Bible Study

Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon: Mark 9:2-10, 2 Pet 1:16-21.

Sermon Notes

What does it mean to connect to the presence and power of Jesus? What gets in the way of that connection? From the story of the Transfiguration, we make three observations:

  1. No free soloing – we need others to connect to the presence and power of Jesus
  2. No containers – Jesus will not fit into any of our preconceived notions
  3. No rivals – Jesus alone is the beloved Son of God: he is unrivaled and unequaled

For further exploration about the uniqueness of Jesus and the exclusive claims he makes, consider reading:

  • Timothy Keller, The Reason for God, chapter 1: “There Can’t Be Just One True Religion”
  • Rebecca McLaughlin, Confronting Christianity, chapter 3: “How Can You Say There’s Only One True Faith?”

Sermon Application

  1. What does connecting to the presence and power of Jesus look like for you?
  2. Do you feel connected to Jesus more by yourself or with others?
  3. Do you recognize any “containers” that you use for Jesus – either presently or in the past?
  4. Is accepting that Jesus is the only way to God (note Randy’s point that he has no rivals) an essential part of believing in the Christian gospel? Is the good news of Christianity negated if it is merely one of multiple paths to God?


Do you have a question about today’s sermon? Email Randy Forrester (RForrester@StAndrews.Church).

Audio & Video

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