5th Quarter steps it up

Image: Rap it up! — Jeremy Beggs is the new Youth Pastor at Central Baptist Church.  JRide is a Christian rapper and students receive The Message through music.

Rap it up! — Jeremy Beggs is the new Youth Pastor at Central Baptist Church. JRide is a Christian rapper and students receive The Message through music. (Anne Sutherland)

One hundred thirty two Italy Junior High and High School students of all faiths feasted on hot dogs, nachos and homemade desserts Friday night after the Gladiator football game. The members of Central Baptist Church were happy to host the group and have them come to the Cornerstone and enjoy themselves in a safe, Christian atmosphere.

Jeremy Beggs is the new Youth Director at Central Baptist Church and speaks of “Things Eternal” in a different way than most pastors. Beggs is a professional Christian rapper and sends messages through song. “People ask ‘Why do I do this?’ and I explain I spread the gospel through music-it’s about Christ-my passion,” Beggs said. “Christ is in your life with a purpose from God,” Jeremy said to the kids and asks, “What does God want you to do?” It’s been 2 years since a family tragedy changed his life and turned him around. Jeremy wants to help the area youth and give them the message, “God can transform your life.”

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 NIV

Since arriving in Italy in June of this year from Waco, Jeremy and wife, Jessica, are ready to minister to the students. “I think it (5th Quarter) went very well,” Beggs said. “The kids were great. They seemed to be into the music as well as the message. During the serious moments of the show, they were quiet and attentive. I presented the Gospel to them at the end so hopefully some of them that are not yet Christians took it to heart. I just pray the Holy Spirit will work in their lives.”

Jeremy’s stage name is JRide and invites students to visit his website www.jrideministeries.com or his facebook page. He has downloadable music and CD’s for Christian listening. You can also contact him by email jeremybeggs@gmail.com or call 903-388-2633. Beggs is ready to minister youth or pre-teen functions, “If anyone is interested in having me come to your church or any event to minister through Christian rap, please let me know. I will send an info packet through the mail or I can email you. The word of God is always preached and the Gospel is always presented.”

CBC holds youth group meetings every Wednesday night beginning at 7pm at the Cornerstone. Youth can meet at 6 to play Ultimate Frisbee and everyone is invited to hear the word of Christ. The next 5th Quarter is September 17.