Gather/Get Together


Review Your Time Since You Were Last Together


Open God’s Word


Understand & Apply One Thing


Pray For Each Other


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

Pastor David

• Name items that toddlers typically get upset about if they lose or can’t have.
• Goal: Lead group members to a biblical understanding of how God blesses broken hearts by (1) drawing us closer to him when we grieve, (2) grieving with us, (3) giving us a church family for support, (4) using grief to help us grow, (5) giving us the hope of Heaven, and (6) using our experience to help others.
• Pray: Jesus, as one who suffered greatly on Earth, you are fully aware of all the sufferings, losses, and disappointments we undergo. Lord, thank you for drawing us close to you when our hearts feel crushed and grieving with us when we grieve. Surround us with those whom we can receive comfort and those we can comfort. Holy Spirit, guide us to grow with grace and strength in our grief and grant us the hope of Heaven in our mourning. Amen.
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?


“God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”  Matthew 5:4 (NLT)

In this broken world of suffering, losses, pressures, disease, and disappointments, God blesses broken hearts. In this study, we will learn that God draws the broken hearted close to him and God grieves with us when we mourn. God does not expect us to be happy all the time. In fact grief is essential to health. By creating us in his image, God is able to bless our broken hearts through the process of grieving. Often times, grief is the only logical response to losses in life, whether we’re undergoing a loss of health, divorce, tarnished reputation, or death of a loved one. We’ll learn that God uses grief to help us grow and that we weren’t meant to grieve alone. We also can grieve with the hope of Heaven. Ultimately, God can use our experiences to transform us and our greatest hurt can lead to our greatest contribution to others.

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

“So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others…  Be devoted to each other like a loving family…  Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” Romans 12:15,10,15 (NIV/GW)

1. Think about how these verses emphasize the importance of relationships. Share a memorable celebration, who it was with, and how including others added to that experience? How does sharing a time of sorrow with others change that experience for the better?

“Comfort each other and give each other strength.” 1 Thessalonians 5:1 (ICB)

2. What are some messages our culture has taught us about how to handle a loss or how to expect others to get over a loss that keep us from mourning in a healthy way?  What are some healthy ways we can comfort and support each other?

“Sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways” Proverbs 20:30 (TEV)

3. Changing our ways is very difficult, especially as we get older. Sometimes it takes a painful experience for us to mature or transform. Share about a painful experience that influenced you to change your ways. How did it change your life for the better?

“These … troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing.” 1 Corinthians 4:17 (CEV)

4. When we have a time of loss, difficulty, or grief, focusing on eternal glory can help us find purpose in our pain. What does eternal glory mean to you?  Share and discuss it with your group.

“God comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others with the same comfort we received from God.”  2 Corinthians 1:4

5. Every day we either need comfort or need to comfort others. The verse above shows us we don’t have to go through our troubles alone and that our troubles are not the end of a process, as we sometimes think, but the middle. Talk about how even in the midst of our loss, comforting others can help us heal.

“Jesus wept.” John 11:35

1. Many men are taught to not cry nor show emotions. Jesus wept as an expression of his love. Discuss with your group your thoughts about crying openly and how it may change, if crying were an expression of love.

“…we don’t want you to grieve like other people who have no hope.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13b (GW)

2. For people who grieve without hope, grief can be destructive. Grief with hope can be a stepping stone towards deepening our faith that this life is not all there is. Compare what grief looks like with and without hope.

3. Often when things are good, we forget God’s hand in our lives and are unaware of others pain. When God supports us in our heartache, we are shown the importance of comforting others. Talk about times of heartache and how God was there for you.

Review any assignments or commitments made during your previous meeting.