This week we begin the epistles of the New Testament in Romans 1-6 "The Power of God unto Salvation" (August 5-11). Something to keep in mind is the epistles are NOT in chronological order. Instead the Pauline epistles (Romans to Hebrews) are sorted longest to shortest. That is except for Hebrews. Since some question whether Paul actually wrote Hebrews, it was placed at the end. If you’re wondering, here’s the correct chronology of the Pauline epistles:
1 & 2 Thessalonians (50-51 AD)
1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Romans (55, 57 AD)
Philipippians, Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon, Hebrews (60, 62 AD)
Titus, 1 & 2 Timothy (64, 65 AD)
You can find that information on the Epistles definition card included in the free printables below so you can reference it as you need (You can also find this info in your Bible Dictionary).
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I love the teacher manuals myself as they give some insights into the backgrounds of the time and even some ideas to teach my kids. The articles from General Conference are great for personal study as well.
“The Gift of Grace” by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“The Challenge to Become” by President Dallin H. Oaks
“Emissaries to the Church” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“A Witness of God” by Elder Neil L. Andersen
“Am I Good Enough? Will I Make It?” by Elder J. Devn Cornish
“Abide in My Love” by Elder D. Todd Christofferson
“Be Ye Therefore Perfect- Eventually” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“Grace” from True to the Faith
“Thoughts on the Process of Conversion” by R. Quinn Gardner (BYU Devotional)
“Developing Inner Strength” by Sister Ellen W. Smoot
“Ye Must Be Born Again” by Elder David A. Bednar
“Born Again” by President James E. Faust
“Divine Forgiveness” by Elder Ronald E. Poelman
Watch a video and discuss it after dinner, recap a part of the lesson before Church on Sunday, share a video in a group and discuss it together, or pause and discuss a video as part of your main lesson.
The Gift of Grace (about 19 minutes)- Talk by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
The Challenge to Become (about 17 minutes)- Talk by President Dallin H. Oaks
Emissaries to the Church (about 15 1/2 minutes)- Talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
A Witness of God (about 15 1/2 minutes)- Talk from Elder Neil L. Andersen
Am I Good Enough? Will I Make It? (about 10 minutes)- Talk by Elder J. Devn Cornish
Abide in My Love (about 15 minutes)- Talk from Elder D. Todd Christofferson
The Baptism of Jesus (about 3 minutes)- Bible video
There are a lot more videos about Conversion on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Questions to Ponder
Use these questions to help you ponder as you do your personal studies, encourage journaling for your kids, text them to a friend or child to get the conversation going, or take them with you in the car and randomly draw from a bag as you carpool to school or your next practice. These go beyond the questions in the manual.
How can you be an example of faith to the world?
How do you show that you are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ? What can you work on to better show your love for the Savior?
How can wisdom make us become fools?
How has your continued patience helped bless you?
Why is it important to be a hearer and doer of the word?
What can you do to ensure righteous words come from your mouth?
When have you been grateful that Jesus Christ atoned for our sins and shortcomings?
What other examples in your life have shown that the example of one righteous person that inspired many others to be righteous too?
How do you feel when you can recommit yourself to the covenants you made at baptism each week by partaking of the sacrament?
How have you been able to be freed from sin?
What does grace mean to you? How has it blessed your life? How can you better understand the gift of grace?
These are my ideas. My hope is that my thoughts may be a springboard to your own great ideas that are right for you and your family.
Before you dig into Romans, review my Epistles definition card. It puts the Pauline Epistles in order chronologically as well as explains what it is.
Remember how we talked about being bold last week? This week we’re continuing that theme with Romans 1:16-17. So what does it mean to not be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ? That’s up to you to decide. Write your own answers on the Dare to Be cards plus print out my ideas. Flip through the stack until you find one you are willing to try. Remember to journal about it and share with your family and class how it went!
Play Telephone! Pick one card and whisper it in the ear of the person sitting next to you. Pass it down the line. The last person says what they think they heard out loud. Reveal what the real phrase is and discuss how we can be clear in our communication as well as do what the card says. For example- you could share a gospel video on Facebook, in a text message, or bring a DVD over to a friend’s house. Mix up the order of people and try it again!
Play the devil’s advocate. Pretend that you decided to do whatever it says on one of my Dare to Be cards. Everyone else in your family or class except one person gets to point out all the reasons you should NOT do it (be ashamed instead). The other person will be on your side and help you see why they are wrong and why you should be bold and unashamed (You can do this one with more people on the good side instead too).
Watch the video, “Dare to Stand Alone.” While sometimes living the gospel will make it appear that we stand alone, we never really are and the blessings that will follow will make it worth it.
Discuss how the outward things we do such as going to church is for an inner conversion otherwise, what’s the point? Using my charades cards act out some of these outward actions (or do it Pictionary style instead). Once someone guesses, have your family or class finish the sentence- “If x then y.” For example, “If we go to church the we hope to strengthen our testimony of Jesus Christ.” There is obviously more than one right answer here. Some of the cards are hard if you don’t know what’s on them so you may want to read them all out loud first then play.
Discuss the difference between doing some of these outward actions routinely versus doing them sincerely. What’s the difference in how you do them as well as what you get out of them? Note: You may also want to discuss that sometimes we need to go through the actions first to get to the part where the conversion begins to happen.
After the game is over, let everyone pick a card. Invite them to think about that activity throughout the week. What are they hoping happens inwardly because they are doing that outward action? If they aren’t doing that outward action now, what might we need to change inwardly so we start doing it? How do these outward things help change us?
Grace can be hard to understand. I like the example of piano lessons in Brad Wilcox’s devotional, “His Grace Is Sufficient.” You may want to read his book or the one by Sheri Dew under my Study Suggestions above for further understanding as well.
Elder David A. Bednar also gives good insight into grace in his talk, “In the Strength of the Lord.” In it, he retells three stories including some from the Book of Mormon. Review some of the teachings about grace in these chapters then read the stories from Elder Bednar. Do you recognize the grace given in these stories?
Elder J. Devn Cornish gives a great talk on grace as well in“Am I Good Enough? Will I Make It?” In it he quotes President Gordon B. Hinckley answer to the question, “Will I make it?”, “Brothers and sisters, all the Lord expects of us is to try, but you have to really try!” That’s a great way to think of about grace as well. Go back through my charade cards. Are you perfect in doing that thing? Maybe or maybe not yet but are you really trying? That’s what makes the difference.
We revisit the topic of baptism again in this week’s lesson. This time we have a crossword puzzle for younger children. I love the handout in the Primary manual to go with baptism too. There are a lot more helps though if you want a different printable for baptism- just use the search bar at the top of the page.
Discuss the concept of how baptism is like a newness in life. Head out on a familiar walk but at one point, go a new direction. What were you able to discover because you went a new way? What did you learn? How did it change something you have done previously?
- There are a lot more great scriptures in these 6 chapters. I like that The Red Headed Hostess lesson packet focuses on the scripture in Romans 2 that talks about being doers of the word.