The discussion guide below is an awesome resource to spark ongoing conversation with your mentee about Christ. Lecrae’s Just Like You is a great song about realities that many of our kids see. This discussion guide was written up by Billy (men’s mentor coordinator) originally to be used by the men, because the song does speak specifically to young men. However, the discussion guide can be easily adapted to be just as useful for young ladies. Please check it out and let us know how it went! (We hope to provide more resources like this for you in the future, here on the blog.)
Just Like You Discussion Guide
Lecrae is a talented hip hop artist who uses his art for the purpose of exalting Jesus rather than the usual idols of the world (money, sex, self, etc…) Unfortunately many of our boys and girls are exposed from a young age to the latter form of hip hop and it shapes of a lot of the way they view the world. By using this song it provides a familiar sound and style but with substance that they may have never been exposed to. You can read more about Lecrae here (http://reachrecords.com/artists/show/Lecrae).
Purpose: To promote primary discussion of who your mentee sees as a role model and introduce/ reinforce the gospel of Jesus Christ.
1. Who are some men you look up to? (name 2 or 3)
2. What about these men do you like?
3. What about these men do you not like?
4. What kind of man do you hope to be when you grow up?
Watch Video- Lecrae- Just Like You
– You may want to show your mentee the post video questions before you watch so that during the video he can answer them. Or just show it more than once.
Post Video Questions:
1. Describe some of the negative behaviors seen in the video.
2. How would you describe the men in the video?
3. How can these negative behaviors effect your life as you grow older?
4. What can you do now to ensure that you do not pass on these behaviors to your own children?
Watch Video again with Lyrics
Have your mentee read the lyrics along with the song and ask a few questions that follow.
Find the lyrics here: Lyrics
1. Who used to be Lecrae s role models when he was young? (His Uncles)
2. What are some things that he learned from them? (How to dress, how to treat women, to gang bang- pyru is associated with the bloods, drugs, violence…)
3. Who does Lecrae want to be like now? (Jesus)
4. What did Jesus do in Lecrae s life? (redeemed him- this will take explanation)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, – Ephesians 1:7
Redemption means a releasing effected by payment of ransom – Jesus perfect life,death, and resurrection provides the acceptable sacrifice to God for our sins. In Christ we are now free, from sin and free to be in eternal relationship with God.
5. What are some things that he has learned from Jesus?
1. that real leaders follow God:
For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. John 6:38
2. not to rob/steal:
You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother. Mark 10:19
3. love your wife like Christ loved the church:
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, Eph 5:25-26
The following section can be used as ongoing discussion with your mentee. These questions don t have to all be asked at one time but can be brought up in the weeks and months following as the mentee and the relationship progresses. Feel free to share your own story of how God has pursued and saved you.
We ve been talking a lot about Lecrae and his walk with Jesus. now let s talk about yours.
- What do you know about Jesus?
- Have you trusted Him for salvation?
- What does that mean to you?
- What are some things you are in the process of learning about Jesus?
- How can I pray for you.?
End the time with prayer for/with your mentee for God to raise him up to be a man, which is to be like Jesus. Use this talk/discussion in future conversations about positive and negative behavior that you see and to challenge your mentee about choices that they make.
*Use this when you feel your mentee is ready and when you are ready. Feel free to adapt this as you see fit works for your unique relationship. For example you may want to break this up over the course of days/weeks.