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OPINION

BIBLE STUDY: Sunday, June 17, 2012

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curriculum and additional resources for all age groups.
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This week's Bible study is adapted from the YOU! curriculum.

Bible Passages: Genesis 6:5-9, 7:1, 13-15

Discussion Question: In what aspects of your life do you struggle most with stepping apart from the culture?

Food for Thought:

Did one of your parents ever ask, "Would you jump off a bridge just because everyone else would?" Perhaps most kids have heard that question at some point during their youth as their parents tried to explain how doing what's right isn't always about doing what's popular. To be a Christian sometimes means setting ourselves apart from what's considered cool or trendy. Lecrae, a successful rap artist, knows all about stepping apart from what's popular so that he can stand up for Christ.

Lecrae defines hip hop music as more than mere music; it's actually a culture. "It's the lens by which you see the world." As the young son of a single mom, Lecrae would sneak in to watch rap videos at his grandmother's house since that was the only way he could see them. In those videos he found his early mentors, and though he wasn't a great athlete or student, he could rap. He idolized gangsters and criminals and pursued their lifestyle despite being urged by his mother to read his Bible. But an invitation to a conference in a big city changed all that.

At that conference Lecrae heard James White deliver a message that showed him he needed a Savior. He heard the Gospel, accepted Christ, and over the next few years, he laid the foundation for Reach Records so that he could use music to offer hope and encouragement to others. He's found much success in the last several years and has garnered award nominations and chart-toppers with Billboard. Accolades aside, Lecrae's mission continues to be to impact lives around the world for Christ. How will you step apart from what's culturally accepted to stand up and stand out for Jesus?

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The YOU! curriculum, intentionally focused on urban and multicultural believers, is biblically based with culturally relevant lessons to help people connect, grow, serve and ultimately be engaged in impacting the world for God. This flexible quarterly resource offers weekly Bible study for leaders and learners, devotionals and teaching plans as well as articles on hot topics and missions. For more information, visit LifeWay.com/YOU.

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