1) In TV sitcoms there is a reoccurring TYPE of odd ball character like Kramer from Seinfeld, Dwight from the Office, and Gomer Pyle from the Andy Griffin show. What are some characters from other shows that fit this mold?
2) Typology links the Old and New Testament together in a beautiful way. There are many TYPES in the Old Testament that point to the super-type Jesus. Brainstorm a list of Old Testament characters that give us a taste of what was to come in the work of Christ.
3) There is quite a bit of symbolism in the story of the transfiguration (Matt. 17). What points do you think Matthew was trying to get across to his audience?
4) Peter boldly offers to build altars to Jesus, Elijah, and Moses. What do you think was his intention? Although Peter’s proposal was a little foolish, God doesn’t rebuke him harshly. What does this tell us about the heart and character of God?
5) The human heart tends to “build altars” to created things like leaders, possessions, power, relationships and control, dividing the devotion of our heart, soul, mind and strength. How can we save and guard against this human tendency?
6) Like a gas engine is destroyed when it is fed anything but pure gasoline, the human soul can be damaged by putting it’s trust and devotion into created things. In what ways have you seen or experienced this in your life?
Theologian Patrick Fairbairn, says that Typology in Christian theology and Biblical interpretation is a theory concerning the relationship of the Old Testament to the New Testament. Events, persons, or statements in the Old Testament are seen as types pre-figuring or superseded by anti-types… in the New Testament.