR BASIS.

ONE ORGANIZATION IS TRYING

TO CHANGE THOSE STATISTICS,

WITH A LITTLE HUMOR,

COMBINED WITH SOCIAL MEDIA.

*

[RAP MUSIC]

* AT CHURCH SUNDAY

* YOU AIN'T NEVER SEEN A

CHURCH LIKE THIS *

*

WE GOT LIGHTS, CAMERAS,

PLENTY OF ACTION *

* I GOT MY TRUCK STOLE, I'M

A PREACHER FROM AN

OUTCLASS *

* SO BEFORE YOU SAY I'M

THROUGH WITH IT *

* TAKE IT TO CHURCH, MAN,

EVERYBODY IS DOING IT *

* THE DEACON IS ON THE

SCENE *

* LAYING IT DOWN

* EVERYBODY KNOWS, I'M

LOVING THIS TOWN *

* I MIGHT SURPRISE YOU

* MEET ME AT THE WATER, AND

I'LL BAPTIZE YOU *

* WAIT FOR MY SIGNAL

NOW BUST OUT THE HYMNAL *

* WE GOING BACK TO CHURCH

* WE GOING BACK TO CHURCH.

*

EVERYBODY IN THE NATION,

FIND A LOCATION *

* BACK TO CHURCH, WE GOING

BACK *

* YO, I GET IT.

IT'S BEEN A WHILE *

* MAYBE A SMALL CHURCH IS

MORE YOUR STYLE *

* EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR

NAME *

* JUST GET DOWN TO THE

CHURCH PICNIC *

* BACK TO CHURCH IS A

CELEBRATION *

* WHATCHA WAITIN' FOR

* I HOPE YOU'RE REGISTERED

WHEN DADDY HITS THE STAGE *

* WE GET WILD, DANCING IN

THE AISLES *

* PLEASE, SOMEBODY, CAN I

GET AN AMEN FROM THE BACK

SEAT *

* BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY

* TIME FOR A COMEBACK.

*

* BACK TO CHURCH, WE GOING

BACK TO CHURCH *

* BACK TO CHURCH, WE GOING

BACK TO CHURCH *

* ALL OF THE PEOPLE GET TO A

STEEPLE *

* BACK TO CHURCH, WE GOING

BACK TO CHURCH.

*

* BACK TO CHURCH, WE GOING

BACK TO CHURCH *

* EVERYBODY IN THE NATION,

FIND A LOCATION *

* BACK TO CHURCH, WE GOING

BACK *

Gordon: PLEASE WELCOME

THE CREATOR OF THE BACK TO

CHURCH RAP.

ERIC ABLE.

WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

I APPRECIATE THAT TODAY.

Gordon: WHY DID YOU

CREATE THE RAPPING PASTOR'S

VIDEO?

YOU KNOW, IT IS JUST

AMAZING HOW IT HAS GONE

VIRAL.

WE GOT OVER 500,000 VIEWS ON

YouTube, BUT IT ALL

STARTED IT WITH A STRATEGY,

THAT WE WANTED TO INVITE

PEOPLE IN AMERICA BACK TO

CHURCH.

IT WAS ALL PART OF NATIONAL

"BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY,"

WHICH WAS AN ANNUAL EVENT

BACK IN SEPTEMBER.

WE ASKED OURSELVES SEVERAL

QUESTIONS: HOW COULD WE GET

PEOPLE BACK TO CHURCH?

HOW COULD WE EQUIP THE

CHURCH TO INVITE?

WHAT COULD WE DO TO PAINT A

PICTURE OF THE CHURCH THAT

IS RELEVANT FOR EVERY DAY

LIFE, AND SOMETHING THAT IS

FUN AS WELL?

AND ALSO, WE THOUGHT ABOUT

IT IN TERMS OF THE

DE-CHURCHED AND THE

UNCHURCHED.

AND HOW COULD WE MAKE IT

LOOK LIKE NATIONAL BACK TO

CHURCH SUNDAY IS A SAFE DAY,

AND MANY OTHERS ARE GOING TO

BE PARTICIPATING IN THAT.

AND WE ALSO WANTED TO

PERSUADE MEN.

I THINK PART OF THIS VIDEO

IS THAT IDEA, PUT THE FAM IN

THE BAM MAN, BACK TO

CHURCH.

IF WE CAN GET THE MEN TO

COME TO CHURCH, THEN THE

FAMILY WILL FOLLOW.

THAT WAS SOME OF THE

MOTIVATION.

Gordon: HOW EFFECTIVE

WAS IT?

HAVE YOU SEEN ANY

INCREASES?

OH, YEAH.

WE CONDUCTED SURVEY OF

PARTICIPATING CHURCHES, AND

THEY SAID BY FAR IT WAS THE

MOST USEFUL TOOL THEY USED

TO REACH OUT TO THEIR

COMMUNITY.

PARTICIPATING CHURCHES WERE

RECORDING A 38% INCREASE IN

ATTENDANCE ON THAT SUNDAY.

SO THE VIDEO DID ATTRIBUTE

TO THAT.

I THINK IT HELPS PEOPLE TO

RECONSIDER COMING BACK TO

CHURCH IN A WAY THAT THEY

NEVER HAVE BEFORE.

I PULLED WASN'T QUOTE OFF OF

Facebook.

YOU CAN GO TO Facebook AND

YouTube TO SEE PEOPLE

TALKING ABOUT IT, BOTH

PASTORS AND INDIVIDUALS.

THIS IS FROM A COLIN

CAMPBELL, "THIS VIDEO

HONESTLY MOTIVATED ME TO

ATTEMPT TO GO BACK TO

CHURCH.

I'M A LITTLE SCARED, THOUGH,

BECAUSE I'M AFRAID OF BEING

JUDGED.

BUT THIS VIDEO MAKES IT A

LITTLE LESS SCARY TO GO BACK

TO CHURCH."

SO WE'RE SEEING SOME GREAT

COMMENTS FROM PASTORS, AS

WELL AS INDIVIDUALS.

Gordon: IT IS

INTERESTING THAT HE IS

WORRIED ABOUT BEING JUDGED.

THE STATS ARE SHOWING 2% OF

THE AMERICANS WHO ARE GOING

TO CHURCH -- ONLY 2% OF THEM

INVITE NON-CHRISTIANS.

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS?

WELL, YEAH, THE STUDY IS

FROM RESEARCH, AND IT SHOWS

THAT NOT ONLY 2% AREN'T

INVITING, BUT IT SHOWED THAT

82% OF PEOPLE WOULD COME TO

CHURCH IF SIMPLY INVITED BY

A FRIEND.

SO I THINK SOME OF IT COULD

BE THAT CHURCHES JUST AREN'T

PROMOTING IT, FRANKLY.

THEY ARE NOT REALLY

ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO INVITE

AND COME BACK TO CHURCH.

THAT IS ONE OF THE GREAT

THINGS ABOUT "BACK TO CHURCH

SUNDAY."

IT GIVES A SINGLE DAY THAT

THE PEOPLE IN THE PEWS

REALIZE EVERYBODY IN THE

CONGREGATION HAS TO BE

INVITING FRIENDS AND FAMILY

AND NEIGHBORS.

I THINK THAT IS ONE BIG

REASON, FRANKLY, THAT

CHURCHES REALLY AREN'T

TALKING ABOUT IT.

Gordon: HOW DO WE GET,

I GUESS, PEOPLE GOING TO

CHURCH INTERESTED IN -- I

DON'T HAVE ANOTHER WORD FOR

IT, MARKETING.

WHEN YOU GO BACK TO THE

FIRST CENTURY, THEY WERE

REALLY GOOD AT MARKETING.

THEY WOULD GO HOUSE TO HOUSE

AND INVOLVE WHOLE FAMILIES

AND DO IT THAT WAY.

WHAT CAN WE DO TO INSPIRE

PEOPLE TO SORT OF RETURN

BACK TO THAT?

WELL, I THINK PART OF IT

IS PEOPLE REALLY ENJOY THEIR

CHURCHES.

THEY FIND GREAT COMFORT

THERE.

THEY FIND GREAT ENTHUSIASM

AND COMMUNITY.

AND SO IT IS JUST A MATTER

OF HOW CAN WE GET PEOPLE TO

COMMUNICATE THAT LOVE OF

CHURCH THROUGH THEIR

NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS?

IF YOU LOOK BACK IN THE NEW

TESTAMENT, OF COURSE, GOD

USED CHURCH GROWTH IN A

COUPLE OF DIFFERENT WAYS.

ONE, THE GROWTH FROM OUTSIDE

IN, AS PEOPLE CAME AND MORE

PEOPLE CAME TO CHURCH, THE

NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH SPREAD

THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

BUT, REALLY, I THINK IT IS

GOING TO TAKE GROWTH FROM

WITHIN.

AND GOD SEEMS TO USE THAT.

IF YOU LOOK AT ACT 2, IN THE

EARLY CHURCH, WHERE IT SAYS

THEY DEVOTED THEMSELVES TO

FELLOW TEACHING, AND THEY

WERE REALLY INTO THEIR

CHURCH.

AND AS THEY GREW

SPIRITUALLY, NOW ALL OF A

SUDDEN THE CHURCH GREW.

AND THAT VERSE ALSO TALKS

ABOUT HOW THE CHURCH GREW IN

NUMBERS.

THERE IS THIS INTERESTING

MIX THAT GOD USES, THAT

SPIRITUAL GROWTH WITHIN THE

CHURCH TO REALLY GROW THE

CHURCH IN ATTENDANCE AND

MULTIPLY THE CHURCH.

WE HAVE A PROGRAM CALLED THE

30-DAY CHURCH CHALLENGE.

YOU CAN LEARN ABOUT IT AT

backtochurch.com IT HELPS

THE CONGREGATION ENGAGE IN

CHURCH.

Gordon: WHAT DO YOU

HAVE PLANNED FOR 2013?

WE'VE SUPER EXCITED ABOUT

2013.

WE REALIZE THAT THE LORD IS

IN CONTROL OF IT ALL.

OUR VISION TO HAVE 20,000

PLUS CHURCHES INVOLVED IN

"BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY," AND

THIS LAST YEAR WAS ABOUT

13,000 CHURCHES.

WE'VE GOT MORE RESOURCES AND

VIDEOS AND BANNERS AND

GRAPHICS AND POSTCARD

MAILINGS, AND THINGS THAT

CHURCHES CAN USE TO REACH

OUT TO THEIR COMMUNITY.

A LOT OF NEW IDEAS, BUT

WE'RE HOPING FOR ABOUT

20,000 CHURCHES TO BE

INVOLVED.

Gordon: ALL RIGHT.

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND

OUT MORE, YOU CAN EITHER GO

TO OUR WEBSITE,

700clubinteractive.com, OR

backtochurch.com AND YOU

CAN GET MORE INFORMATION.

ERIC, THANKS AGAIN FOR BEING

WITH US.

EFFICIENT IT, THANKS.

Gordon: COMING UP, FROM

ANCIENT ARCHITECTURE TO

TALKING ROBOTS.

GET A LOOK AT WHAT GOES INTO

EVERY EPISODE OF

"SUPERBOOK."

THAT'S UP NEXT.

Gordon: IN THE MOVIE

BEN HURR, THE ROMANS FIGHT A

FLEET.

AND IN 10 COMMANDMENTS,

MOSES STARTS WALKING OUTCH

EGYPT, BUT IN THE WRONG

DIRECTION.

THESE ARE JUST EXAMPLES OF

HOW HOLLYWOOD DOESN'T ALWAYS

DO ITS HOMEWORK.

BUT, AS YOU'RE ABOUT TO SEE,

YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY

ABOUT THOSE BLUNDERS WHEN

WATCHING "SUPERBOOK."

I AM TAKING TO MEET A MAN

WHO STOOD UP FOR WHAT HE

BELIEVED WAS RIGHT.

Reporter: WHEN YOU'RE

WATCHING "SUPERBOOK," YOU'RE

NOT JUST WATCHING ANIMATED

BIBLE STORY.

YOU'RE ALSO WATCHING ONE OF

THE MOST ACCURATE PORTRAYALS

OF THE ANCIENT MIDDLE EAST

EVER PUT INTO A CARTOON.

IT APPEARS IN ANCIENT

BABYLON,APPROXIMATELY 500

B.C.

EVERY SHOT HAS BEEN

CHECKED, FROM THE CLOTHES TO

THE ARMOR, EVEN DOWN TO THE

TAPESTRIES.

IF THEY DIDN'T HAVE IT BACK

THEN, THEY'RE NOT GOING TO

HAVE IT IN "SUPERBOOK."

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE: TAKE A

LOOK AT THIS SHOT.

IT IS ONLY UP THERE FOR A

FEW SECONDS.

SO IF YOU BLINK, YOU MIGHT

MISS IT.

THAT MASSIVE BLUE STRUCTURE

IS CALLED THE ISHTAR GATE.

IT WAS FAITHFULLY

RECONSTRUCTED BY OUR

"SUPERBOOK" ANIMATORS 2500

YEARS LATER.

THAT GATE IS STILL AROUND,

ONLY IT IS NOT IN BABYLON

ANYMORE.

IT IS NOW STANDING AT A

MUSEUM IN GERMANY.

OUR PRODUCERS SAW THE GATE,

AND MADE SURE WHEN WE DREW

IT, WE HAD THE RIGHT COLORS,

THE RIGHT SIZE, AND ALL OF

THOSE LINES ON THE WALL

FACING IN THE RIGHT

DIRECTION.

Gordon: THE REASON IS

WE WANT TO LET CHILDREN KNOW

THIS IS A REAL PLACE, AND A

REALTIME, AND THIS IS AN

HISTORICAL EVENT THAT

HAPPENED.

Reporter: AND IT IS NOT

JUST THE BACKGROUND.

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF

THIS OUTRAGE?

Reporter: TAKE THIS

HANDSOME FELLOW.

HIS NAME IS DARIUS THE

GREAT.

HE WAS A REIGNING EMPIRE

BETWEEN 522 AND 486 B.C.

HE IS ALSO THOUGHT TO BE THE

THE DARIUS REFERRED TO IN

THE BOOK OF DANIEL.

YOU ARE WISE ABOVE ALL

MEN IN MY KINGDOM.

Reporter: WE DIDN'T

JUST DRAW HIM WITH THE ZZ

TOP BEARD BECAUSE IT IS

COOL, THAT IS EXACTLY THE

WAY HE LOOKS.

EVEN A KING CAN BE

UNCERTAIN ABOUT WHAT IS

RIGHT.

Gordon: THE MORE

HISTORICALLY ACCURATE WE CAN

MAKE THEM, THE LONGER THE

SERIES WILL LAST.

Reporter: THE

FOUNDATION OF ANY

"SUPERBOOK" EPISODE IS THE

BIBLE STORY.

WHETHER IT IS DANIEL AND THE

LIONS' DEN OR MOSES AND

CREATION.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE

STORY BEING TOLD BY US

MATCHES UP WITH THE STORY

BEING TOLD IN THE BIBLE,

EVEN DOWN TO THE DIALOGUE,

WHICH COMES DIRECTLY FROM

THE SCRIPTURES.

LONG LIVE THE KING!

MY GOD SENT HIS ANGELS TO

SHUT THE LIONS' MOUTHS SO

THEY WOULD NOT HURT ME.

Reporter: ULTIMATELY,

THE GOAL OF "SUPERBOOK" IS

TO TEACH KIDS AROUND THE

WORLD ABOUT THE BIBLE.

THAT'S WHY THIS SERIES WILL

BE TRANSLATED INTO 18

LANGUAGES.

WE HOPE THAT IN THE NEXT FEW

YEARS, 300 MILLION CHILDREN

WILL HEAR STORIES, FROM

GENESIS TO REVOLUTION

THROUGH "SUPERBOOK," AND

MANY OF THOSE KIDS WILL BE

HEARING ABOUT THE BIBLE FOR

THE FIRST AND ONLY TIME

THROUGH THIS PROGRAM.

THAT'S WHY WE'RE SUCH A

STICKLER FOR ACCURACY.

WE JUST ADDED THE TALKING

ROBOT.

Gordon: IF YOU WANT TO

TAKE THE BIBLE TO THE

CHILDREN OF THE WORLD,

THAT'S OUR GOAL.

OUR GOAL IS OVER THE NEXT

FIVE YEARS, 300 MILLION

CHILDREN WATCHING

"SUPERBOOK" EPISODES AROUND

THE WORLD.

WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF

TRANSLATING THE SERIES INTO

38 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE

LAUNCH IN THE FIRST AND

SECOND QUARTER OF NEXT YEAR,

2013.

AND WE'RE JUST IN

ANTICIPATION OVER WHAT'S

GOING TO HAPPEN, HOW A WHOLE

GENERATION CAN KNOW THE

STORIES OF THE BIBLE.

NOW, WHAT DO WE NEED?

WE NEED HELP WITH THE

PRODUCTION COSTS.

THESE ARE EXPENSIVE EPISODES

TO MAKE.

WE'VE GOT A VERY SPECIAL

CHRISTMAS OFFER FOR YOU.

WE'VE GOT THE LATEST

EPISODE, WHICH IS THE LAST

SUPPER, AND WE'RE GOING TO

PAIR THAT WITH THE FIRST

CHRISTMAS, WHICH WE OFFERED

BEFORE, BUT WE'RE GOING TO

OFFER IT AGAIN.

SO YOU CAN HAVE PLENTY OF

STOCKING STUFFERS, AND WE'RE

INVITING YOU TO JOIN THE

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D.

WHAT THAT MEANS IS FOR A

GIFTER OF $25, WE'LL SEND

YOU NOT JUST ONE COPY OF THE

D.V.D., WE'LL SEND YOU

THREE.

AS NEW EPISODES ARE CREATED,

YOU'LL BE FIRST IN LINE TO

GET THEM.

YOU'LL GET THREE VERSIONS,

SO YOU'LL HAVE PLENTY TO

SHARE WITH YOUR RELATIVES,

FAMILY, WITH CHURCH, SUNDAY

SCHOOLS, CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS.

WE WANT TO GET THE STORIES

OF THE BIBLE OUT.

NOW, THE SPECIAL OFFER FOR

CHRISTMAS IS YOU GET THE

LATEST EPISODE, "THE LAST

SUPPER," AND YOU GET THREE

VERSIONS OF THAT, AND THEN

YOU GET "THE FIRST

CHRISTMAS," AND THREE

VERSIONS OF THAT AS WELL, SO

YOU HAVE PLENTY OF STOCKING

STUFFERS FOR THIS

CHRISTMAS.

DO IT NOW, BE PART OF IT.

JOIN THE "SUPERBOOK" D.V.D.

CALL US, 1-888-777-1999.

OR YOU CAN LOG ON TO

CBN.COM.

AND IF YOU DON'T WANT TO

JOIN THE SOP SUPER D.V.D.,

YOU CAN JUST GET "THE LAST

SUPPER" AS A SINGLE EPISODE,

FOR A GIFT OF $25, A

ONE-TIME GIFT OF $25.

UP NEXT, MTV CAME CALLING,

AND CHRIS ANSWERED.

TWO MONTHS LATER, HIS SHOW

WAS CANCELLED.

I WAS, LIKE, MAN, I

THOUGHT THIS WAS GOING TO BE

THE THING.

NOW WHAT?

NOW I'M A COLLEGE DROPOUT,

THE SHOW DIDN'T GET PICKED

UP, AND NOW I HAVE NOWHERE

TO GO.

Gordon: WATCH OUT HOW

LOSING HIS JOB LED TO

FINDING HIS CALLING.

AFTER THIS.

Gordon: YOU MIGHT

RECOGNIZE CHRIS GRABBY, IF

YOU'RE A FAN OF MTV'S ROAD

RULES.

BUT CHRIS WAS NEVER YOUR

TYPICAL MTV CELEBRITY.

WHEN HE READ HIS BIBLE ON

THE SET, HE GOT LOTS OF

QUESTIONS FROM HIS FELLOW

CAST MEMBERS, AND HE WAS

ALWAYS EAGER TO TELL THEM

ABOUT THE JOURNEY THAT

BROUGHT HIM FULL CIRCLE.

Reporter: EVERY BOY

WANTS HIS FATHER IN HIS

LIFE.

Reporter: CHRIS'

PARENTS DIVORCED WHEN HE WAS

FIVE.

HE MOVED WITH HIS MOTHER

FROM THEIR TEXAS HOME TO

INDIANA.

IT IS HARD TO GROW UP

WITHOUT BOTH PARENTS BEING

AROUND.

BOTH MY PARENTS GOT MARRIED

TO NEW PEOPLE.

Reporter: CHRIS' NEW

STEPMOTHER WAS ABUSIVE.

SO CHURCH WAS HIS REFUGE.

MY UNDERSTANDING OF JESUS

WAS WAY OFF GROWING UP.

GIVE YOUR LIFE TO CHRIST OR

YOUR GOING TO GO BURN IN

HELL FOREVER.

Reporter: CHRIS FOUND A

POSITIVE OUTLOOK IN

ATHLETICS.

I TRIED TO KEEP MY NOSE

CLEAN SO I COULD EXCEL IN

SPORTS.

BUT ONCE HIGH SCHOOL WAS

OVER, I WENT TO COLLEGE AND

DIDN'T HAVE SPORTS ANYMORE.

Reporter: HE

IMMEDIATELY JOINED A

FRATERNITY AT INDIANA

UNIVERSITY.

IT STARTED OFF WITH ME

HAVING A FEW DRINKS.

AND THEN THE DRINKING

STARTED BECOMING HEAVILY.

AND THAT WASN'T MAKING ME

HAPPY ITEM, AND SO I STARTED

DOING ILLEGAL DRUGS,

PRESCRIPTION PILLS AND

THINGS LIKE THAT.

IT ALL KIND OF MORVETION

INTMORPHS INTO THE NEXT

THING.

AND THEN I FOUND MYSELF IN

NUMEROUS RELATIONSHIPS,

SEARCHING FOR SOMETHING TO

FILL A HOLE IN MY LIFE.

Reporter: IN HIS JUNIOR

YEAR OF SCHOOL, CHRIS' AUNT

OFFERED HIM A JOB IN

CALIFORNIA AND A PLACE TO

LIVE.

TWO WEEKS LATER, CHRIS

DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL AND

HEADED WEST.

I FIGURED, MAYBE IF I GO

TO CALIFORNIA, I CAN GET

INTO ENTERTAINMENT.

MAYBE THAT WILL BE THE THING

THAT FILLS THAT VOID, THAT

HOLE IN MY LIFE.

Reporter: CHRIS

AUDITIONED AND WAS CAST IN

AN MTV REALITY SHOW.

A FEW MONTHS LATER, THE

PROGRAM WAS CANCELLED.

WHEN I GOT THAT CALL, IT

WAS -- IT DEFINITELY SHOOK

ME SOME MORE BECAUSE I WAS,

LIKE, MAN, I THOUGHT THIS

WAS GOING TO BE THE THING.

NOW WHAT?

NOW I'M AN COLLEGE DROPOUT,

AND THE SHOW DIDN'T GET

WORKED OUT, AND I HAVE

NOWHERE TO GO.

Reporter: CHRIS'

LONG-LOST DAD HEARD ABOUT

HIS SITUATION AND FOR THE

FIRST TIME REACHED OUT TO

HELP.

MY DAD CALLS ME AND SAYS,

I'VE GOT A JOB FOR YOU IN

NASHVILLE.

SO I PACKED UP MY JEEP AND

DROVE DOWN TO NASHVILLE, AND

MOVED IN WITH MY DAD FOR THE

FIRST TIME SINCE I WAS

FIVE.

Reporter: CHRIS WORKED

AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT WHERE

HE PARTIED WITH ALL OF THE

EMPLOYEES AFTER HOURS.

ALL ACCEPT ONE, A WOMAN

NAMED VERNA.

SHE JUST BEGAN A

FRIENDSHIP WITH ME, AND

WOULD ENCOURAGE ME, OKAY,

CHRIS, THERE IS SOMETHING

BETTER FOR YOU.

Reporter: VERNA INVITED

CHRIS TO CHURCH, AND

EVENTUALLY HE AGREED TO GO.

I SAT THERE AND LISTEN

THE, AND THE ROOM WAS FULL

OF COLLEGE STUDENTS, PEOPLE

20 SOMETHING, 19, 25.

IT WAS TOTALLY REAL.

THESE PEOPLE WEREN'T FAKING

IT.

THEY WEREN'T PUTTING ON A

SHOW.

THEY WERE PRAISING AND

SHOUTING TO GOD BECAUSE OF

HOW HE CHANGED THEIR LIVES.

AND SO THERE WAS DEFINITELY

A NATURAL DRAW.

THE I SAID, I WANT THIS.

I WANT THIS.

Reporter: SEVERAL WEEKS

LATER, CHRIS WENT BACK TO

CHURCH AFTER A WEEKEND OF

PARTYING.

I BEGAN TALKING TO GOD.

THE FIRST REAL CONVERSATION

I HAD HAD WITH HIM PROBABLY

IN MY WHOLE LIFE.

YOU'RE REAL.

AND, JESUS, I KNOW WHAT YOU

DID FOR ME.

I REALIZE IT NOW.

I'M SORRY AND WILL YOU

FORGIVE ME?

AND WHEN YOU BE MY LORD?

AND WILL YOU TAKE MY LIFE?

AND WILL YOU LEAD MY LIFE?

AND SO IT WAS THERE, ON A

CORNER IN DOWNTOWN

NASHVILLE, BY MYSELF -- IT

WASN'T IN FRONT OF SOME

CHURCH.

IT WASN'T, LIKE, WITH A

GROUP OF PEOPLE.

IT WAS JUST ME AND GOD.

AND WE BEGAN OUR

RELATIONSHIP THEN.

Reporter: CHRIS SAYS

GOD PROVIDED OPPORTUNITIES

FOR HIM TO LIVE OUT HIS

DREAM.

MTV PRODUCERS RECAST HIM IN

THE NEW ROAD RULES SERIES.

AND YOU MAY RECOGNIZE CHRIS

FROM "BATTLE OF THE SEXES,"

TOO.

I GOT TO SHARE CHRIST IN

DIFFERENT WAYS WITH

DIFFERENT PEOPLE.

ALL OF MY CAST MEMBERS, AT

DIFFERENT TIMES WHEN I WAS

READING THE BIBLE, THEY

WOULD COME AND TALK TO ME.

THEY WOULD ASK ME

QUESTIONS.

Reporter: CHRIS MET HIS

FUTURE WIFE AT CHURCH.

I MET HIM THAT MONTH THAT

HE GOT SAVED.

I ONLY SAW THIS PASSIONATE,

ON-FIRE CHRIS.

I ONLY HEARD STORIES OF THE

PREVIOUS LIFE.

I THINK THAT MADE IT A WHOLE

LOT EASIER FOR ME TO GO,

OKAY, THIS IS WHO HE IS NOW,

AND GOD HAS FORGIVEN ALL OF

THAT.

GOD ORCHESTRATED OUR STORY.

NOT ONLY OUR LOVE STORY, BUT

OUR LIFE STORY.

Reporter: LESS THAN A

YEAR LATER, THE TWO WERE

MARRIED.

CHRIS NOW HAS THE CHANCE TO

BE THE FATHER HE ALWAYS

LONGED FOR.

HIS SON, CADEN IS TWO, AND

HIS SECOND CHILD IS ON THE

WAY.

HE IS NEW TO ME, AND MORE

AND MORE I'M UNDERSTANDING

THE GRACIOUS SIDE OF GOD AND

THE LOVE AND COMPASSION AND

MERCY HE HAS FOR ME, AND

LEARNING MORE AND MORE WHAT

IT MEANS TO TRUST HIM AS MY

PROVIDER.

AND TRUST HIM AS THE ONE WHO

IS GOING TO OPEN AND SHUT

THE DOORS.

HE'S MY DAD, YOU KNOW.

HE'S MY FATHER.

Gordon: AND HE'LL DO

THE SAME THING FOR YOU.

HE'LL BE YOUR DAD.

IT IS A GREAT PRIVILEGE WE

HAVE TO CALL OUR CREATOR

DADDY, OUR DADDY, WHO ART IN

HEAVEN.

THAT'S THE ORIGINAL GREETING

BEHIND THE LORD'S PRAYER,

OUR ABBA, OUR ABBA FATHER.

WE GET TO DO THAT.

IT IS A GREAT PRIVILEGE THAT

WE HAVE.

IT IS A GREAT JOURNEY.

IT'S AN ADVENTURE.

WHERE YOU START RELYING ON

HIM, AND YOU KNOW THAT HE'S

WATCHING OVER YOU.

AND HE HAS GOT PLANS FOR

YOU.

HE'S GOT DOORS HE WANTS TO

OPEN FOR YOU.

HE WANTS TO GIVE YOU

OPPORTUNITY.

HE CAME THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE

LIFE, AND HAVE IT MORE

ABUNDANTLY.

NOW, WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO

GET IT?

ALL YOU'VE GOT TO DO IS JUST

ASK.

THE SAME THING THAT CHRIS

DID.

HE JUST BOWED HIS HEAD AND

SAID, FORGIVE ME, RESTORE

ME, COME INTO MY LIFE, BE

PART OF ME NOW.

I WANT TO HEAR YOUR VOICE.

I WANT TO LIVE FOR YOU.

AND WHEN YOU DO THAT, YOU

GET INTO A WONDERFUL

RELATIONSHIP THAT WE WERE

MADE FOR.

AND WHEN YOU START

UNDERSTANDING THAT, THAT WE

WERE MADE FOR A RELATIONSHIP

WITH OUR HEAVENLY FATHER,

THEN LIFE STARTS TO GET REAL

SIMPLE, AND YOU START

UNDERSTANDING, ALL I HAVE TO

DO IS TRUST HIM.

IF HE TELLS ME TO DO

SOMETHING, THERE IS GOING TO

BE A BLESSING THERE.

AND SO I'M JUST GOING TO

TRUST HIM.

AND WHEN YOU DO THAT, AN

INCREDIBLE LIFE OPENS UP FOR

YOU.

ADVENTURES THAT YOU'D NEVER

DREAM YOU WOULD EVER DO.

HE'LL HAVE YOU DO.

HE'LL HAVE YOU GO PLACES.

HE'LL HAVE YOU MEET PLACES.

HE'LL OPEN DOORS OF

OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU.

HE WANTS TO BLESS YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK

HIM IN.

NOW, HERE IS THE PRAYER,

IT'S VERY SIMPLE: JESUS, IF

THIS IS REAL, IF YOU'RE

REALLY THERE, IF YOU REALLY

WANT TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP

WITH ME, IF YOU REALLY LOVE

ME, COULD YOU SHOW ME.

COULD YOU COME INTO MY

HEART.

COULD YOU MAKE ME NEW

AGAIN.

CAN I KNOW YOUR LOVE?

CAN I BE FORGIVEN?

AND IF YOU PRAYED THAT WITH

ALL OF YOUR HEART, HE'LL

ANSWER YOU.

AND HE'LL COME IN AND WHAT

HE DID FOR CHRIS, HE'LL DO

FOR YOU.

HE'LL TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND,

AND YOU'LL FIND WHAT YOU'VE

BEEN LOOKING FOR ALL THIS

TIME.

IF YOU WANT SOMEONE TO HELP

YOU PRAY, ALL YOU'VE GOT TO

DO IS CALL US.

1-888-777-1999.

WHEN YOU CALL, JUST SAY I

WANT TO PRAY AND ASK JESUS

TO COME INTO MY HEART.

FOR EVERYBODY THAT CALLS,

WE'VE GOT A FREE PACKET FOR

YOU.

IT'S CALLED "A NEW DAY."

IN THERE IS A C.D. TEACHING,

ABOUT AN HOUR, 70 MINUTES

LONG.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

WHAT DO CHRISTIANS BELIEVE?

HOW DO YOU LIVE THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE?

WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?

AND THERE IS ALSO A BOOKLET

WITH BIBLE VERSES IN IT.

WE ENCOURAGE TO GET INVOLVED

IN A LOCAL CHURCH, GET A

BIBLE AND START READING IT.

START RENEWING YOUR MIND

THROUGH SCRIPTURE.

THAT'S HOW YOU DO IT.

YOU READ THE BIBLE EVERY DAY

AND PRAY AND ASK JESUS TO

TALK TO YOU AND TO BE WITH

YOU.

IF YOU DO THAT, HE'LL DO

IT.

BUT MAKE THAT PHONE CALL.

WE WANT TO GET THIS PACKET

TO YOU FREE.

THE PACKET IS FREE, THE

PHONE CALL IS FREE -- IT'S

ALL FREE.

JUST GIVE US A CALL.

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, WE'VE GOT SOME CHATS.

LET'S GO OVER TO DIMITRI IN

THE CHATROOM.

STEPHANIE SAYS, "I HAVE

BEEN CHECKING OUT NEW

CHURCHES, AND ONE WAS SO

PERFORMANCE-DRIVEN, AND THE

OTHER WAS SO OLD-FASHIONED.

WHY SHOULD I BOTHER WHEN IT

SEEMS LIKE NO ONE KNOWS HOW

TO BE NORMAL?"

Gordon: OH, THERE ARE

PLENTY OF THEM THAT KNOW HOW

TO BE NORMAL.

THERE ARE EXTREMES.

AND SOME PEOPLE ACTUALLY

LIKE THE OLD-FASHIONED

CHURCH.

THEY REALLY APPRECIATE THAT

KIND OF FELLOWSHIP.

SOME LIKE THIS SUPER

PERFORMANCE CHURCH.

SO YOU'LL FIND ONE THAT YOU

LIKE.

BUT I'LL GIVE YOU A BIT OF

ADVICE: STOP LOOKING FOR THE

PERFECT ONE BECAUSE AS SOON

AS YOU JOIN IT, IT WON'T BE

PERFECT ANYMORE.

THERE ARE NO PERFECT

CHURCHES, BUT THERE ARE

WONDERFUL CHURCHES AND

WONDERFUL FELLOWSHIP.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE

FOR THIS PROGRAM.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM JOHN 3: "FOR GOD

SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE

GAVE HIS ONLY SON SO THAT

EVERYONE -- THAT'S YOU --

EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM

WILL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE

ETERNAL LIFE."

THAT'S THE HOPE OF OUR

CALLING, THE HOPE OF OUR

SALVATION.

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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