ANNOUNCEMENTS — These are announcements specific to the Moscow Campus.
- Prayer Team
Join us in this important ministry. Contact Michael Reyes.
- Women’s Coffee Connection
September 10, 9:00–10:30 am at Real Life, Moscow Campus
Coffee Connection is for the women of Real Life who are looking to connect specifically with other women, have a better understanding of our ministry, and hear about other ministry opportunities. Contact Kerri Gray for more information.
- Kingdom: Student Ministries Fall Rally
August 28, 6:00–8:00 pm at Real Life, Moscow Campus
We are starting the year off with a bang — music, prizes, and guest speaker Mike Maglish. Bring your friends and prepare for a great time.
Contact Paule Patterson for more details.
- Childcare Volunteers Needed
There is a huge need for childcare volunteers for our single moms so they can connect with other women and grow in their relationship with God. You must be over 18 and background checked (we will help you do that). Starting in September, these are the timeslots with the greatest need:
The second Saturday of each month: 9:15–10:30 am.
Every Saturday (except 2nd Saturday): 5:00–7:00 pm.
Contact Kerri Grey for more information
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 are you looking forward to as we move into the fall season?
STORY PREPARATION — Introduce today’s story.
“Last Sunday we continued in our Romans series. Marty led the discussion on how Gentiles are grafted into God’s redemptive plan — the plan God initiated through Abraham when He said, ‘through your seed all nations will be blessed.’ We are going to look at the story of Cornelius to see how the tension of Gentiles being grafted in first played out with the early church.”
TELL THE STORY — Story the passage from memory.
- Acts 10:1–33
REBUILD THE STORY — Have someone read the passages.
- Read the passage together.
SERMON IMPLICATIONS — Review these with the group.
- Our story has always been an Abrahamic story, rooted in the Jewish people, built upon Jewish history, and eavesdropping on very Jewish conversations.
- We need to appreciate and never forget the Jewish roots of our Christian faith.
- Arrogance is the most ill-fitting, out-of-place posture in the body of Christ.
- God’s ways are always unsearchable and His paths are beyond tracing out. God expects the blessed to bless others, the rejected to be included, and everyone to remember where they came from.
DEBRIEF THE PASSAGE — Ask the questions.
- Which of the implications from Sunday’s sermon meant the most to you? Why?
- How do you see this week’s sermon in this story?
- In this story, what emotions do you imagine Peter wrestled with? How are you able to relate to this story?
- The Lord said, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.” How does this statement encourage and/or challenge you?
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.