Romans: Our Willingness to Hear (Romans 10:14–11:10, 1 Samuel 3:1–10)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS — These are announcements specific to the Moscow Campus. 

  • Prayer Team
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    August 27, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at Real Life, Moscow Campus
    Our 201 class will walk you through the relational discipleship process. As you are going with your family, friends, and co-workers, you can know how to support, encourage, and journey with them in their relationship with Jesus.
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    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.
  • NextGen Team Volunteers Needed
    As our student ministries grow, we are in short supply of leaders for Monday and Wednesday nights.
    XP3 (middle school Wednesday nights) — Male Leaders Needed
    CRUX (high school Monday nights) — Female Leaders Needed
    Talk to Paule Patterson if you want to help, or email

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 happened to you this week to make you feel uncomfortable? What was the driving factor?

STORY PREPARATION — Introduce today’s story.

“Last Sunday we continued in our Romans series. Paule led the discussion on how our comfort gets in the way of responding to God’s voice.”

TELL THE STORY — Story the passage from memory.

  • 1 Samuel 3:1–10

REBUILD THE STORY — Have someone read the passages.

  • Read the passage together.

SERMON IMPLICATIONS — Review these with the group.

  • What we do with the Gospel and whom we invite to the Gospel will reveal our relationship with the Gospel.
  • Our willingness to hear is often muted through our communal norms and comfort.
  • Comfort is a cheap knockoff of peace; it’s our desperate attempt to keep everything safe and controlled, and people threaten that.
  • When we seek the preservation of our system over the redemption of people, God will buck the system.
  • God will work with you in spite of you, but He will use you. This is determined by your willingness to let go of your routine and ideals, and trust the voice of God.

DEBRIEF THE PASSAGE — Ask the questions.

  • Which of the implications from Sunday’s sermon meant the most to you? Why?
  • How do you see this week’s sermon in this story?
  • Samuel was in the right place to hear God, but something was missing. What value did Eli provide?
  • Do you struggle more with willingness or readiness when it comes to listening to the voice of God? What can you do to change this?
  • Samuel responded four times, out of his sleep, ready to hear and respond. How does his response challenge you?

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.