Life Worth Living — Week 4

//Life Worth Living — Week 4
Life Worth Living — Week 42018-06-19T14:44:23+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 = GatherR = Review the events in each other’s livesO = Open God’s Word, using the podcast of the messageU = Understand and apply just one (1) truth by putting it into actionP = Pray for each other…for God’s wisdom, strength and courageWhen 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

Describe a time when you were really hungry or thirsty. What was it like to quench that appetite?

Discuss what righteousness is and how to stay hungry for God and his Word.

Pray: Lord, thank you for the gift of your righteousness and the sacrifice Jesus made on my behalf. Help me keep you first in my life and read your Word every day. Keep me from the junk that abounds in this world that would tear me away from you. Give me discernment as I choose who to spend my time with and what we will do. Help me stay right with you and live a life that pleases you. In the name of Jesus we pray. 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?

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LIFE WORTH LIVING Week Four:

 “God blesses those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6 (NIV)

In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon wrote of the futility he found in the pursuit of the things of this world. Pursing these things leaves us empty. So where do we find fulfillment? We find it in the righteousness of God; being right with him and living the way he intends. Righteousness is not only something God does for us, it is something he does in and through us; he does all the work. Our role is to accept what God has done for us. No matter who we are or what we’ve done, God wants each of us to be saved. Then, as you hunger and thirst for righteousness, you will be filled.

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

“The Good News shows how God makes people right with himself.” Romans 1:17 (NCV)

1. Righteousness is both a relationship and a lifestyle. It is being in a right relationship with God. What can you do this week to remove any obstacles limiting your relationship with him? As a lifestyle, righteousness is living the way God wants us to live. How can you discern what God wants you to do with your life? How do you distinguish God’s plans from your own?

“There is not a righteous person on earth who always does what is right and never sins.” Ecclesiastes 7:20 (NIV)

2. We can’t make ourselves righteous and we can’t keep God’s commandments all of the time. Do you believe God can forgive your worst sin? Why or why not?

“The Lord says, ‘All you who are thirsty, come and drink…Why spend your money on something that is not real food? Why work for something that doesn’t really satisfy you? Listen closely to me and you will eat what is good; your soul will enjoy the rich food that satisfies.’” Isaiah 55:1-2 (NCV)

3. Take time to pray together, offering gratitude for God’s love. In light of that love, why do you think we often want to substitute the nutritious spiritual food that God offers with “junk food” that offers no satisfaction? What “junk food” would you like to eliminate from your life, and what substitute might you enjoy that God tells us he will provide?

“You must crave the pure spiritual milk (of the Word) so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment like a baby cries for milk.” 1 Peter 2:2 (NLT)

4. Knowing God should be our number one goal. Therefore we need to crave knowing him like a baby craves milk. What is meant in this verse by “fullness of your salvation?” What happens to our spiritual health and our relationship with God if we neglect nourishing ourselves spiritually?

“He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy…” Titus 3:5 (ESV)

1. Where have you experienced God’s mercy most deeply in your life? Why is God’s mercy personally transforming?

2. Matthew 5:6 (above) tells us to hunger and thirst for righteousness, for if we do, we will be fully satisfied. Why do you think this is true?

WEEK FOUR MEMORY VERSE

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