ANNOUNCEMENTS — These are announcements specific to the Moscow Campus.
- Men Investing in the Fatherless — Third Service on Sundays
We need one or two more men to hang out with boys during third service and play games, etc. These are boys who don’t have dads at home and they need some influential men in their lives. Sign up with Rachel Lamppa or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Men’s Discipleship Breakfast
May 21, 8:30—10:00 am at Real Life, Moscow Campus
- Car Wash-A-Thon
Help raise funds for Middle School & High School Summer Camps
May 29, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at US Bank (Eastside Marketplace)
The more cars we wash and the more pledges we make means more support we can offer to students and leaders to make it to a life-changing week of camp. Find out more and make a pledge at liferotp.com/carwash.
- 101: “Partnership”
June 5 & 12, 1:00–3:00 pm
This class is designed to present you with a detailed explanation of the structure of the church, what we believe, and the vision and mission of our church. Questions and open dialogue are encouraged. Taught by Aaron Couch, our Lead Coach, this class is two parts and offered on consecutive Sundays.
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.
- What is your favorite promise from God’s word?
STORY PREPARATION — Introduce today’s story.
“Last Sunday was the fifth week in our series on the book of Romans. This week we looked at how trusting in the promises of God grants equal access to justification before God; we give God a good name when we invite everyone to enjoy the peace we have found in Christ.”
READ THE PASSAGE — Read the passage together.
- Romans 5:1–11
REBUILD THE PASSAGE
- What are the major themes and ideas?
SERMON IMPLICATIONS — Review these with the group.
- True peace is experienced through a justification that comes by faith.
- If we put our hope — our trust — in the Lord, it does not disappoint; this hope helps us persevere.
- God’s love for us is so immense and His belief in us so adamant that He would go to whatever length necessary to set us free.
- This “everlasting righteousness” makes God’s name great.
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.