Heaven and Hell at the Jaap Eden Hall

We have used many different ways to demonstrate the Cross over the years. One time, my band was invited to play at the Jaap Edenhall in Amsterdam. Slayer was booked the night before, so the local newspapers dubbed the event “Heaven and Hell at the Jaap Eden Hall.”
David Pierce

David Pierce is the founder of Steiger International and the band No Longer Music. He is also the author of "Rock Priest" and "Revolutionary".
Instagram: @therockpriest
Twitter: @TheRockPriest

Website: www.steiger.org/davidpierce

To illustrate the cross, I was carried on stage in a coffin. While the band was singing about how Jesus defeated the power of death, I came out of the coffin with a white sledgehammer and smashed the coffin to pieces on the stage. Another time my band strapped me to a cross made out of a microphone stand, attached jumper cables, and electrocuted me.

I am always asking God to give me a more effective way to communicate the cross to a secular audience.

One very important principle I've learned is that you need to "show" people who Jesus is before identifying Him as Jesus. That's because if I were to begin a concert in a secular venue saying "We are here in the name of Jesus!", many people would think "I know who Jesus is, and I'm not interested" and they would leave.
The truth is people have all sorts of misconceptions about Jesus. The Jesus they reject, you would also reject. Some think he is passive or indifferent. Others may think Jesus exists, but that He is an angry judge keeping a list of all the bad things they've done. Our challenge is to get them to see who Jesus really is.

In NLM, we use theater to show the Cross without it being explicitly clear that it's the Gospel. Than, at the end of the concert, when I identify the story as the Gospel the crowd is often very surprised. They think, “I’m not supposed to like Jesus, but I like him, and I don’t know what to do.  I see the truth in this message, and I’m touched.”

It's important that when you lift up the Cross outside of the church that you try to communicate in such a way that the people God has called you to will understand. This often means "showing" people who Jesus is first.

When we've done this, we have seen people open up, and literally thousands give their lives to Him!  

Related items

  • Episode 167: Raising Kids That Will Want to Follow Jesus.

    Are we raising our kids to believe something that is just a set of good habits and morals or are we showing them what it truly means to have a relationship with God?
    David shares his experience in raising two kids as a missionary and some of the important steps he took so that they would see what it really means to follow Jesus. 

  • Episode 166: Hell, Overseas Missions, F-Bombs, and Other Related Topics.

    In this bonus episode of the Provoke&Inspire podcast Ben and David answer questions sent in from our community. They look at what makes overseas missions unique and why it’s important, discuss the use of vulgar language and the importance of having a healthy revelation of hell.

  • Episode 165: We Need Broken Hearts More Than Clever Words!

    In this episode of the podcast, Luke returns and joins David and Ben as they dig into the topic of relevance.

    Due to high demand the guys take another look at the idea of how should followers of Jesus should respond to divisive issues in culture today.

    They ask, how can a Christian be equipped to engage and challenge secular culture without losing their heart for people and focus on the Cross?

  • Episode 164: Taylor Swift Thinks We're Bigots. Is She Right?

    In this unplanned episode of the podcast David and Ben discuss Taylor Swift’s new single “You Should Calm Down” and its scathing attack on the abuse of LGBT community at hands of Christians.

    The guys wrestle with how followers of Jesus can meaningfully engage with a culture that views us as bigots, intolerant, and homophobic. They ask, in what ways is Taylor Swift right, and how can we do a better job of proactively demonstrating the love and character of God to an increasingly hostile world.

    You won’t want to miss this important discussion!

  • Episode 163: The World Thinks We’re Weird, and It’s Our Fault!

    In this episode, David shares about his day as a wedding singer in southeastern Turkey.

    The guys then move on the critical subject of relevance. They ask whether we have become foreigners in our cities and how we can become relevant in sharing the Gospel in secular culture. They talk about the need to develop authentic relationships with nonbelievers to learn how to communicate the Gospel effectively outside of the church.

    This discussion is vital to any Christian wanting to use their lives to reach people for Jesus!

Sign up for our newsletter and receive a FREE digital copy of "Revolutionary, Ten Principles That Will Empower Christian Artists to Change the World" by David Pierce.

Please wait