Romans: Submitting to Authorities (Romans 13)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS — These are announcements specific to the Moscow Campus.

  • 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.
  • Baptism
    September 13, 7:00 pm at Real Life, Moscow Campus
    Sign up in the lobby or contact the church office at 208.882.2484 to meet with a pastor before your baptism.
  • 101: “Partnership”
    September 18 & 25, 12:15–2:30 pm at Real Life, Pullman Campus
    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. Lunch and childcare are provided.

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.

  • Who was your favorite teacher or coach? What was their best quality?

STORY PREPARATION — Introduce today’s story.

“Last Sunday we continued in our Romans series. Marty led the discussion on Romans 13; this week the Apostle Paul addresses how to honor authority and yet reserve our worship for God. We will consider the implications found in Daniel 6 and how they relate to this week’s sermon.”

TELL THE STORY — Story the passage from memory.

  • Daniel 6

REBUILD THE STORY — Have someone read the passages.

  • Read the passage together.

SERMON IMPLICATIONS — Review these with the group.

  • We ought to trust more in the plan of God.
  • We ought to beware of the times we begin to feel entitled.
  • We ought to be people who walk in the light, living lives that are above reproach.
  • Give to others what is due: respect, submission, debts, love, acceptance, grace, compassion. Give to everyone what is due, but give your worship to God alone.

DEBRIEF THE PASSAGE — Ask the questions.

  • Which of the implications from Sunday’s sermon is the hardest for you to live out? Why?
  • How do you see this week’s sermon in this story?
  • If a similar decree was made in your work environment, could you respond like Daniel? Why or why not?
  • The Apostle Paul said, “Let us behave decently, as in the daytime.” How do you see Daniel live that out in this story? What was the result?
  • How have you struggled to trust that God is in control?
  • How can you use this story to disciple others?

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.