Glimpses of Glory (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend, “Glimpses of Glory,” from Mark 9:2-13.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When was a time where you powerfully encountered God’s presence in your life? What happened? How did you know it was God?
  2. Our Scripture passage this week is Mark 9:2-13. Whether you are alone or with a small group, read these verses out loud. Ask God to speak to you as you continue the study.
  3. There is some debate about exactly where this event happened. Tradition associates it with Mt. Tabor (southwest of the Sea of Galilee), while some Bible scholars think the location may have been Mt. Hermon (northeast of the Sea of Galilee) or Mt. Meron (northwest of the Sea of Galilee). What is clear is that the location of the ‘mountaintop’ is critical. There are likely echoes of Moses experience at Mt. Sinai during the Exodus. Take a moment to compare Mark 9:2-13 with Exodus 19:16-20 and 24:15-18.
  4. What do you think the significance is of Moses and Elijah appearing with Jesus as He is transfigured on the mountaintop?
  5. Why do you think Peter and the other apostles respond to the situation like they do in verses 5 and 6?
  6. Compare Mark 9:7 with Mark 1:9-11. What is similar and what is different? Why are these instances of the divine voice important at each point in the Gospel of Mark?
  7. As Jesus and His disciples come down from the mountaintop, they begin to ask Him about Elijah. Who is the ‘Elijah’ figure in Mark’s gospel and why is this important to what Jesus is saying? [You may also want to look at Mark 1:1-8 and 6:14-29.]
  8. What is one thing you have learned in this study? How will you put that into practice in your life this week? Write some of these things down. If you are in a small group, discuss this together.

Next week we continue our series, “King Coming,” by studying Jesus’ predictions of His death in Jerusalem. Prepare for next week by reading Mark 8:31-9:2; 9:30-37; and 10:32-34 ahead of time.

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