Starting Over: Week 4

  • Starting Over: Release Your Regrets
    May 11 & 12 2019
    Ron Williams

Icebreaker Question: Tell about a time when you went a whole day or at a party with something glaringly wrong about your outfit or your appearance, but no one said anything.

  • What challenged you, confused you, or changed you during the weekend’s message?
  • Pastor Ron said that the regrets we refuse to release will always have their grip on us. What are some ways that you have seen regret grip onto the people you love?
  • Read Ephesians 4:31-32 together. Where do we get our example of forgiveness?
  • Is it harder for you to receive forgiveness from others, extend it to others or forgive yourself?
  • Part of the process of releasing our regrets is remembering what God has done for us, where God has brought us from, and who God is creating us to be. Take some time as a group to identify some passages in the Bible that remind us of these things. [Leader note: if your group needs help 1 Peter 2:9 is a great place to start.]

Life at Home Question: Exercise your “release muscles” this week. Our regrets can come from many different things; a sin we’ve committed, a mistake we’ve made, a hurt we’ve caused, a hurt we’ve received or a pain we have from life circumstances. Some steps you can take this week are:

Pray: Talk to God this week and ask Him to forgive you, to help you forgive yourself or to help you forgive someone that has hurt you.

Conversation: Maybe you need to have a conversation with someone you hurt or who hurt you in order to release and move past a regret.

Write a Letter: Sometimes a conversation isn’t possible because someone we need to talk with isn’t willing to talk, is no longer living, or because a conversation will actually make the situation worse. If this is the case writing a letter or putting your thoughts down could be the best step forward.