Romans: The Greatest Kal Va’omer (Romans 5:8–21)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS — These are announcements specific to the Moscow Campus.

  • LIFER Kids Summer Camp 2016
    June 20—23 at Silver Lake Camp
    Summer camp is an opportunity for kids to get out of their everyday routine to engage in an environment intentionally designed to help kids experience God. The deadline to register is June 5. Register at
  • Marriage Class — God’s Holy Design for a Happy Marriage
    There is hope for your marriage.
    Class begins June 5 at EcoAnalysts (Eastside Marketplace)
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  • 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
  • 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.

  • If you haven’t done so already, discuss your group’s summer plans.
  • What has been a significant moment for you this year in your relationship with God?

STORY PREPARATION — Introduce today’s story.

“Last Sunday was the sixth week in our series on the book of Romans. This week we looked at the teaching tool kal va’omer, or “how much more.” How much more are we saved from God’s wrath. How much more shall we be saved through His life. How much more did God’s grace overflow to the many. How much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace reign through life!”

READ THE PASSAGE — Read the passage together.

  • Romans 5:8–21


  • What are the major themes and ideas?

SERMON IMPLICATIONS — Review these with the group.

  • Your worst mistakes got nothin’ on the grace of God.
  • You’re incapable of screwing up so big that God can’t deal with it — it’s an impossibility.
  • It would take the height of arrogance to think your list of trespasses could render the work of the cross impotent.
  • To believe God in this is to be set free in a way that you live with con dent victory and a true concern for others.

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.