“Gospel Explosion was awesome!” “I’m so glad I came.” “Jesus was definitely glorified tonight.” These are quotes from first time Gospel Explosion goers.
Gospel Explosion is an on campus concert featuring the Gardner-Webb E. Jerome Scott Gospel Choir. This third annual concert, under the direction of Canaan Grier, began promptly at 7:30 p.m. in the Dover Theatre as promised.
According to Grier, a senior and Discipleship major, the origin of Gospel Explosion comes from the passage of scripture in the Bible, Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”
“We make sure the name of Jesus is presented. It is radical and [it is] crazy. If you’re not ashamed [of him], you’re going to be radical about it,” said Grier.
With a band consisting of two keyboardists, a drummer, a bongo and bass guitar player, the choir started the night with a hand-clapping, foot-stomping, bumping rendition of gospel singer Deitrick Haddon’s ‘Watch Me Praise Him.’
The choir connected with the audience as numerous people began to stand and clap their hands and sing along. The night was off to a good start with songs such as ‘God is Great,’ ‘Here I Am To Worship and ‘Indescribable.’ The Dover Theatre was packed full of people who enjoyed praising and worshiping God.
The night was not solely about praising God through song but through other artistic forms. Darelle Dove, a student at Gardner-Webb and also a member of the Gospel Choir, was not ashamed to radically spread the good news of Christ, in the form of spoken word.
In his words Dove emphatically expressed his sincere love for God. Very precise, distinct and persuasive he informed the audience of God’s love for us. The following act was Heart of Fire Dance Ministry. They danced unashamedly to two dance numbers.
Earlier in the week Grier stated the goal of Gospel Explosion. “The main goal is for people to come to Christ through the music they hear.” The goal was reached and achieved by the end of the night. As the choir sang a medley of soft melodious songs of surrendering to Christ, one by one people walked down to the front of the Theatre and gave their lives to him.
Ministers in the audience came down to pray with each person, as people everywhere wiped their own tear stained cheeks. It was a beautiful sight.
“You may not remember our names, but it’s our responsibility that you know Jesus. To God be all the glory! We don’t want none of it!” Grier said excitably.