Readings and Devotions for February 15-21, 2015

Gods Story

Devotion: Use this resource at home to guide your household’s daily devotions. You can do this alone, as a couple, as a family; in the morning, during the day, or at night. Find a routine that works best for you.

Pray: Light a candle and open your devotion time with a prayer.
God who transfigured Jesus on the mountaintop, change us from the inside out. Transform our hearts so that we might shine with the light of your love, for the glory of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Reflect: Reflect on the key verses from Sunday’s reading.
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Matthew 17:1-2

Study: Study the reading and consider the background.
Jesus’ transfiguration is a bit of a mystery. Yet we can still learn from it. Jesus’ appearance changed right before the disciples’ eyes; light shined from his face and his clothing became dazzling white. God’s glory shined through him that day.

Jesus spoke with Moses and Elijah. Moses represented the law, and Elijah represented the prophets. Their presence suggests that Jesus came to fulfill the law and the prophets. Jesus was the one they had been waiting for.

Read: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding of Sunday’s text. After the reading, ask the follow-up questions.
Follow the teachings of Jesus, which occur shortly before his transfiguration.
Sunday, Matthew 16:24-17:8, Bearing the Cross; Transfiguration

Monday, Psalm 41:7-10, Psalm

Tuesday, Matthew 12:1-14, Teachings of Jesus

Wednesday, Matthew 18:1-9, Who Is the Greatest?

Thursday, Matthew 12:15-32, Teachings of Jesus

Friday, Matthew 12:33-50, Teachings of Jesus

Saturday, Matthew 13:1-23, Parables of Jesus

What are some common themes in the teachings of Jesus? How do the teachings turn the world on its head?

Connect: Connect in conversation with others in your household. Discuss the following questions, or simply check in with “Highs” and “Lows.”

  • What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
  • What actions or behaviors are taboo in your community? How would your community respond if Jesus came and performed those actions? Why would Jesus behave in a manner contrary to social norms?
  • What truths do you hold dear, that could stand to be challenged? (In other words, have you ever considered that you might be wrong?) What would happen if you gave others the opportunity to be right?

Do: By acting on what we learn, we make God’s word come alive. Do the following activity this week.
Listen and learn from another person this week. Do not try to be right. Instead, let the other be right. Tell them what you learned from them.

Bless: Close your devotion with a blessing.
God who transfigures, enlighten us in your word this day. Let us hear your voice in new ways. Amen.

Copyright © 2014 Clergy Stuff. Used and adapted with Permission. Find more at http://www.ClergyStuff.com.  Blessing written by Pr. Chip Borgstadt. Scripture quotations from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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