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What was one mountaintop experience in your life? What happened? How did it affect you and your walk with God?
When have you experienced spiritual drought in your life? What happened? How did it affect you and your walk with God?
Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”- Matthew 17:4
Looking back at the weekend, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged you, or confused you?
Read Matthew 17:1-13
1 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
6 When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 8 When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
10 The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”
11 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things.12 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.
In verse 4, Peter wanted to stay on that mountaintop with Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. Why is it tempting to want to stay in those mountaintop experiences with God? Do you think you learn more about yourself and God in the mountaintop experiences or in the valleys of everyday life? Why?
Imagine you were one of the disciples on the mountain with Jesus. What do you think you’d be feeling and thinking when you saw Him being transfigured? How do you think that experience would've affected your trust that Jesus was who He said He was?
When have you experienced God in such a powerful way that you thought you’d never doubt Him again? Did the memory of that experience strengthen you during times of spiritual drought? Why or why not?
Read 2 Peter 1:16-21. In verses 16-18, Peter describes his experience with Jesus on the mount of transfiguration. In reading verses 19-21, does Peter seem to prioritize on personal experiences and interpretations of those experiences or on the Scripture? What is his reasoning for prioritizing what he does?
Do you tend to prioritize your experience with God over relying on His Scripture? How can that be dangerous during times of spiritual drought? Instead, what are some Scriptures to hold fast to during spiritual droughts?
How can we pray for one another?