Romans: Slaves to Tzedekah (Romans 6:12–23)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS — These are announcements specific to the Moscow Campus.

  • Summer Schedule Starting June 12
    As students go home and families travel for the summer, we are relieving some of the burden on our volunteers by adjusting our services schedule in the coming months.
    Beginning June 12, we will have two services each week at the Moscow Campus, the same 8:30 and 10:00 services you already know. This schedule will be effective through August 14, and our 11:30 service will resume on August 21. For the Pullman Campus, everything stays the same.
    Enjoy your summer, and whether you’re here or somewhere else, find ways to bring heaven crashing into earth.
  • 55+ Luncheon
    June 24, 11:45 am at Real Life, Moscow Campus
    Contact Charlie Couch if you have questions.
  • Real Life Men’s Discipleship Men’s Breakfast
    June 18, 8:30–10:00 am at Real Life, Moscow Campus
    Real men, discussing real topics, building a solid foundation of leadership for our communities.
  • 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 by July 12 using code PREMIER16 for a special $89 rate.

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 you, or someone you were with, lost your way driving.

STORY PREPARATION — Introduce today’s story.

“Last Sunday was the eighth week in our series on the book of Romans. This week we consider if a path of sin leads to slavery, how much more does God’s grace offer a better path of tzedekah (righteousness) that is life-giving — both to us and those in our path.”

READ THE PASSAGE — Read the passage together.

  • Romans 6:12–23


  • What are the major themes and ideas?

SERMON IMPLICATIONS — Review these with the group.

  • Righteousness is not simply being in right standing with God — it’s also about bringing rightness into the world. It requires a way of living that engages the un-rightness rather than being isolated from it.  
  • You can live a life of dead deeds, but in the end you reap what you work for. Life is a gift for those who walk in trust and righteousness.
  • You are unable to waltz between these two worldviews; they are diametrically opposed to each other. You are either on one path or another. Nothing you do is neutral.
  • When morality is our banner, it constructs a barrier between us and them, and then projects condemnation on those who don’t belong.

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.