If they don’t know already, Missouri lawmakers will learn about Capitol Ministries weekly legislative Bible studies at “Revival in the Rotunda,” a festive gathering that Pastor Matt Goodsell has organized at the state capitol building.
The “encouraging and uplifting event” will be held on the first floor of the majestic rotunda on March 23 at 11:30 a.m. To reach the maximum number of senators, representatives and their staff, the event is being held during lunch hour.
Pastor Goodsell, who was named ministry leader to the Missouri Legislature in June 2019, will talk about the Bible study he leads for members of the House Representative and about Capitol Ministries and its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ throughout the political arena of the world.
The God-centered event will include live music performed by Rep. Hannah Kelly, District 141, an accomplished pianist who regularly plays in the rotunda, singing led by Heather Allen, and a Gospel message by Pastor Goodsell. Also sponsoring the event are The Pocket Testament League and the Fellowship of Missouri Baptist Evangelists.
“This is a non-partisan event,” Pastor Goodsell said. “No politics, just the gospel. There will be an open invitation at the close of this event to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. A similar event has already been scheduled for May 11.”
The revival is the latest in a number of ways Pastor Goodsell has spread the word about the weekly CapMin Bible studies he launched last year.
During the session of 2020 he began two separate studies, one to legislative assistants during lunch on Tuesdays and a Wednesday morning study for members of the House Representatives. After meeting restrictions were imposed due to COVID concerns, he is sending the studies through email and Facebook attachments.
In January while the capitol building was temporarily closed due to meeting restrictions, Pastor Goodsell remained in contact with 45 of the 162 legislators through a private Facebook page and distributed his Bible studies to all legislators via email.
When the capitol is again opened, Pastor Goodsell will hold weekly Bible studies in the capitol in the office of Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick at his invitation.
Pastor Goodsell is also the pastor of Ashland Baptist Church which is committed to fulfilling the Great Commission and is in full support of the legislative ministry. This year Pastor Goodsell will teach legislators from the Gospel of John.
Given the recent unrest and division across America, Pastor Goodsell said teaching legislators the Bible is vitally important not only for their benefit, but also for Missouri and the nation.
“Like everyone, legislators need to know and understand Biblical truth,” Pastor Goodsell said. “And there is so much untruth, lies and deception out there. They need to hear biblical truth directly from the Word of God.”