Gather/Get Together


Review Your Time Since You Were Last Together


Open God’s Word


Understand & Apply One Thing


Pray For Each Other


Week One Group Guide

Family. That can mean so many things to so many people. But one thing we all have in common regarding family is…we all have one. Some of us consider it a treasure. Others think it’s a curse.

But there’s another thing we probably have in common: We all want something as good – if not betterfor our children. But what does “better” look like? What exactly are we aiming for?

During the “Family Matters” message series, the goal is to examine what the Bible has to say about “family” and to get a grip on why that matters.

  • Will we “redefine” family or will we choose to let God “refine” us through our family?
  • Is there a “secret sauce” for improving our family relationships?
  • Can we learn to fight fair?
  • Do we have any control over our family legacy?

This message series is designed to get us to think deeply about just a few basic principles that God says will improve the health and the value of our family. The Life Group Discussion Guide that follows will help you put these principles into action.


Let me take a moment to give you a quick tour and explanation of what you’ll find here. And most importantly, how to make the most of the components.

First of all, what I’m challenging you to do as a group is simply:

G = Gather

R = Review the events in each other’s lives

O = Open God’s Word, using the podcast of the message

U = Understand and apply just one (1) truth by putting it into action

P = Pray for each other…for God’s wisdom, strength and courage

When you get to the “O” … listen to the podcast by clicking on the “Podcast” button at the bottom of the page. And you can even access a copy of the outline of the message. Then use the 3 or 4 discussion questions in the sidebar to help everyone in the group to put the “U” into practice!

Those are the core ideas and steps of having a healthy and successful Rock Springs Life Group meeting!

If you would like to get a running start before the meeting, click on “Introduction” and “Moving Forward”. That’s where you’ll find some ideas to get your mind and your group thinking about the lesson, and to help you carry it through your week. And “Changing Your Mind” is where you’ll find the memory verse for the week.

Again, I’m really proud of you for doing this! If you get a moment, let us know that you’re giving it go, tell us about the exciting things that God may be doing in your group, and don’t hesitate to ask for guidance on group questions.  Just email us at

Pastor David

We get to pick our friends but none of us gets to pick our families of origin. As a result, family relationships can be the most challenging in our lives. They can also be the most rewarding. No one’s family is perfect, but is it possible to aspire to an ideal? Is it even worth it when we live in a world that is less than ideal?
1. What is one of your favorite childhood family memories?
2. Read Ephesians 6:1–2 and Colossians 3:18–21. How do these passages challenge your assumptions and experiences about family life?
3. What do you hope your children experience in family that you did not?
4. What is one thing you can do this week in your interactions with your spouse, parents, or children to better live out the New Testament family ideal?
Are we willing to embrace a standard that many of us have or will fall short of or will we redefine terms until we feel good about where we are? Are we willing to aim our children towards a destination we never reached or will we redefine normal?
Jesus didn’t leave us much of an option. We can’t lose sight of God’s original ideal in spite of cultural shifts and our own failures.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart 
and lean not on your own understanding;
Proverbs 3:5