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 = 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 David

Icebreaker: What’s an occasion when you “suited up” and faced opposition for something you believed in?
Goals: Christians in large numbers around the world face opposition for their faith every moment. There is great persecution of the faithful in both subtle and very dramatic ways. Understand and make second nature what the scripture says about facing opposition. Pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit and the love of Christ to be ready to face persecution at all times.
Final Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the hope you give us amidst opposition to our faith. We know we will face trouble from others for believing in you, but we pray that we can use this trouble to deepen our faith and become more like Jesus so that we can receive eternal rewards.
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 are persecuted because they live for God: the Kingdom of Heaven will be theirs! You will be blessed when people insult you, and persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:10-12

The Apostle Paul warns believers in 2 Timothy 3:12 (CEV) that, “Anyone who belongs to Christ Jesus and wants to live right will have trouble from others.” Three things believers should remember when they face opposition: (1) opposition can make me more like Jesus, (2) opposition will deepen my faith, and (3) opposition will give me eternal rewards. When believers face opposition, some things they can do include: (1) don’t be surprised, (2) don’t be afraid, (3) don’t be ashamed, (4) recognize the source, (5) refuse to retaliate, and (6) respond with a blessing. The 8th beatitude at the top of the page promises blessings for those who face opposition and are persecuted for their faith in Christ.

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

1. Read John 15:18-20 in your Bible and put it into your own words. How might opposition make believers more like Jesus?
“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.” John 3:19 (NASB)

2. Read John 3:19 above, which is in the account of Jesus speaking to Nicodemus at night. What – or Who – is the Light? Why did men love the darkness rather than the Light? What is God’s judgment of these people according to Jesus?

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” John 12:24 (NASB)

3. Discuss in your group how you feel about the persecution of Christians around the world. How have you or anyone close to you been impacted by disapproval or rejection because of your faith? Next read John 12:24 above and Matthew 5:10-12 at the top of the page. Discuss how these verses give you hope and help you more confidently and fearlessly proclaim your Christian faith as a result.

 “We’re not fighting against human beings, but against wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly realm.” Ephesians 6:12 (TEV)

4. Ephesians 6:12 above teaches believers that our battle is not against flesh and blood – but rather against “spiritual forces in the heavenly realm!” How might this truth affect our compassion for – and witness to – people who oppose our faith?

“Stay away from stupid and senseless arguments. These only lead to trouble. God’s servants must never quarrel. (Instead) be kind to everyone… and be patient. Be humble when you correct people who oppose you….  They’ve been trapped by the devil, and he makes them obey him, but God may help them escape.” 2 Timothy 2:23-26 (CEV)

5. What can we learn from 2 Timothy 2:23-26 above about handling opposition to faith in Christ? How do these verses say we should witness to others, and how might this approach help those who are trapped by the devil?

6. Read Romans 12:17-19 in your Bible and discuss what these verses say about retaliation. Give real-life examples of how you might handle persecution based on Jesus’ example in 1 Peter 2:23 (NIV): “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.”

Read Luke 6:27-29 in your Bible. It is not human nature to respond as Jesus calls us to! Yet, through prayer and the Holy Spirit, we can be filled with God’s love and overcome our natural responses. Take a moment and pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Ask God to make you victorious each day to respond like Jesus. Pray to be filled to the brim with God’s love and peace – particularly with your enemies. Make this part of your regular prayers as you pray for those who have hurt you.

Review any assignments or commitments made during your previous meeting.