Originally designed with Pastors in mind, we’ve heard from a number of Life Group Leaders that they’re using SermonSpark’s Discussion Question Generator to proactively prepare for upcoming group sessions. Small groups are comfortable spaces for deep discussion – but sometimes, finding the right conversation starter questions can be a challenge. We’re thrilled SermonSpark is being used in this space!

If you’re a Life Group Leader, read on for how to make the most of this free tool. If you’re a pastor, consider sending this information to your group leaders to help them easily prepare for their gatherings each week.

Using SermonSpark for Life Groups

  • Log into SermonSpark – it’s free and anyone can sign up!
  • Under the Tools section, visit the Reach area and find Group Question Generator
  • Enter a topic from your Pastor’s weekly sermon.
  • Click “Generate Bible Study Discussion Questions.”
  • SermonSpark will present 10 results, with each result moving from a more conceptual space to a more deeply personal application of the topic.
  • For example, if the sermon was about ‘honesty,’ a Life Group Leader might be presented with the below suggestions:
    1. How does the Bible define honesty and why is it important in the Christian faith?
    2. Can you think of a time when you were not completely honest with someone? How did it affect your relationship with that person?
    3. What are some common struggles or temptations that can lead us to be dishonest in our words and actions?
    4. How can we cultivate a heart of honesty in our daily lives and interactions with others?
    5. What does it mean to speak the truth in love, and how can we balance honesty with kindness and grace?
    6. How does God view honesty and integrity, and what are some examples of individuals in the Bible who demonstrated these qualities?
    7. In what ways can being honest with ourselves about our own shortcomings and failures lead us to grow in our relationship with God?
    8. How can we hold each other accountable in our commitment to living a life of honesty and transparency?
    9. What are some practical steps we can take to build trust and credibility in our relationships through honesty?
    10. How can understanding the ultimate truth found in Jesus Christ inspire us to live lives of integrity and truthfulness in all that we say and do?
  • To go even deeper, we can take language from one of the later questions (“practical steps we can take to build trust”) and use that to generate 10 more discussion questions:
    1. How does the concept of trust play a role in our relationship with God?
    2. In what ways do you think trust can be built or broken within a Christian community?
    3. What are some practical steps we can take to cultivate trust within our small group?
    4. How can we apply biblical principles, such as honesty and forgiveness, to strengthen trust among group members?
    5. Have you experienced a time when trust was broken in a Christian setting? How did it impact your faith and relationships?
    6. How can we proactively address conflicts or misunderstandings that may threaten trust within our small group?
    7. What role does vulnerability play in building trust with others? How can we balance transparency with appropriate boundaries?
    8. How can we demonstrate trustworthiness in our actions and words, both inside and outside of our small group?
    9. Are there any spiritual practices or disciplines that can help us deepen our trust in God and others?
    10. What steps can we commit to taking individually in order to contribute to a culture of trust within our small group and beyond?

Bonus Feature: Flip the Script on Your Sermon

If you’re a pastor, you can also use this Discussion Question Generator to bring a new perspective to your sermon. The next time you’re drafting a sermon idea, visit SermonSpark. Put the topic of your sermon into the Group Question Generator to get an idea of helpful questions you could use in your sermon.

Here’s the tip: Read the questions and see if they guide your thinking to include any new areas in your sermon.

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If you’re already a SermonSpark user, you know that you can use it wherever you have wifi. If you’re not a SermonSpark user, what are you waiting for? Read more about it and watch a short overview video here. Then, sign up to get support in the palm of your hand – and an app that gives you back your most limited resource: Time.