Ideas to Help You Teach 1 Corinthians 8-13 "Ye Are the Body of Christ" (August 26- September 1)

Get ready for some running in this week’s Come Follow Me lesson 1 Corinthians 8-13 "Ye Are the Body of Christ" (August 26- September 1). The Greeks and Romans felt athletic contests were very important. The ancient Olympic games ran every four years throughout the Mediterranean area. The Isthmian games took place in Corinth every two years. It’s no wonder Paul included a reference to an athletic event.



Something else interesting to note with 1 Corinthians is it’s mostly likely written before any of the Gospels making the references to the Last Supper, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ the earliest account.

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1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Additional Study Suggestions

“Running Your Marathon” by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

“The Race Is Not to the Swift Nor the Battle to the Strong” by William G. Dyer

“Your Four Minutes” by Elder Gary E. Stevenson

Videos to Share

The Race of Life (about 1 minute)- Clip from President Thomas S. Monson

Questions to Ponder

  • How is living the gospel like a race to you? Who or what can help you refuel, rest, etc. along the way?

  • What are you running for? How does keeping the prize in mind at the end of the race help you keep going?

  • What does an athlete do to prepare themselves for an event? How can you prepare yourself for your race?

  • Why is the prize the same for all who finish the race?


Teaching Activities

  • Race on! Plan a The Amazing Race family date. Mom of 6 has all the free printable and game ideas already. Have fun doing the activities then while you rest from your race, discuss how Paul compared living the gospel every day to a race in these verses. Remember to hand out a prize (paper crown, candy bar with a ribbon through it, etc) to everyone that played.

  • Discuss how Olympic athletes might prepare for their events. How much work do they put in beforehand? You can read this article or head to your country’s Olympic team site for more insights. Compare this to how we need to prepare to return to our Father in Heaven.

  • If you are blessed to live in Colorado Springs like me, this is a great week to go visit the Olympic Training Center (it’s number seven on the list). They have free tours where you can watch the athletes in training. On the drive there you can discuss these verses of scripture and on the way back you can discuss how the athletes training for their event is like us training to return to our Father in Heaven.

  • Go on a family run before your scripture study and discuss these verses when you get back.

  • For another race tie in, see this story about running a marathon from Sister Elaine S. Dalton. It’s from her talk, “At All Times, in All Things, and in All Places.”

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Additional Study Suggestions

“Temptation” by Rulon G. Craven

“Avoiding the Trap of Sin” by Elder Jairo Mazzagardi

Videos to Share

Have an Escape Plan (about 20 seconds) and You Are Never Alone (about 20 seconds) are the bottom of this Seminary page about temptation. There are also some great quote graphics you can share.

Spiritual Crocodiles (about 8 1/2 minutes)- from President Boyd K. Packer’s talk

Questions to Ponder

  • What escape plans have you used in the past to avoid giving into temptation?

  • When have you felt almost defeated? How does remember 1 Corinthians 10:13 give you strength in the midst of temptation?

  • Who can you help by sharing your escape plan?

  • How can we help one another when facing temptation?

Teaching Activities

  • Play a game of Kick the Can or Ghost in the Graveyard. The can is your safety. Whoever is “it” is the temptation. Your route the can is your escape plan. Show how the game is similar to how we can escape from temptation as well. If you have an escape plan it’s easier to get to the can or safety.

  • Go over your home’s safety plans- what to do in case of a fire, emergency evacuation, etc. While we know what we can do to prevent causing a fire in our own homes, sometimes it’s beyond our control. Why is it good to have an escape plan in place then? Why would it be helpful to have an escape plan for temptations as well? What plans can you make right now?

  • You could also head to an escape room or play one of the fun board games. At our library, we can check out board games in the teen section. See if your library has something like that. We tried out Escape: The Curse of the Temple and really had fun with it. It would work well for this lesson. If you want to head to an Escape Room check out Groupon as they usually have some deals for Escape Rooms under local attractions.

1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:16-30

Additional Study Suggestions

“The Sacrament and Spiritual Growth” by Elder Melvin J. Ballard

“The Living Bread Which Came Down from Heaven” by Elder D. Todd Christofferson

“As Now We Take the Sacrament” by Elder L. Tom Perry

Videos to Share

Sacrament Montage (about 2 minutes)- Music montage of the sacrament

Sacrament- Page full of videos relating to the sacrament.

Questions to Ponder

  • How has the sacrament helped you feel closer to your ward or branch?

  • What helps you think about the Savior during the sacrament?

  • How do you prepare yourself to take of the sacrament each week? Anything you want to change?

  • How does the love of the Savior bring us together? Have you had any experiences with this?

  • How has the sacrament helped you strengthen bonds and overcome past grudges with others?

Teaching Activities

  • A great way to show how partaking the sacrament can bring us together is by doing a painting activity. Grab a paint by number kit such as this painting of Jesus then cut it into squares for each person in your family. Each person paints a piece of the painting. Then you assemble it together again. The one I recommended, another Young Women's group did and shared about it on Facebook. It looked great! If you want to try something a little harder, you can use the pdf file on this page of the painting of Jesus by Minerva Teichert. The download is at the very bottom of the page underlined in blue. It would take time but it turns out amazing. The photo above is from a another Young Women's group that did it at camp.
  • Need something much quicker for your Primary class? Try one of my coloring pages from past lessons about the sacrament such as the one from my Primary 2 Lesson 38 helps. Cut it into squares and use markers or crayons to quickly color it and put it together. As they add their piece to the finished product, you can also have them share what helps them think about Jesus during the sacrament.
  • Try out the Sacrament Hymn Sing-Along from the Ensign.

  • Watch the Sacrament Montage mentioned above with two questions in mind. 1) How does the sacrament allow us to come together and be united? 2) How can I better reverence and honor Jesus Christ during the sacrament? You may want to watch it two different times with pondering only one question at a time.

  • Think about some other activities where there are many people but they strive to work together as one. For example, a choir or a dance team. You could listen to some of your favorite choirs on YouTube like One Voice as you discuss these verses.

1 Corinthians 12-13

Additional Study Suggestions

“Exercising Our Spiritual Muscles” by Elder Juan Pablo Villar

“Discover Your Gifts” by Justina Lichner

Videos to Share

“The Are Many Gifts” (about 19 1/2 minutes)- Talk from Elder Marvin J. Ashton

To Acquire Spiritual Guidance (about 16 minutes)- Talk by Elder Richard G. Scott

Extraordinary Gift (about 4 1/2 minutes)- A blind teen shares his gift to bless others

Questions to Ponder

  • What spiritual gifts do you have? Which gifts would you like to develop?

  • What spiritual gifts do you see in those in your family? How can you help them nurture that gift?

  • How can you use your spiritual gifts to build up the Kingdom of God?

  • Why is charity important to the spiritual gifts you have?

Teaching Activities

  • Paul mentions several spiritual gifts in these chapters, however, there are many more than that. To help emphasis this point, I made a Russian doll handout (Matryoshka dolls)- you can keep pulling doll after doll out. However, Charity is always the one in the very center because that is what all spiritual gifts need in order to be successful.

  • To make the dolls, you want to match up two of the same gifts of the spirit to staple back to back. Keep the staples along the edges and be sure to only staple the bottom half to make a pocket for the smaller dolls. Remember, the bottom part of the doll is wider than the rest so you need to leave it fairly open. You can glue the Charity doll together instead.

  • Read your patriarchal blessings and make a list of your current and potential spiritual gifts. Then see which you would like to focus on developing right now and how you can use that spiritual gift to bless others. You can also look at your direct line ancestor’s blessings. Please remember, though, these are sacred documents.

  • Grab your Friend magazine and do the activity, What Are Your Spiritual Gifts.

  • As you discuss the “body of Christ,” grab a Mr. Potato head. Start with it empty and build it one piece at a time as you discuss what the arm then shoes might represent.

  • Head back to a few lessons to May and print out my free flipbook that allows you to make your own characters. On the back this time, write some ways we can be the body of Christ

  • Trace yourselves! You can grab butcher paper at a teaching store or use the back of wrapping paper. Instead of filling in the details with yourself, draw in what different parts might represent such as Relief Society or a member of your family.

1 Corinthians 13:4-13

Additional Study Suggestions

“Charity: Perfect and Everlasting Love” by Elder Gene R. Cook

“Try, Try, Try” by President Henry B. Eyring

Videos to Share

Pass It On (about 2 1/2 minutes)- Examples from those who acted on President Thomas S. Monson’s counsel

Two Examples of Charity (about 2 minutes)- from Elder Neil L. Andersen

Questions to Ponder

  • How do you grow your spiritual gift of charity? What can you do when you don’t feel charitable?

  • How do you feel faith and hope help you have charity?

  • Why do you feel charity is the greatest of the spiritual gifts?

  • Who in your life do you feel exemplifies charity well? What can you learn from their example?

  • How does charity effect the way you live?

Teaching Activities

  • To help demonstrate how faith, hope, and charity work together, build a tepee! Each stick of the tepee represent one thing. Add Faith and Hope first then ask your class or family if they think it will stand with only two sticks. Then show how charity is needed to make the tepee stand and supports faith and hope just like faith and hope support charity. There are two sizes of tepees- one goes well with toothpicks. The other style works well with whatever other sticks you have around the house. I grabbed some chopsticks.

  • If you need some insight into how faith, hope, and charity work together, see this highlighted excerpt from President M. Russell Ballard’s talk, “The Joy of Hope Fulfilled.”

  • Head to the Preach My Gospel manual and review the questions for Faith, Hope, and Charity in the Attribute Activity at the end of Chapter 6: How Do I Develop Christlike Attributes. What do you learn about yourself after review these statements? What connections do you see between the three attributes? What goals can you make?

  • Grab a piece of foil and pretend it’s your mirror. How clear is your image reflected in the foil? Back in Paul’s day, they would use polished metal mirrors. You can compare the foil to using one of these mirrors and discuss 1 Corinthians 13:9-13.

Print all the questions to help you study throughout the week or use them while you teach.

The weekly summary is to help you plan your week or review before church. I like to take it with me in the car on the way to church to review what we’ve done as a family throughout the week and how that related back to what we studied. Use it to plan your week as well.

  • Check out the fiery dart activity and sacrament book available in the lesson packet from The Red Headed Hostess for additional fun and learning.
  • There are more great ideas especially if you teach Primary, over at Love Pray Teach too. She has primary kits for the younger or older classes plus family and Sunday School packets. Her older children primary kits includes a Winds of Temptation object lesson.