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Awe Inspired Faith

Peter: Emerging Faith

“Awe Inspired Faith”

Matthew 17:1-13

Sunday, February 25, 2024



Sermon Proposition

We Should Stand in Awe of Jesus for Three Reasons.

Stand in Awe of His Glory

And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, 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 white as light.

Matthew 17:1-2 (ESV)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:1–2, 14 (ESV)

Next Step!

Stand in Awe of His Supremacy

And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4 And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5 He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased…”

Matthew 17:3-5 (ESV)







Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, 6 but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.

Hebrews 3:5–6 (ESV)

Next Step!

Stand in Awe of His Word

He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” 8 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

Matthew 17:5-8 (ESV)


 Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

2 Peter 1:20–21 (ESV)

Next Step!

Open It!

What is the most awe-inspiring experience that you’ve had?

Discuss It!

What were the awe-inspiring events that Peter, James, and John experienced (17:1-6)?

What do you see as the connection between the events of 16:21-28 and 17:1-5? What clue is found in Luke 9:28 (hint, “after these”)?

How did the disciples respond to these events (Matthew 17:1-6; Mark 9:1-10; and Luke 9:28-36)?


How do you think you would have reacted if you had one of the three to witness these events?


What do you think God the Father wanted Peter, James, and John to understand about Jesus?


What does this passage tell you about the relationship between Jesus and God the Father?


How did this awe-inspiring experience impact John’s faith?

See John 1:1-14.


How did this awe-inspiring experience impact Peter’s faith?

See 2 Peter 1:16-21.

Live It!

Observe. Stand in awe of God’s Glory on display in creation (Psalm 19:1-2 and Romans 1:20).


Worship. Christ Jesus is present. Stand in Awe of Him. How should this change your approach to Sunday morning?


Listen. Take an audit of your listening habits. Who are you listening to and how much? How are you listening to Jesus? What change will you make in your listening habits?