Life Worth Living — Week 1

//Life Worth Living — Week 1
Life Worth Living — Week 12018-06-19T14:44:23+00:00

Gather

Gather/Get Together

Review

Review Your Time Since You Were Last Together

Open

Open God’s Word

Understand

Understand & Apply One Thing

Pray

Pray For Each Other

A NOTE FROM PASTOR DAVID

I am so proud of you for taking advantage of this Life Group Discussion Guide! 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. And you can even access a copy of the outline of the message. Then use the 3 or 4 discussion questions below 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 on the questions before the meeting, click on the link to the right “Suggestions for This Week’s Study”. That’s where you’ll find some ideas and icebreakers to get your mind and your group thinking about the lesson.

Also, if you’re interested in more detailed instructions or would like to sharpen your skill at leading/facilitating your group, click on the links to the right: “Using This Sermon Discussion Guide” and “Preparing To Lead Your Group”

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 groups@rocksprings.church.

Pastor David

1. Recall a time in your childhood or youth when you trusted someone you shouldn’t have. What lesson did you learn?
2. Realize that God wants us to be happy, but that happiness depends on who we are depending on. Trusting in God’s wisdom, strength, timing, defense, and wealth is the key to a blessed life. Would you give yourself a plus or a minus when it comes to being poor in spirit, or humbly depending on God in these areas?
3. What is the next step you need to make in your declaration of dependence on God? If you’ve never been baptized, do it today. You can go to your church or ask your group to do the honors. Close in prayer by asking God to make you a person he can bless.
Talk It Over is a tool to aid you in meeting the needs of your group. We’ve designed it so it can be completed easily within 30-45 minutes. As the discussion leader, you should preview and evaluate the questions based on the needs of your group. Decide in advance what is most important to focus on, should time not allow for the entire lesson.

Feel free to adapt the format to meet the needs of your group. If your group is mature and wants to dig deeper, consider using the Diving Deeper section or add additional Scripture and ask suitable questions. Remember that this is only a guide.

The questions relating to Bible study methods are helpful to develop Bible literacy and spiritual maturity in our lives. You can help your group be aware of their needs in these areas by using these questions as a regular part of each discussion.

Personal applications are essential for growth and should be included in every discussion. When discussing how they will apply principles, group members may state very general goals such as “I need to spend more time in prayer.” It is important for you to help people make goals that are very specific and commit to specific plans of action by asking, for example, “How are you going to begin?” An example is to get up 25 minutes earlier each morning, spending 15 minutes reading the Bible and 10 minutes in prayer. Encourage each group member to be accountable to the group for personal progress at the next meeting.

Your goal as the leader is to bring the group into a stimulating discussion that helps the members recognize their needs for personal life change. Ultimately you want them to be willing to commit to change with accountability to the group. Accountability helps us to persevere in our commitments and achieve the blessings of success.

Pray for insight as you begin to prepare for leading your group. Ask for God’s wisdom, that the Holy Spirit will be the teacher and that you will be God’s instrument to lead the group to greater understanding and a willingness to commit to becoming more like God. Prayer should be your primary source of personal preparation for leading your group.

Plan where you want to take your group in the next 60-90 days. Is your group strong in some areas and weak in others? How can you challenge the members to live more balanced Christian lives? Consider God’s five purposes for the church: Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry, Mission and Worship, and make a plan to encourage your group members to growth and commitment in their weak areas.

Ponder your progress after each session and at the end of a series. Reflect on what went well and what didn’t. Re-evaluation is key to your growth as a leader. Consider whether your plan is being effective in moving the group to greater understanding and commitment. How are you doing with leading the discussion: is it stimulating, challenging, and meaningful? Are you able to keep the group on track? Do you need to make some changes?

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LIFE WORTH LIVING Week One: IT DEPENDS…

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 5:3

The first word Jesus spoke in the Sermon on the Mount was the word HAPPY! The Greek word for bless is “makarios,” or happy. And we are happy, Jesus said, when we are poor in spirit. This means depending humbly on God instead of on myself. This lesson looks at five ways to do with that: 1) I depend on God’s wisdom, not mine; 2) I depend on God’s strength, not mine; 3) I depend on God’s timing, not mine; 4) I depend on God’s defense, not mine; and 5) I depend on God’s wealth, not mine. Let’s talk it over.

Open your group with a prayer. This is only a guide – select the points you want to discuss.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths. Do not be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, respect the Lord and turn your back on evil.” Proverbs 3:5-7 (NLT)

1. Our lives are blessed when we depend on God’s wisdom and not our own. We must acknowledge spiritual helplessness. Depending on ourselves leads to flopped, failed endeavors, resulting in painful, wasted time. Is there a time you thought whatever you did was right, but it ended so wrong? What might you have done differently, according to Proverbs 3:5-7?

“I depend on God alone; I put my hope in him. He alone protects and saves me; he is my defender, and I shall not be defeated. My salvation and honor depend on God; he is my strong protector; and he is my shelter!” Psalm 62:5-7 (TEV)

2. Our lives are blessed when we depend on God to be our shield and defender. We demonstrate enormous maturity by being silent before our accusers. Everyone experiences being misunderstood, criticized, judged, and naturally we want to defend ourselves. Discuss the five metaphors in Psalm 62:5-7. What are they? What do we gain by running to God instead of relying on ourselves?

“And my God will supply all my needs from his abundant wealth because of what Jesus Christ has done for us.” Philippians 4:19

3. Financial worries are one of the greatest sources of anxiety. Share a time when you faced a serious shortage and God supplied your need. Are you there right now? How can you depend on God’s wealth and not your own?

“I walk in the strength of the Lord.” Psalm 71:16a (LB)
“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart. He is mine forever!” Psalm 73:26 (NLT)

1. Our lives are blessed when we depend on God’s strength, not our own. In the verses above, the psalmist found comfort when his strength was insufficient. How, or in what circumstances, would these verses most comfort you? Consider memorizing them both.

“I trust in you, O Lord. You are my God. My times are in your hands.” Psalm 31:14-15a

2. Our lives are blessed when we depend on God’s timing, rather than our own. Recall a time you got impatient in God’s waiting room and rushed ahead on your own. What happened? Share how you’ve experienced God’s perfect timing. A delay is not a denial.

WEEK ONE MEMORY VERSE

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