Song: Empire State of Mind
Artist: Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
Album: The Blueprint 3
Union Congregational United Church of Christ
Teaching Point: Righteous indignation needs to be expressed sparingly, if ever at all.
Opening Questions: When do you feel the need to defend Jesus?
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys have teamed up in their performance of mega-hit “Empire State of Mind.” The song, a tribute to Jay-Z’s love of New York, contains a line that has caused controversy among Christians.
- When Jay-Z raps “Jesus can’t save you. Life starts when the church ends.” What emotions do you feel? What do you want to do?
- What circumstances would make a person feel like Jesus can’t save them?
- What kind of “life start” is the singer talking about when the church ends?
- What else can you think of that may be behind these lyrics?
- Mark 11:15-17
- Luke 19:45-46
- Luke 19:2-7
- Mark 2:1-5