Romans: Weak and Strong Faith (Romans 14)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS — These are announcements specific to the Moscow Campus.

  • Join Our LIFER Kids Team
    Sign up to be part of changing lives of kiddos in our church. Contact Rachel Lamppa for more information.
  • Join Our Prayer Team
    We invite those who have a heart for prayer to partner with us and come together as a Prayer Team. The team will be scheduled for services on Sunday and for special events. If interested, please contact Michael Reyes.
  • 101: “Partnership”
    September 18 & 25, 12:15–2:30 pm at Real Life, Pullman Campus
    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. Lunch and childcare are provided.

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 were two positive things that happened during the summer, and one negative?”

STORY PREPARATION — Introduce today’s story.

“Last Sunday we continued in our Romans series. Aaron led the discussion on Romans 14; this week the Apostle Paul addresses what it looks like to love others within the Church who hold divergent convictions.”

TELL THE STORY — Give a short summary of the passage.

  • Romans 14

REBUILD THE STORY — Have someone read the passage.

  • Romans 14

SERMON IMPLICATIONS — Review these with the group.

  • It is not my job to convict the world of sin, to convince the world I am right, or to make anyone feel good or bad for how they act. That is God’s job, and His alone.
  • My job is to hold others up. I must be for people — no matter the situation.
  • My job is to inspire others by how I live my life, not by calling theirs into question.
  • My job is to make sure I live according to my own conscience. That is hard enough.

DEBRIEF THE PASSAGE — Ask the questions.

  • Which of the implications from Sunday’s sermon is the hardest for you to live out? Why?
  • How have you limited yourself so as to not cause another believer to stumble?
  • What is your role when it comes to the conviction of sin in the world? What is God’s role?
  • How have you struggled to live out your own convictions?
  • Based on this conversation, what is God asking you to change?

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.