Amidst trying times pop star Justin Bieber is leading worship with his church and being open about his walk with Jesus.
"I just didn’t want people to think, like, this was a show"
Bieber led worship on Wednesday evening at Churchome in Beverly Hills, CA. Churchome is part of a network of churches led by Seattle pastor Judah Smith. Smith has been very close to Bieber over the years and has discipled the young star.
In a video of the church service posted to YouTube by TMZ Smith says “We first met when Justin was, like, eight or something in Toronto and he’s always been a worshiper and it’s a lot of who he is. I want to be part of a church where everybody gets a fair shake in using their gift to contribute to the community. So, far be it from me to stand in the way of someone who clearly has a gift to lead worship.”
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"I want to second that, too," Bieber says in response. "I’ve kind of not done this because I felt like — I didn’t want to make it seem like — I don’t know. Judah, you know what I’m trying to say. I just didn’t want people to think, like, this was a show," Bieber says while looking at the ground.
Bieber later posted a clip to his Instagram account and says that "God is pulling me through a hard season. Having trust in Jesus at your worst times is the absolute hardest."
"But if we are grateful and worship God for what we do have in that season there is so much power in that"
Bieber has been married to Hailey Baldwin for nearly a year and thanks her for her support in his Instagram post: "I also want to thank my wife for being such a huge support in my life through this season."
Further, in Bieber's Instagram caption he writes: "It says in the Bible count it all joy when you face trials of various kinds. Sounds insane considering when u [sic] face trials u [sic] feel terrible.
"But if we are grateful and worship God for what we do have in that season there is so much power in that ... whatever pain you are going through just keep telling yourself this won't last!"