Romans: Three Groups, One Problem (Romans 1:17–3:20)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS — These are announcements specific to the Moscow Campus.

  • Women’s Coffee Connection
    May 14, 9:00—10:30 am at Real Life, Moscow Campus
  • Worship Night & Baptisms
    Sunday, May 15, 6:00 pm
    Join us for an evening of worship and celebration.
  • Men’s Breakfast
    May 21, 8:30—10:00 am at Real Life, Moscow Campus

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 8:00 pm, etc.)

OPENING CONNECTION — Use the following icebreaker.

  • In the classroom, are you more likely to be the teacher’s favorite, the class clown, or the wallflower?

STORY PREPARATION — Introduce today’s story.

“Last Sunday was the second week in our series on the Epistle to the Romans. This week we look at Paul’s assertion that whether Jew, Greek, religious, or otherwise—we all fail to meet the standards we set for ourselves and others.”

READ THE PASSAGE — Read the passage together.

  • Romans 3:9–20

REBUILD THE PASSAGE

  • What are the major themes and ideas?

SERMON IMPLICATIONS — Review these with the group.

  • All of us have a standard we try to live up to; we are all haunted by a measuring stick of our own creation or the projection of others.
  • Part of the sinfulness of humanity is our innate desire to nd those who are “below” us and demonize them.
  • We are unified by the same problem — no matter who we are.
  • Our cleansed conscience, our salvation, our redemption, must come from some place other than our ability to live up to a standard. It must be bigger than getting the standard right, nding the right law (or Law), or adjusting to the right moral code.

DEBRIEF THE PASSAGE — Ask the questions.

  • Which of the implications from Sunday’s sermon meant the most to you? Why?
  • What did we learn about God from this passage/implication?
  • What did we learn about man from this passage/implication?
  • How can you use this passage to disciple someone?
  • How do you apply this passage in your own life?
  • What is God asking you to do?

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.