Life Worth Living — Week 6

//Life Worth Living — Week 6
Life Worth Living — Week 62018-06-19T14:44:23+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

• Integrity means being the same outside and inside. Name fruits or vegetables in which the outside is a different color than the inside. Then name fruits or vegetables that have the same color both inside and outside.
• Help group members understand how God blesses people who have pure hearts of integrity, acting the same way in all parts of their lives while living with authenticity and sincerity.
• Motivate group members to develop integrity in practical ways and in all areas of their lives—including financially, relationally, and spiritually—according to God’s Word.
• Pray: Lord, thank you for teaching us in your Word that though man looks at outward appearances, you look at our hearts and long to bless those whose hearts are pure. Father, you knew we were not going to be perfect, so thank you for your grace and for sending your Son to be our Savior. Holy Spirit, keep our hearts pure and help us develop integrity in our finances, relationships, at work, and in all areas of our lives. We fix our eyes on you, Jesus, and the eternal rewards of a life lived with integrity.
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.

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 Six:

“God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.”  Matthew 5:8 (NLT)

Our culture is obsessed with appearance – beauty, intelligence, success – but God cares about what is inside, not about our wealth or accomplishments. In fact, God cares more about our hearts than about our sins. God blesses people who have pure hearts of integrity, acting the same way in all parts of their lives while living with authenticity and sincerity. Having integrity doesn’t mean being sinless, but it does mean having a reputation (what other people can see about you) that matches your private life that no one else can see. Here we’ll talk about several of the blessings of integrity and several ways of living that will develop more integrity in our lives.

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

“The integrity of the honest keeps them on track.”  Proverbs 10:9 (NLT)

1. When we encounter life transition moments such as school graduations or marriages or job changes, deciding what to do next is very important. At those points, why do you think the integrity of honest people keeps them on track?

“Because you were faithful with small things, I’ll now put you in charge of much greater things.” Matthew 25:21 (NCV)

2. If a person is very sincere about small things, we can guess that is a person of integrity who can be in charge of much greater things, which is God’s reward. Share any experience you had of receiving a blessing of greater responsibility after walking with integrity in some aspect of your life.

“People who promise things they never give are like clouds and wind that bring no rain.” Proverbs 25:14 (TEV)

3. Read Proverbs 25:14. What are practical things one can do to keep an important promise that seems impossible?

4. Meditate on Proverbs 25:14. What have you promised someone—a mate, child, or friend—but haven’t done yet?

“Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”  Colossians 3:23 (NLT)

5. Living with vocational integrity means doing your best at work, as suggested by Colossians 3:23 above. What are practical examples of working the way this verse describes, since you are not literally working for the Lord?

6. Why would God want us to work hard at a job that we don’t even like, or care what we do when nobody is watching?

“How can I keep my way pure? By living according to your Word.” Psalm 119:9 (NIV)

1. How would beginning each day by confessing your previous day’s bad works help keep your ways pure?
“If you pray to God, … are pure, and live with integrity, God will rise up and restore your happy home.” Job 8:5-6 (NLT)

2. How would a difficult or unhappy aspect of your home life look different if you chose that area of your life and practiced living with more authenticity and sincerity in that area?

Review any assignments or commitments made during your previous meeting.

WEEK SIX MEMORY VERSE

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