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February 17, 2019

Pray Like Jesus: To Meet God

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Scripture Lesson

Exodus 34:29-30; Luke 9:28-36

The Shining Face of Moses

Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him.

The Transfiguration

Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah’—not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!’ When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Pray Like Jesus: To Meet God
Exodus 34:29-30; Luke 9:28-36

I. Introduction: Dennis the Menace
II. Series: Pray Like Jesus
III. The Transfiguration (Lk. 9:28-36; Ex. 34:29-30)
     A. Preparation through prayer (9:28-29, 32)
     B. A moment of timelessness
         1. The divine “glow”
             a. “Appearance of his face changes” (9:29; 34:29)
             b. “Clothes became dazzling white” (9:29; 34:29)
         2. “Moses and Elijah” (9:30)
         3. “Speaking of his departure (exodus)” (9:31)
         4. “Cloud overshadowed them. . . cloud” (9:34; Ex. 19:16; Acts 1:9)
     C. God’s instruction (9:35)
IV. Application
     A. Do we want to meet God?: Pray
     B. Listen to Jesus
V. Conclusion: Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)


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