Weekly Sermon Questions

Questions for February 23-29, 2020

Matthew 17:1-9

  1. Fr. Jonathan said that the account of the transfiguration in Matthew 17 is meant to remind us of Moses going up to Mount Sinai. Read Exodus 24:12-18 together. What similarities do you see between these two passages? What is the significance of those similarities?
  2. Fr. Jonathan said that for Matthew the transfiguration does not just reveal Jesus’s divine identity, but it also reveals the destiny of every one of his disciples, because as Matthew 13:43 says, after the last judgment, ‘the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father’. Likewise in Romans 12:2, St Paul tells the Roman church, on the basis of the gospel that he has just unpacked to them, to ‘be transfigured (the word is the same in Greek as the one used by Matthew to describe Jesus’s transfiguration) by the renewing of your mind’. Have you ever thought about the transfiguration as your destiny and the destiny of the church? How does this change how you think about your daily life?
  3. Fr. Jonathan talked about cultivating hope in a time of deep despair as ‘carrying the fire’. How can your group carry the fire together? What does it look like to encourage one another in the hope of the transfiguration?