Welcome to the Groups Discussion Guide

In this 5-week message series we’ll look at how God wants to be intimately connected to our lives, helping to guide and encourage us even through life’s most challenging decisions.


Session 3: The Door of Regret

Memory Verse
Memory Verse

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9

Intro
Intro
  • Begin your time with prayer.
  • Go around and share “highs and lows” from the week. What have been the highlights of your week? What has been hard this week?
  • Share our Big Idea for today with the group: We can walk through regret into new life and forgiveness in Jesus.
Watch The Video
Watch The Video

Connect
Connect

Discuss the following questions together:

  • Which do you think brings people more regret: things they’ve done or things they should have done, but didn’t do? Why?  
  • What kind of situations and decisions do people often regret?  
  • Share a time someone told you about a major regret in their life. 
Unpack
Unpack

Go around your group and have someone read each of the following verses. Don’t comment specifically on each one, but rather use the questions below to guide your responses as you consider all of the verses.

READ

DISCUSS

  • Based on the verses we just read, what are the benefits of choosing repentance over regret?
  • If you practiced repentance, what would change in your life that might help you feel more freedom in your relationship with God?

Now let’s read a longer section of scripture about this same topic. In Psalm 51, King David is processing a very poor decision he made to have an extramarital affair and violently cover it up. Despite his grave sin, this psalm gives us a window into his process of repentance.  

  • Read Psalm 51 together. 
  • What are some specific ways that David responds in repentance in Psalm 51?
  • Which of David’s repentant responses could you integrate into your own life, to help you overcome regret? 
Apply
Apply

Based on the verses we just read, there are a few things that we can do in response. Take a moment to discuss these application questions as a group.

  • If you’re comfortable, what are some situations of regret that you would like to share with the group? 
  • What would be the next step towards repentance in your life?  
  • What lessons has God taught you through your regretful experiences? How can you use those lessons to help others?
Closing
Closing
  • In this group, we have the opportunity to be vulnerable and ask for help. This week let’s make sure we’re staying connected with one another and asking for the support and encouragement we need to turn to God and let him help us process our regrets.
Daily Bible Reading
Daily Bible Reading

Use the S.O.A.K. method to reflect on the verses below.

Scripture: Read the verses several times out loud.
Observation: As you read the scripture what do you observe.
Application: What is God wanting you to believe, do or feel based on what you have read?
Kneel: This is a chance to pray about what you have read and learned.