Romans: Justified by Faith (Romans 4)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS — These are announcements specific to the Moscow Campus.

  • Men Investing in the Fatherless — Third Service on Sundays
    We need two or three men to hang out with boys during third service and play games, etc. These are boys who don’t have dads at home and they need some influential men in their lives. Sign up with Rachel Lamppa or email her at
  • Women’s Coffee Connection
    May 14, 9:00—10:30 am at Real Life, Moscow Campus
  •  Worship Night & Baptisms
    Sunday, May 15, 6:00 pm
    Join us for an evening of worship and celebration.
  • Men’s Breakfast
    May 21, 8:30—10:00 am at Real Life, Moscow Campus

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 is your favorite “mom” story (could be about you, your mom, adoptive mom, etc.)?

STORY PREPARATION — Introduce today’s story.

“Last Sunday was the fourth week in our series on the book of Romans. This week we looked at how living by faith (or with faithfulness) is better than having a prescribed moral code.”

READ THE PASSAGE — Read the passage together.

  • Romans 4


  • What are the major themes and ideas?

SERMON IMPLICATIONS — Review these with the group.

  • Satan believes “in” God. Those who are counted righteous are those who are willing to trust Him enough to join His great redemptive plan for the world. This is about faithfulness, not merely mental assent.
  • Moralism is not the goal of following God. The world needs to see who God truly is and how God actually feels about them and all of creation.
  • The promise of God’s blessing extends beyond the “religiously correct.” It is for everyone, everywhere.
  • Our own “circumcision” or religious duties are an extension of a heart turned toward God’s agenda, not a way to gain points in the afterlife.
  • Those whom God seems to use the most are not those who have it the most together. They are those who trust God enough to follow Him wherever He leads them, into whatever He invites them to be part of — even if it is as crazy as having a child at 100 years old.

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.