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Come, Follow Me — New Testament Study and Teaching Helps
Lesson 37, September 4 — 10
1 Corinthians 14–16 — “God Is Not the Author of Confusion, but of Peace”

1 Corinthians 14 More on Spiritual Gifts

  • Read verses 1-3, 6-9, 12, 19, 40, looking for additional teachings and counsel from Paul in relation to the gifts of the Spirit and our behavior and interactions with others. Which of these verses stand out most for you, and why?
  • According to verses 3, 12, 26, and 31, what are the main purposes for gathering as Church members, in relation to the gifts of the Spirit?
  • How would you apply verses 10 and 33 to circumstances in today’s world?

Speaking of the gift of tongues, Joseph Smith once warned Church members that “Satan could manipulate tongue-speaking and that the Lord would never reveal Church doctrine by this practice.” He further stated, “Tongues were given for the purpose of preaching among those whose language is not understood” (see; Church History Topics, “Gifts of Tongues”).

Read again 1 Corinthians 14:19. Here is an example of five words spoken with “understanding”: God speaks through prophets today. Here is another: We lived before this life. And one more: Families can be together forever. Can you think of other true, powerful doctrines that can be stated in just five words?

1 Corinthians 15 The Father’s Perfect Plan

Read verses 1-2, noting Paul’s intention to declare “the gospel which I preached unto you … wherein ye stand … by which also ye are saved.” What is the essence or principal message of the gospel of Jesus Christ?

This chapter is well-packed and well-known for Paul’s teachings regarding the following:

  • The Atonement of Jesus Christ, including His resurrection—read verses 3-7. The Prophet Joseph Smith stated, “The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 121).
  • Read also verses 17, 19, 26, 32, 52-55; and read 2 Nephi 9:8-9. How does the Resurrection give ultimate meaning to our faith and works?
  • Baptism for the dead—read verses 12-16, 18, 29. How does Paul’s mention of baptism for the dead support his argument against those who say there is no resurrection? Have you had testimony-confirming experiences as you participated in family history and temple work?
  • The Fall of mankind—read verses 21-22. In what ways do “all die”? How would you explain the positive role of Adam and Eve in the plan of salvation?
  • The post-mortal degrees of glory—read verses 39-41; read also D&C 76:89-96.

Note that all of Paul’s teachings in this chapter have been certified and strengthened by the true doctrine, authority, ordinances, and covenants revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith. How do you think 1 Corinthians 15:58 is a fitting conclusion to this chapter?

1 Corinthians 16 “Stand Fast in the Faith”

If you were to write a message to those you love most, what would you be sure to say in closing? Read some of Paul’s closing words in this epistle, in verses 13-14, 23-24.

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