In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, preaches on the Transfiguration, in a sermon entitled, Three Men On A Mountain.  Here are some excerpts:

A Mystery

“The Transfiguration of our Lord is a mystery when we come to it; it remains a mystery when we leave it. But it is good for us sometimes to reflect upon experiences which we cannot fully understand. The world is a richer place because there are facts which elude definition, wreaths of mist upon the mountain tops, unfathomable spaces between the stars.”

The Meaning

“What is the practical meaning of all this for us? Well, there were three men on the mountain, and each one of them has a message for us…”

  1. “Moses was there because he stands for LAW..
  2. “Elijah was there because he was a PROPHET
  3. “Jesus was there because He was the Savior

Christ Jesus

“Christ’s primary concern and emphasis was always not on law, or political action primarily, but on the spiritual transformation of the individual. Until the individual is changed, until he enters into a saving relationship with God in Christ, there can be no hope for the nation or for the world.  Jesus always went straight to the heart of the problem which is the problem of the heart.”

“And that is why Jesus died upon the Cross — so that men and women, one by one, might… be brought to face God, to realize and acknowledge…”


The Transfiguration. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.



April 16, 1989

Luke 9:30,31

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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