Without Walls: The Gospel Goes (Luke 19:1–10)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS — These are announcements specific to the Moscow Campus.

  • Summer Schedule Through August 21
    The Moscow Campus will continue the summer schedule of 8:30 and 10:00 services through August 14, and our 11:30 service will resume on August 21. Enjoy your summer, and whether you’re here or somewhere else, find ways to bring heaven crashing into earth.
  • Baptism Celebration
    July 24, 4:00 pm at Wawawai County Park
    Contact the church to meet with a pastor before your baptism.
  • The Global Leadership Summit
    August 11–12 at Real Life, Moscow Campus
    The Global Leadership Summit is a world-class experience designed to help you improve your skills and embrace the reason God called you to lead.
    Register at liferotp.com/gls using code PREMIER16 for a special $119 rate.

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.

  • The first time someone talked to you about God, was it a positive or negative experience at the time? Why?

STORY PREPARATION — Introduce today’s story.

“Last Sunday was the second week in our series called Without Walls, a series that will see pastors and worship teams from four Real Life churches share how God desires us to extend the Church beyond the walls of our buildings. This week Richie Shaw of Real Life Ministries Spokane expressed that the Gospel message needs to compel us to move and to be motivated to create and step into Gospel moments. When we share in the compassion we see in Christ, we will extend the Church beyond our walls.”

TELL THE STORY — Story the passage from memory.

  • Luke 19:1–10

REBUILD THE STORY — Have someone read the passages.

  • Read the passage together.

SERMON IMPLICATIONS — Review these with the group.

  • Take the Gospel with you. If you do: You will see friends and family impacted by the love of God through you. You will see your friends sitting with you in church services. You will have your hands wet from baptizing those Jesus uses you to reach.
  • Take the Gospel with you. If you don’t: You will be normal. You will have a church that is normal — that is confined to the walls of this building. You will attend the funerals of friends and family wishing you had done more to help them know Jesus.

DEBRIEF THE PASSAGE — Ask the questions.

  • Which of the implications from Sunday’s sermon meant the most to you? Why?
  • Which character in the story do you identify with today (Jesus—the Inviter, Zacchaeus—the Invited, or the grumbling crowd)? Why?
  • What about the Gospel do you find to be the most attractive? The most perplexing?
  • What area of life (at home, at work/school, in your neighborhood, or at church) do you find yourself the most challenged to be the one who invites others in like Jesus did with Zacchaeus? 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.