Without Walls: Every Day (Matthew 25:31–46)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS — These are announcements specific to the Moscow Campus.

  • 201: “Discipleship”
    August 27, 7:30am Check-in, 8:00 am — 5:00 pm
    Real Life, Moscow Campus
    201 gives us the opportunity to move forward together to be better at what we are called to do — make disciples. We want to equip you for the task God has given you.
    Register at liferotp.com/201 or talk to Rob Croyle.
  • 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 liferotp.com/gls using code PREMIER16 for a special $119 rate.
  • Real Life Men’s Discipleship
    August 20, 8:30–10:00 at Real Life, Moscow Campus
    Real men, discussing real topics, building a solid foundation of leadership for our communities.
  • Connection Team Volunteers Needed
    We are looking for folks who can make others feel welcome at Real Life, help them find information about any ministries they are interested in, and ensure they feel loved and will want to return. Talk to Michael Reyes if you want to help, or email michael@liferotp.com

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 one thing you are looking forward to experiencing in heaven?

STORY PREPARATION — Introduce today’s story.

“Last Sunday was the final week in our series called Without Walls, a series that will see pastors and worship teams from four Real Life churches share how God desires us to extend the Church beyond the walls of our buildings. This week Jim Putman of Real Life Ministries (Post Falls) expressed the importance of understanding how God defines “Church” and our call to live out Kingdom values everywhere we go.”

TELL THE STORY — Story the passage from memory.

  • Matthew 25:31–46

REBUILD THE STORY — Have someone read the passages.

  • Read the passage together.

DEBRIEF THE PASSAGE — Ask the questions.

  • What surprises you about this story? Why?
  • Why do you think Jesus used sheep and goats in this story?
  • Since we are called to advance the Kingdom of God, what does this story reveal about Kingdom values?
  • How would you use this story to disciple someone?

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.