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.
- 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.
- Real Life Men’s Discipleship
August 20, 8:30–10:00 at Real Life, Moscow Campus
Real men, discussing real topics, building a solid foundation of leadership for our communities.
- NextGen Team Volunteers Needed
As our student ministries grow, we are in short supply of leaders for Monday and Wednesday nights.
XP3 (middle school Wednesday nights) — Male Leaders Needed
CRUX (high school Monday nights) — Female Leaders Needed
Talk to Paule Patterson if you want to help, or email email@example.com
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.
- Describe a time when someone you did not expect showed you compassion. What did that mean to you?
STORY PREPARATION — Introduce today’s story.
“Last Sunday was the third 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 Dan Shields of Valley Real Life shared that the Gospel message of Jesus compels us to move out, see needs, take risks, meet the needs we find, and develop relationships in such a way that puts God on display.”
TELL THE STORY — Story the passage from memory.
- Luke 10:30–37
REBUILD THE STORY — Have someone read the passages.
- Read the passage together.
SERMON IMPLICATIONS — Review these with the group.
- Dan shared the following prayer: “God, how do you want to love me, and whom do you want to love through me today?”
DEBRIEF THE PASSAGE — Ask the questions.
- Which character in the story do you identify with today (the Traveler, the Religious Leader, or the Samaritan)? Why?
- Which people group or religious affiliation, like the Samarians, do you find yourself wanting to avoid? How does this story challenge you?
- In your daily life, whom do you find it hardest to show compassion to? What is a good next step to becoming a “neighbor” to them?
- Why do you find it hard to invest yourself relationally with the hurting (verses simply providing monetary support)?
- What need has God been exposing you to recently? What risk is God calling you to?
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.