are healed and transformed by the power of God’s presence and awe, so that we
may choose to follow a new path of wholeness and peace.
will examine the gifts of awe and the power of God as we experience them in our
24:12-18 The glory of God’s power
is shown to Moses and Israel.
17:1-9 The story of the
transfiguration, and the call to listen to Christ.
What is the difference between experiencing the
awe and wonder of God’s presence and being entertained or excited about an
event? What purpose does the Transfiguration play in our relationship with
Jesus? What does it mean to see Jesus differently? What influence does the
power of God and wonder in God’s glory have in our ability to thoughtful and
wise Christians? How does acknowledging God’s greatness and Jesus’ divinity
cause us to see ourselves in a different perspective?
Clean Heart, a Right Spirit
submit ourselves to Christ’s renewing presence that sets us free from our sins.
congregation will choose to open themselves to God’s renewal through
self-examination and prayer.
2:1-2, 12-17 A call for a fast and
repentance before God.
51 A Psalm of repentance.
6:1-6, 16-21 Instructions for Fasting and
for focusing on our relationship with Christ.
Are we really happy and joyful in our
relationships with God and with the people around us? How do we move from
feelings of insecurity, hostility, and fear to a place of love and wholeness?
What is it that keeps disrupting our ability to have healthy community and good
relationships? What is it we need to identify in order to grow and change? What
is the path that will take us to a place of feeling good about ourselves and
are people who are mired in sin and unable to overcome our weakness.
will understand our need for submission to God.
2:15-17, 3:1-7 God’s
commandment to not eat of the fruit of the knowledge of Good and Evil.
4:1-11 Jesus’ temptation in the
wilderness by the devil.
What role does temptation and trial play in our
process of sorting out our priorities? How is it that we come to examine what
we truly believe rather than the things we wish we believed? What is the path
we need to walk in order to come to a place where we are able to be authentic
in our faith? What causes people to be more focused on their own will and
desires rather than on what would truly be fulfilling and joyful?