Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Gospel of Christ is the Power of God unto Salvation

This week should be pretty awesome. We get to look into Paul's epistle to the Romans.
We are going to go over a few scriptures and look at some of the things in them. 
1.   Lets Review Romans 1:3–4; Luke 1:31–32; 3:23–31. Jesus Christ is both the Son of David and the Son of God because of the way the lineage works. Mary came from the line of Davis as did Joseph, but he was also the Son of God because of how he was born. The Lord should be able to reign both the kingdom of God and the kingdom of David, which is Jerusalem. 
Being the son of David, He was mortal; being the Son of God, He was immortal. Reading John 10:17–18 we learn why it is important the Lord is both mortal and immortal. It was important because it was supposed to be his choice to lay down his life and to die for us and perform the Atonement. 
2.   Now let us Review Romans 1:15–20 and answer the following questions:
o       How did Paul feel about the gospel?
  • Paul felt that he should not be ashamed of the gospel. Once converted, he did everything he could to spread the gospel of Christ.

o       In what ways can you show you are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ?
  • I want you to think about this personally. Some things that I thought of are that we can continue to live as an example of Jesus Christ. 

3.    Review Romans 1:21–32. Then respond to the following items:
o       Make a list of the people’s sins by using the verses and the footnotes.
  • Vain in their imaginations
  • Worshiped images
  • Lust
  • Homosexuality
  • Fornication
  • Envy
  • Murder
  • Deceit
  • Covenant breakers

o       Place a checkmark next to the sins on your list that are still a problem today. (This you can do on your own)
o       What reasons were given for why people commit these sins?
  • They did not retain God in their knowledge, meaning they did not think about God.

o       What does it mean in verse 25 when Paul said that people “worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator”?
  • It means that they did not follow the Spirit but followed the Natural Man.

Saturday, October 19, 2013


Today we are going to talk about forgiveness. We are getting into Paul's epistles to the Corinthians.

Lets review a few scriptures: 2 Corinthians 2:1-11, Matthew 6:14-15, and Doctrine & Covenants 64:9-10.
(Doctrine and Covenants are found the the triple combination of the LDS scriptures or are found online at

Then lets go over the following questions:

  • What were the people of Corinth commanded to do "if any have caused grief?"
    • The people of Corinth were commanded to forgive them, and show an increased measure of love and kindness. They/we should also "confirm" our love for them.
  • What blessings do we see if we forgive?
    • One of the main blessings that we receive from forgiving others is forgiveness ourselves. Heavenly Father will forgive us when we forgive others.
  • What is the danger of failing to forgive?
    • The dangers are that we will not be forgiven and we will be committing a greater sin than the person who offended us. 
We need to put our trust in the Lord and forgive others, even when it seems like a really hard thing to do. We are given the power to forgive others, so we can do it we just need to put our mind and heart to it. I also think that the person we need to forgive the most is ourselves. We are the hardest on ourselves and so it is that much more important to forgive ourselves. We can overcome anything with the help of the Lord through the Atonement.

The following video is one amazing man's experience with forgiveness. May we all be like unto him and forgive.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Being Influential for Good in the Lives of Others

Lets read 1 Corinthians 9:1,16,20-23.

What does Paul say about his position in the church?

Paul is an apostle in the Church. He is a special witness of Christ.

What does Paul say about being influential in the lives of others?

Paul teaches us that we need to be compassionate and empathetic toward others so that they may be able to be happy. If we can relate we can make other's happy.

Please comment to keep this conversation going.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Paul's Cousel to Members

The scriptures we are going to look at this week are:
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13; 4:1-12, 5:1-22
2 Thessalonians 3:1-6,11.

Let's compile a short list of attributes Paul asks of the members:

  • Abound in love
  • walk and please God
  • Know the commandments
  • Live the law of Chastity
  • Love one another
  • Study
  • Work
  • Be Honest
  • Children of Light
  • Watch and be sober
  • Peace
  • Rejoice
  • Pray
  • Abstain from all appearance of evil
Now that we have a list we need to pick a few that we can work on:
  1. Walk and Please God
    • Sometimes I find it hard to remember Christ throughout the day, so that is one thing that I will work on is to try and walk and please God all day.
  2. Peace
    • I need to have a little more peace in my life. I have a very busy schedule, so I need to find time to relax and find some peace.
  3. Abstain from all appearance of evil
    • I need to be an example in all things and I need to go though and do an inventory on things that may be considered and appearance of evil.