Gather/Get Together


Review Your Time Since You Were Last Together


Open God’s Word


Understand & Apply One Thing


Pray For Each Other


Week Three 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

When it comes to family, the only thing we all have in common is conflict. Family conflict is like no other because when you win an argument in your family, you don’t really win anything. The conflict is never fully resolved.
What if there was a way to resolve family conflict by dealing with it at its source?
1. What did conflict look like in your family when you were growing up?
2. How do you handle family conflict? Are you a peacemaker, sulker, stuffer, litigator, or screamer?
3. Who is suffering right now because you aren’t getting your way? What do you want from him or her?
4. What can this group do to help you follow through on telling that person, “You know what part of the problem is here? I’m not getting what I want”?
The source of your external conflict is an undetected internal conflict that is raging out of control. Acknowledge it so you can stop blaming others for your unhappiness and discontentment. It may be the only thing that enables you to surrender yourself to the One who knows what’s best for you.
As long as you blame others for your unhappiness, you will always be unhappy.
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
James 4:1–3