The Astounded Crowd

Note to the Teacher

In 2016, Discipleship Ministries began launching materials around the theme “See All the People.” This message of reaching people and expanding the church into the community then began to bear fruit as churches began launching campaigns to strengthen their own disciple-making systems. Because of his preaching, teaching, and healing, Jesus truly saw all the people; and as a result, the people were always with him. As the church makes connections in the community to bring people to know Christ, we would do well to make note of the way Jesus responded to the crowds.

In the fourth week of this series, we will explore the feeling of awe that we experience in mountain top moments like the disciples who were with Jesus had when he was transfigured.  We will think about the temptation to make that feeling last, as well as the call of Jesus to leave the mountain and engage in important ministry with those who do not feel that they are filled with that same awe. 

Times are based on a 50-minute lesson period but can be adjusted as is necessary.

10 min

1. Spiritual High Fives

This activity will help students share some of their spiritual high moments.  That can require a relatively deep connection in the group.  If your group isn’t at that deep level, you can head over to https://youthworkercollective.com/ and you will find a great selection of other icebreakers available.

Begin by explaining to students that they are going to share a story of a time when they felt like they experienced God and that they are going to share some of their spiritual high moments.  Since sharing a story like that can be intimidating, limit each response to five sentences. 

After each student finishes his/her story, instruct him/her to give a high five to the  student who will share the next story.

 5 min

2.  Read Scripture

This scripture passage is fascinating. It pairs an amazing moment in time where Peter, James, and John are in awe of what they saw with a moment where the other disciples are completely frustrated in their day-to-day ministry. It is important to feel the difference in these two stories as we read them.

Read Luke 9:28-43

15 min

 

 

 

3. Discussion

  • What seemed to be the most awe-inspiring part of the mountain top transfiguration portion of the passage to you?
  • How do you think you would have felt if you were there on the mountain?
  • How do you think you would have reacted?  Would it have been more like John (silent in awe) or more like Peter (talking without a filter)?
  • In the second story, the disciples were unable to drive the demon out of the man’s son.  How do you think those disciples felt?  How do you think the man felt?
  • People often talk about the experience of being on the mountain top (at camp, a powerful worship service, etc.) as being especially close to God when the reality is that God is always with us.  What makes people think that way?
  • Why do you think God gives us mountain top experiences?  How do these experiences change things in our lives and in the world?
20 min  

4. Activity

Take this lesson to the next level by helping your students explore mountain top experiences in their day-to-day life through art with this Youth Worker Collective resource (https://youthworkercollective.com/mountain-top-art/)

50 min

 

Needed Materials:
Art supplies

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