Disciple: What a concert!

So Sunday night, my good friend Wade Hester and I made our way down to Greenville, SC, to see one of our favorite bands in concert:  Disciple.  They are a very unusual band, with thoughtful, reverent lyrics and a sound something like early Metallica – very heavy and with vocals that sometimes are more scream than sing.  (That last aspect I’m not so crazy about, but it’s part of the package.)

The concert was awesome.  They said there were more than 300 people there, and the venue was totally packed, so you can tell this wasn’t a big setting.  The opening acts were fine, but really it makes such a difference when you actually know and love the songs that are being played.  Disciple came on and they were really awesome.   I wish they had played “Worth it All”, but that’s OK — the show was awesome and I can’t complain about any of the tunes they chose, which were fairly well balanced across their three most recent albums.

The most impressive part of the show, however, was not the music.  It’s hard to imagine effective evangelism being done from the stage, especially at this sort of concert where the whole place was basically a big mosh pit, but really, it was extremely powerful.  Lead singer Kevin Young spoke to the common dispair that all believers feel when we have fallen and feel unworthy to be known by God.  Later, he talked about the Prodigal Son.  The most impressive thing, though, was after the encore was over and the rest of the band had left the stage.  Young stayed at the mic and delivered a far more passionate, far more compelling Gospel presentation than I have ever heard.  Ray Comfort would have been proud with how he layed out the case that all of us are undeniably trapped by sin; our conscience testifies to this, and we know that we stand guity before a holy God.  Then he proceeded to effectively and repeatly point to the cross, calling unbelievers to faith and calling believers out of hypocrisy.  When he asked for a show of hands of how many people acknowledged that they were without Christ and needed him, I would estimate that 30 hands went up — perhaps 10% of the crowd.

It was stunning, and perhaps the saddest part is that most of the people there knew they were coming to a Christian concert and probably considered themselves Christian on some level.  They probabably had never heard a full presentation of the Gospel – to realize that salvation is no just a matter of showing up at church and punching the clock, but rather is a matter of life and death, a matter of dying to self and rising in Christ as a new creation.  I applaud Kevin Young and Disciple for the courage to lead a 15 minute Bible study as part of the concert.  It would be easy to just leave the stage, knowing they had played music that exalted God and be done with it, but they didn’t leave it there.  Obviously, they feel a burden to use the “stage” they have for an even higher purpose, and it was awesome to see.   Well done, guys.


1 Response to “Disciple: What a concert!”

  1. 1 Wade
    March 28, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Amen! Totally agree with your assessment. And it looks like I’m available to go to the next one on 5/21. Game on?

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