From Transfiguration to Temptation

So, during this season of Lent, let us guard against getting spiritual high-altitude sickness as we hop from mountaintop to mountaintop, until we get to the cross on Mount Calvary. Remember that the only reason we go up the mountain is so that we can come back down to change lives, ours and others.’ We go up for perspective, so we can see things as God sees them. Then we come back down better equipped to deal with problems. We go up for power—not ours, but God’s—and come back down not to control others but to encourage them. We don’t go up for the glory; we come down to serve and give God the glory.

This is the first in a series of sermons engaging with the work of James Fowler, a United Methodist pastor Professor of Theology and Human Development at Emory University. He also was the Director of the Center for Research on Faith and Moral Development and the Center for Ethics at Emory. In 1984, he wrote Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning. In this first sermon, I am focusing on the first stage of faith that Fowler calls "Intuitive-Projective" Faith for children from 2 to 6 or 7 years old.

Adam: The Remake

So, in summary, that's how Jesus did in the wilderness what Adam failed to do in the garden. By reliving the temptation, Jesus remade for us a pathway to salvation. Lent is a perfect time to let God remake us. All we have to do is what Jesus did. On the multiple-choice test of life, we just have to make the choice to belong to God each and every day.