ANNOUNCEMENTS — Here are announcements specific to Moscow.
- DiscipleShift (DS1)
If you’ve taken 101: “Partnership,” DiscipleShift is your next step! DiscipleShift is an experience in relational discipleship. Join us for this all-day event on February 20 at the Moscow Campus. Sign up at liferotp.com/ds1.
- CRUX High School Winter Retreat
February 12–13 at Silver Mountain $180 includes everything but rentals
Register now at liferotp.com/crux.
- Worship & Baptism Celebration
February 16, 7:00 pm at Real Life, Moscow Campus
- Seder Meal
March 22, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Marty Solomon will be leading us in a reenactment of the Passover meal Jesus and His disciples observed the week of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Sign-ups close March 1. Sign up at liferotp.com/calendar.
WELCOME — Don’t read through the list; this is something that you model.
- Help new believers, visitors, and members feel valued and welcomed.
- Start at the moment someone arrives and don’t end until everyone is gone.
- Establish a foundation for relationships.
OPENING PRAYER — Don’t read through the list; this is something that you model.
- Invite God’s Holy Spirit into our presence.
- Prepare our hearts for what God has for us.
- Shift our attention from individual fellowship to the group.
PURPOSE/VISION CASTING — Don’t read through the list; say them in your own words.
“The purpose of this group is…”
- to mature in our relationship with God.
- to have the people we need around us to disciple and encourage us.
- to be here for others in the group; to encourage and disciple others.
- to live life together; we are here for each other in the joyful and difficult moments of our lives.
- to invite other people into a relational environment, which means our group will branch at some point; when that point comes, if you would like to lead or host a group, please let me know.
GROUND RULES — Cover all the ground rules.
- Confidentiality: What’s said in the group stays in the group.
- Listen: Let’s value one another during the discussions by really listening to what is being shared. Try to avoid thinking about how you are going to respond or what you are going to say next.
- Pause: Allow a pause in conversation after someone shares to give the person sharing a chance to finish and give the group an opportunity to consider what was shared before responding.
- Silence: It is important to allow silence in the group as it provides an opportunity for someone to share and for members in the group to process the topic or question being considered.
- No Cross Talk: Be considerate of others as they are sharing. No side conversations.
- No Fixing: We are not here to fix each other. Jesus does that. Give encouragement, speak truth, and point to Jesus. Don’t try to fix each other.
- No Rescuing: When people are sharing something deeply personal, there can be a tendency to make them feel better about themselves or the situation by providing immediate condolences. This will often cause them to stop sharing. Resist the temptation to rescue people.
- Sharing: Be sensitive about the amount of time you share.
- Use “I” statements: It’s easy to talk about the issues of others, but for our purposes, we want you to put yourself on the table. Try to use “I” statements rather than “they,” “the church,” “us,” “we,” etc.
- Household Rules: We appreciate those who open their home up to CARE Groups and out of respect to them we need to… (e.g., take shoes off, clean up toys afterward, put chairs back, leave by 8 pm, etc.)
OPENING CONNECTION — Use the following icebreaker.
- If there was a movie made about your life, what actor would you want to play your role?
STORY PREPARATION — Introduce today’s story.
- “Last Sunday was our second message on the book of Hebrews. In this series we are looking at how Jesus is a better way. This week we are looking at how Jesus understands and meets us in our pain.”
TELL THE STORY — Story the passage from memory.
- Hebrews 2:5–18
REBUILD THE STORY — Have someone read the passage.
- Was anything missed or added from the story?
DEBRIEF THE STORY — Ask the questions.
- Why do you feel God felt it was important for Jesus to suffer?
- What are some ways you see our culture avoid suffering? How do you cope with suffering?
- Where is the hardest place God has met you at? What did that experience teach you?
- What would your “Life Psalm” be? Why?
- How is God calling you to change in response to this week’s message?
CLOSE IN PRAYER — Don’t read through the list; choose a way to close in prayer.
- Take prayer requests.
- Pray about the conversation that you just had.
- Break up in smaller groups to pray as an option