Justin Bieber reached out to fans on Wednesday and earlier this week with inspirational messages, which he shared on his Snapchat account. Chris Tucker also popped up.
You read that right. Chris Tucker.
For context: It’s no secret that Bieber credits his Christian faith as the major reason he was able to step out of his turbulent 2013-2014. In a recent cover story with L’Uomo Vogue, the singer reaffirmed that he sought the guidance of Hillsong Church NYC’s Pastor Carl Lentz and The City Church’s Pastor Judah Smith from last October.
Bieber is frequently spotted attending bible study or church services hosted by the pastors, both of whom he reportedly first met back in 2008. The 21-year-old told the magazine that, “Carl Lentz and Judah Smith have been really important – two pastors – super good guys who invited me to spend time with their families.”
He added, “They reminded me of who I am. It was a really moving experience.”
Back to the Canadian’s continuing adventures in Snapchat, which were complied on the Justin Bieber fan YouTube account below.
Bieber’s Snapchat blitz appears to have been prompted by a Smith-led bible study that he attended with pal Christian Beadles yesterday. In one video, the Fedora-wearing star asks fans “Who are you guys encouraging today? I encourage you to encourage somebody.”
The heartthrob shared an example, saying, “The littlest things help. Like, um, your server [is] bringing you food, compliment their outfit. Easy stuff, makes you feel good.”
“Should I keep my hair long like this? Or should I cut it a little bit so it’s like before?”
Chris Tucker made an appearance in one video. The comic actor is seen hamming a line from his hit 1998 film, Rush Hour. “Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?”
Tucker and Bieber were previously photographed at a party in Cannes, France, during the 2014 film festival.
An eyewitness tweeted about seeing Bieber and Tucker on Wednesday. It’s unclear where the two were hanging out.
Walking next to Bieber and Chris Tucker to the valet and Bieber says “Rush Hour is my *favorite* movie dawg”
— Nicholas L. Perez (@NicholasLPerez) June 25, 2015
The action then switches to Bieber and Beadles strolling along a sidewalk in Los Angeles after bible study. Christian is heard talking about Pastor Smith, saying, “The way he broke it down just made so much sense.”
To which, the singer responded by playfully dancing then parroting, “Oh, you like the way he breaks it down?”
Bieber then asks Christian if he felt “inspired to be a better person after Judah?”
A fan who attended the same bible study tweeted that Judah’s session was noteworthy.
— Stalker Sarah (@SarahMOnline) June 25, 2015
Bieber’s inspirational drive comes after the crooner Snapchatted seven spiritual messages on Monday night. The star shared two seemingly handwritten notes and other posts.
One of the handwritten messages is titled “I Believe” and reads as follows.
“Faith is not an enemy of science. There will be times when I have doubt. Remain in faith. Jesus is not offended by our doubt.”
The other Bieber-penned note, which he titled “Amazing,” states, “Expose your issues or your issues will expose you. I serve the god that says come as you are I’ll clean you up… Faith that leads to freedom. Faith that believes when it doesn’t see. Hebrews 11: 1-3.”
Among other messages Bieber posted were statements including, “God doesn’t promise our circumstances will change. But he promises he’ll walk with us through them.” To view the rest, click this link.
Following what may have been an epiphany experience for Bieber, his manager, Scooter Braun, took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to praise the singer’s ongoing efforts to better himself.
Woke up to an amazing conversation with a young man I’m extremely proud of. @justinbieber proud of u. Love yah buddy
— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) June 23, 2015
Braun offered more words of encouragement on Instagram.
Woke up to an amazing conversation with this young man. He pushes everyday to make himself better. To be a light in the world and grow from the lessons and obstacles we meet in life. He has a huge heart and wants more from himself to give to others. He can be my biggest pain in the ass and at the same time makes me the best version of myself. Lol. I'm so proud of the man he is becoming and how far he has come in the last 2 years. It is all about how you rise from a fall. Keep rising @justinbieber. So very proud of you. Love you kid 😉
Bieber, who is known to regularly attend Hillsong Church branches in New York City and Los Angeles, and the Seattle-based The City Church, has previously shared social media posts revealing his continuing self-improvement work.
In May, the Biebs posted a pic which showed him reading the Christian book “Occupy All Streets.” In his caption, the singer said he is developing a “relationship with God” which he called spiritual rather than religious.
While many may feel the pop star’s blossoming evangelicalism sits at odds with his former missteps, it is worth noting that all versions of the bible state the “good news” is meant for the “sinner” — not the “saved.”
Vindicate me, my god, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked. – Psalms 43 I'm not religious nor do i think I have ANYTHING figured out that's why I call out on God to help me through what I can't do on my own. Developing my relationship with God has been the coolest thing I've experienced, to know that I'm not alone and I don't have to live in fear. Never feel like I'm pushing anything on u but sharing the good news I've felt in my own life.
Certainly Bieber’s fans and friends appear to appreciate his encouragements on Snapchat.
Justin’s latest snapchat literally looks like an ad for a church. Like, the music and everything “Have you encouraged someone today”?
— RIP Michael Jackson (@LoveMyBooBieber) June 24, 2015
Justin Bieber is so inspirational on snapchat
— Grant Landis (@grantlandis) June 24, 2015
The fact that Justin actually sat down and focused to write all of this is so sweet, bless him pic.twitter.com/blRpe6rZCQ
— michelle (@drewsdimple) June 23, 2015
He’s amazing pic.twitter.com/5B2nA4jQsa
— Hanne (@kidrauhl_hanne) June 23, 2015
— ryan good (@thatrygood) June 23, 2015
@scooterbraun i just woke up to some texts but I’m proud too!
— Alfredo Flores (@AlfredoFlores) June 23, 2015
Braun and Bieber got together on Thursday to plug Pastor Judah Smith’s new book Life Is, which is a sequel to his New York Times bestseller Jesus Is_ (2013.)
[Images via Snapchat / Instagram]