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Justin Bieber invites The Chosen star to church

by Kelly Valencia

An actor in the popular series The Chosen, which narrates Jesus' life, has shared how he started to attend church services after Justin Bieber invited him to his. 

During an interview with FaithWire, actor Yoshi Barrigas recalled the meeting with Bieber. 

Barrigas, who plays the disciple Phillip in the series, had found a spot to read after hiking a mountain in Los Angeles, California. As he started reading the book in his hands he heard a familiar voice across the way. 

"Hey, what're you reading over there?" he recalled Bieber asking him.

"I look over, and it was Justin Bieber," Barrigas recounted. "I told him what I was reading, and we started conversing from afar."

Bieber then sat next to Barrigas and the pair went on to talk about various topics, including life's ups and downs and their current struggles.

"He interrupted me at one point and said, 'You know, I'm sorry to interrupt, but I really feel in my bones that I'm meant to introduce you to my church, so would you come?'" the actor remembered. 

"At the time, I had no real interest in any kind of church, but, as I said to him, 'I'm not gonna say no to you, man. You're Justin Bieber. So let's go.'"

"He was really cool about it," Barrigas continued. "He was like, 'If you like it, we'll stay, and, if you don't, we can go grab a beer.' So I was like, 'Alright, cool. No pressure. Let's go.'"

Barrigas ended up attending church with Bieber for the next six months after that initial conversation. It was the first time he was introduced to the Gospel.

It was during those months that he was presented with the opportunity to audition for The Chosen.

"I felt very prepared for it and it felt like something I really wanted and [was] really motivated to get," the actor said. "And here we are."

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