Before the Session

  • Have the Bible Background Video ready to view.
  • Review today’s scripture text and the session activities to help better facilitate the discussion.
  • Encourage your group to listen to the FaithElement podcast ahead of the next session (Share the link via email or social media).


Play the Pizza Hut commercial and ask:

  • How do you feel about the commercial’s underlying statement that it’s best to have “both” things you want, despite what it may lead to?
  • To what degree do you think your congregation might find it more important to keep people or reach people and why?
  • Why do you think some people find it more important to love God or love people?
  • How is it possible for people to really get and do two things that seem to oppose each other?
  • What are some competing tendencies with which you struggle and how do you cope?


Read Luke 9:28-43a then watch the Bible Background Video and ask:

  • In hearing these words, why do you think the writer did not make a bigger deal out of this event?
  • Why do you think verse 36 tells us that they were basically silent about this event?
  • What is the significance of Moses and Elijah in this story?
  • Why did Peter want to stay with Jesus on the mountain?
  • What is the significance of the cloud and the voice speaking?
  • Why do you think things went wrong on the next day?
  • Why does it seem that Jesus is frustrated with the people, after he’s just come back from taking a break?
  • Even though Jesus seems frustrated, what can we learn from what he does anyway?


Play the Prank video and ask:

  • What kinds of things would you do if you were working with a Transformer?
  • How would we be able to use power or influence properly, assuming we had it?
  • What might keep us to keep the things we derive from our relationship with God to ourselves instead of sharing them with humanity?
  • How can we balance private moments with God and still be a part of God’s will in transforming our world and the people within it?
  • What might change if we could invite other people to “travel with us” as God takes us through life?

Close in prayer.

Writer: Jon Self

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