Questions – 04.15.2018

“The Mark of the Nail: Shame & Regret”


Small Groups at Lakeland exist to make disciples who make disciples in relational environments as we live out the four habits – accountability, shepherding, developing others, and on mission. 


ICEBREAKER (optional): Tell us about your worst haircut.


DISCUSSION STARTER (optional): Let’s start by asking if anyone has a specific takeaway from this weekend’s message that they’d like to share.




  1. This weekend we focused on our shame and regrets. As a child, how did you generally respond to shame and regret?  Did that response follow into your adulthood?
  2. ON MISSION/DEVELOPING OTHERS: Have you ever had the opportunity to walk alongside someone else as they were journeying through shame and regret? What was that experience like?  What did you learn though it?
  3. In your opinion, how does our culture encourage us to deal with our shame and regrets?
  4. ACCOUNTABILITY: Let’s see what the Bible says about shame and regret.  Instruct your group members to turn to one of these passages, read it, and share with the group ‘What does this say about our shame and regrets?’ – Colossians 1:19-22; Psalm 103:12; Hebrews 12:1-2; Philippians 3:14-15; Romans 8:1.
  5. Romans 6:4 says, “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” What is “newness of life”?  How do we experience it more as disciples of Jesus?


SHEPHERDING: Baptism is a great symbol of experiencing new life in Christ.  If you have never been baptized, Lakeland is offering for people to be baptized on the weekend of May 19 & 20 at all the services.  The next step to exploring that would be to attend the Baptism Track on either April 29 at 9:15 or May 6 at 10:45. [As the pastor-shepherd of your group, make yourself available for any questions on that.  People can also contact Heather for more info at]