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Word One Bible Study: Transfiguration Old Testament

Text: Exodus 24:8-18 for the Transfiguration of Our Lord, Lectionary Series A

Download a PDF of Word One Bible Study for Transfiguration Old Testament

Objective
Participants will:
Become more alert to God's presence in their lives.
Be inspired to greater faith and service.

Group Guidelines
Gather in groups of 6-8 people. The person who has the nicest smile can be the leader. The leader's task is to make certain the group follows the directions of the Bible study and to encourage participation by all.

Building Community
1.Share your full name with the group. If you could have a different name, what would you choose?
2.Share with the group your most memorable family vacation. When was it? Where did you go? What did you do? Did you see something truly awesome?
3.Share a time when you felt especially close to God.
4.Share a time when you felt God was very far away.

Getting Into the Scripture
1.Read Exodus 24: 8-18. If everyone has the same Bible version, then all can read the passage together. If the participants have different versions, the passage can be read from two or three.
What adjectives would you use to describe the scene?
What feelings do you think Moses experienced as he took part in this awesome moment?
2.Think of other times in the Bible when "mountains" play a significant role. Look up the following references in Matthew and share what happened in these mountaintop experiences: Matthew 5:1-2; Matthew 17:1-8; Matthew 27:33; Matthew 28:16-20.
3.Why did Moses go up the mountain? What was the purpose of what he received from God? Are "law" and "instruction" awesome things for you?
4.What mountain did Jesus ascend on Good Friday? Why did He do that? Why kind of feelings do you experience when you think of Jesus' mountain?
5.Which is the most "awesome" or meaningful for you: Moses' mountain or Jesus' mountain? Why?
6.What was the most awesome worship service you ever witnessed? Is Holy Communion an awesome moment for you? Why?
7.Share with the group some other mountain top experiences in your life...times when you experienced God's presence, power and peace in a meaningful way.

Reinforcing What Has Been Learned
Finish the following sentences:
1.A vision of God's glory (a mountain top experience) is...
2.I am feeling down right now. Maybe God will give me a vision of His glory in a big moment, such as a mountain vista, a youth gathering, or...
3.Maybe God will give me a vision of His glory in a "little" moment, such as sharing stories with grandma, cooking for the street people at the soup kitchen, or...
4.An awesome vision of God's glory would make me feel...
5.An awesome vision of God's glory could lead me to the following kind of service...

Closing
Close by singing one of the following songs found in Lift Up Your Hearts, published by Concordia Publishing House, or any other appropriate songs.
"God of the Sparrow" page 7
"Lord Be Glorified" page 11
"Open Our Eyes" page 56
Gathering in a circle, hold hands and offer a sentence prayer. Each member of the group should have the opportunity to thank God for one awesome moment in their life when they experienced His presence in a special way.

Originally published in Discovery Bible Studies V, studies on the Old Testament readings for lectionary series A, in 1992.

Republished and revised in February 2014 for thESource.

 



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