Wednesday Night Recap

 

Friends,

Wednesday we continued our ‘Active Faith’ series with a discussion of the transfiguration. Our texts were Luke 9:28-36 and 1 Peter 1:13-16.

Why were Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus about His depature?

Anne advised that Moses represents the law and Elijah the prophets. The law of Moses served many purposes, however, one of the primary purposes of the law was to teach the people how to be reconciled with God. Similarly, the prophets spoke many truths to the people, however, much of the old testament prophecy dealt with the coming of the messiah and how the messiah would pay the sin debt of the people. Moses and Elijah are talking with Jesus about His departure because Jesus sacrificial death is the primary message  of scripture.

Why did Peter want to build booths and why was that the wrong thing to do?

Nancy said that our spiritual lives are made up of mountain top and valley experiences. We need ‘transfiguration’ moments to strengthen our faith but God intends that we labor in the valley. Peter wanted to build booths for Moses, Elijah and Jesus so he could stay with them on the mountain top but there was work to be done in the valley.

Why are we to lead holy lives and how is it possible?

Tom observed that we are to be holy because we are commanded to be holy. “… but as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.'” 1 Peter 1:15. Where do we get the power to keep this command? The answer lies in verse 13 – “Therefore gird up your minds, be sober, set your hope fully upon the grace that is coming to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” My sister will sometimes read the end of a book first  to determine if it is worth reading. At the mount of transfiguration Peter saw the end of the book – the glorified Christ. Because He has been glorified He can give us the grace to be holy. Simply stated He gives us both the command and the power to obey.

Next week  Matthew 14:22-33 and 2 Peter 1:16. Consider the following questions:

1) Why were the disciples terrified when they saw Jesus walking on the water?

2) How did Jesus calm their fear?

3) Why does Peter walk on water and why does he sink?

4) How can we be sure this event actually happened? Is it important that it actually happened?

See you Wednesday.

John

2 responses to “Wednesday Night Recap”

  1. Jamie says:

    I tried paddleboarding once. Is that the same thing?

  2. John Miles says:

    It is if you sink when you take your eyes off Jesus.