The Help You Need to Teach 1 Corinthians 1-7 "Be Perfectly Joined Together" (August 19-25)

On to Corinth with Come Follow Me lesson 1 Corinthians 1-7 "Be Perfectly Joined Together” (August 19-25). The Activity Cards and Questions to Ponder printable are at the very bottom of this post this week.

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During Paul’s time, the city of Corinth was the capital of the Roman province Achaia. Achaia covered most of ancient Greece south of Macedonia. Corinth was a wealthy trade center so it attracted people throughout the Roman Empire which in turn made it one of the most diverse cities in the area. 1 Corinthians is actually the second letter Paul wrote to them. The first one was, unfortunately, lost.

You can read more about 1 Corinthians in the Institute New Testament Student manual.

1 Corinthians 1:10-17; 3:1-11

Additional Study Suggestions

“With One Accord” by Sister Reyna I. Aburto

“We Need Christ’s Church” by David A. Edwards

“How Can We Create a Culture of Inclusion”- August’s Ministering Principle

Videos to Share

Our Hearts Knit as One (about 16 1/2 minutes)- Talk from President Henry B. Eyring

We Don’t Need to Be the Same to Be One (about 1 minute)- Video quote

Lots more videos on Unity

Questions to Ponder

  • How has unity or disunity helped your family succeed or fail?

  • How can your family become more united?

  • Why is it important that as a church we be unified? How can you do your part?

  • What can we do when someone doesn’t feel united at church or at home?

  • What can you do when someone or something tries to destroy your family’s unity?

Teaching Activities

  • Play some games to encourage unity within your family (this is also a great activity to invite your ministering families or neighbors to). Print off my Unity Game Cards if you need ideas and try some out! There are eight ideas in total. The one pictured above is Silly Story.

  • Looking more games to play? Try these games great for youth groups and older children. You can even use it for this week’s youth activity night and discuss these verses together.

  • Have a secret family member week. Each day, you must do one nice thing for a specific family member. You can pick one person’s name to do for the whole week or draw a new name every day. How has doing kind things for one another strengthened your family’s unity?

  • Instead of doing secret family member, surprise your ward members with acts of kindness. You could mow their lawn, pull weeds, roll up their trash cans, visit with them, etc.
  • Weave! You can make a quick loom with cardboard or use a weaving loom. As you put each string through, think of one thing you can do encourage unity within your family or ward. Give your finished product to someone who could use some extra love or hang it in your house as a reminder.
  • Read the Ministering Principle for August in the Ensign and pick one way you are your family will commit to be welcoming and more inclusive at church this week.

1 Corinthians 1:23-25

Additional Study Suggestions

“Seek Ye Out of the Best Books” by Elder Ian S. Ardern

“Uncommon Sense: How Christ’s Teachings Changed Everything” by Hank R. Smith

“Real-Life Education” by President Henry B. Eyring

“Where Is Wisdom?” by President Russell M. Nelson

“O Be Wise” by President M. Russell Ballard

Videos to Share

The Wisdom of Him Who Knoweth All Things (about 30 seconds)- Quick video quote (share it online, text it and discuss)

Increased in Wisdom (about 1 minute)- Clip from President Thomas S. Monson

Questions to Ponder

  • Why would God choose to use the weak things of the world to confound the mighty? What examples of this have you seen?

  • How can you build a testimony that is in the power of God rather than the wisdom of men?

Teaching Activities

  • Research some of the schools that your children (or you) want to attend. What makes each one special? What are some of the classes they teach? Why should we receive an education? Discuss how this worldly knowledge defers from God’s wisdom as well as how they might go hand and hand. Why does it benefit us to learn more? (See D&C 130:18-19) Where can you learn things of God?

  • Discuss the story “Multiplication Master” by Jessica Larsen in the August 2019 Friend. What must we do if we expect to have wisdom and help? Why isn’t it enough to simply pray?

1 Corinthians 2:9-16

Additional Study Suggestions

“Seeking Knowledge by the Spirit” by Elder Mathias Held

“Quench Not the Spirit Which Quickens the Inner Man” by Elder Keith K. Hilbig

Videos to Share

“The Holy Ghost” (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Primary music video

Questions to Ponder

  • How has the Holy Ghost helped you better understand the things of God?

  • What additional insights have you gained as you allowed the Holy Ghost to be your companion?

  • How should you go about learning the things of God? What resources could you use? Who could be your tutor?

  • What things do you want to know about? How can you find out?

Teaching Activities

  • Print my Secret Message cards. Can your family read them as is? What might they use to better understand what is written on the card? I grabbed a red viewer we had from our game of Outburst but all you really need is red cellophane. It may still be a little tricky but it will be clearer than before. How can you compare this to needing the Holy Ghost to understand the things of God?
  • Study the scriptures in a different way than you usually do as a family. Invite the Holy Ghost to be apart of your session and study this chapter or another together. I recommend using the Seminary or Institute manuals as they are full of insights. Also remember to use the footnotes, Bible Dictionary, etc.

1 Corinthians 3:4-9

Additional Study Suggestions

“Planting Gospel Seeds of Spirituality” by Elder David B. Haight

“Missionary Work: Sharing What Is in Your Heart” by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“A Home Where the Spirit of the Lord Dwells” by President Henry B. Eyring

Videos to Share

Check out these videos about members and missionaries working together.

Questions to Ponder

  • What seeds have you planted?

  • What are some small ways you can begin planting seeds in the hearts of the people around you?

  • How does understanding that all you might do is plant a seed help your willingness to do missionary work?

Teaching Activities

  • As a family discuss some of the seeds that may be planted in people’s hearts as we share gospel experiences and teachings with others. You can write your answers on my blank garden tags as well as use some my labeled ones to get your minds thinking. Now plant some seeds! You can do an herb indoor garden, lettuce, or even a grass house. OR add the labels to your existing garden. As you water and watch your plants grow, ponder how the things you do and share can be having the same effect on other’s hearts.
  • Every time you share something about the gospel with someone, plant a seed. What does it take for that seed to grow? How can you help the people you have shared with grow their seed as well? How can you nourish your own seed?

1 Corinthians 3:10-11

Additional Study Suggestions

“The Marvelous Foundation of Our Faith” by President Gordon B. Hinckley

“Jesus Christ, Our Sure Foundation” from Priesthood Holders manual

“How Firm Our Foundation” by President Russell M. Nelson

“Life Rocks!” by John Bytheway (included with your Deseret Bookshelf PLUS subscription)

Videos to Share

How Firm a Foundation (about 4 minutes)- Sung by the Choir at Temple Square

Questions to Ponder

  • How is the foundation of your testimony? Is it firmly built upon Jesus Christ? How can you ensure that it continues to be built upon Him?

  • What happens if we build our testimonies on something else?

  • If our testimony started built on something else, how can we fix it?

Teaching Activities

  • Gather a few different objects to build with such as blocks, sponges, clothes, cards, etc. The blocks will represent the firm foundation while the rest represent something else that people may build their testimonies on such as a person. Then use the cups that discuss the restoration of the gospel to build upon the different foundations. Which foundation is easiest to build on? Which is most sturdy? Discuss how our testimonies need to be built upon Jesus Christ to be firm.

  • Watch or sing “How Firm a Foundation” Hymn #85 then review the words again. What else can you learn about building your testimony from this hymn?

1 Corinthians 6:13-20

Additional Study Suggestions

There are several articles in the August 2019 Ensign that talk about our bodies as temples and taking of care of it. Some of these are digital only articles so be sure to check out the ones online too. Start here in the Young Adult section- be sure to turn the page for the additional articles. Then read “Our Sacred Bodies” by Marissa Widdison. It’s an article geared toward teaching teens and younger children. Finally, be sure to read President Russell M. Nelson’s article, “Your Body: A Magnificent Gift to Cherish.”

“‘Ye Are the Temple of God’” by President Boyd K. Packer

“The Sanctity of the Body” by Sister Susan W. Tanner

Videos to Share

Personal Purity (about 18 1/2 minutes)- Talk from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

We Believe in Being Chaste (about 16 minutes)- Talk from Elder David A. Bednar

Chasity: What Are the Limits? (about 4 minutes)- Great narrated and drawn video

I Choose to Be Pure (about 4 1/2 minutes)- Six interfaith youth share about why they choose to be sexually pure

Love and Marriage (about 10 1/2 minutes)- Talk from Sister Wendy W. Nelson

Questions to Ponder

  • How do you take care of your body? What could you do to better prepare your body so the Spirit can be your constant companion?

  • How do you treat your body so that the Spirit can dwell with you?

  • How does knowing that you are bought for a price make help you better care for your body and spirit?

  • How do the guidelines from the For the Strength of Youth help us treat them as the temple they are?

Teaching Activities

  • Discuss how are bodies are like temples. Print out my bodies as a temple handout. There are several phrases that talk about our bodies, the temple, or both. Draw an arrow from the phrase to the correct drawing.

  • Decorate the person on your handout to look like you. Young kid may enjoy gluing on ribbon, yarn, googly eyes, etc. or simply color them. Hang them up in their room or on the fridge so they can remember how their bodies are like a temple.

  • Cut my handout into puzzle pieces. On the back of some of the pieces, write down the quotes from our Church leaders about our bodies. You can hide the pieces around the room for an extra challenge. As you assemble the puzzle, read and discuss the quotes.

  • If you have a younger group, try out the activity in this month’s Friend that talks about how great our bodies are.

  • If you have an older group, this is a great opportunity to discuss some topics such as pornography, chastity, eating disorders, cutting, the choking game, and other difficult but important topics. The online edition of the Ensign has additional articles about eating disorders. There are a lot of great articles in this issue to read and discuss as a family. Chastity: What Are the Limits is a great video to help you revisit the topic with your children as well.

  • Review the For Strength of Youth book this week and commit yourselves to certain decisions now.

  • For Word of Wisdom activities, see free Swat it game printables from my Primary 6 Lesson 40 handouts or feed your own puppet with my Primary 3 Lesson 14 handouts.

Additional Resources for 1 Corinthians 1-7

These go with the lesson but I don’t have a specific activity to go with them. They are great for your personal study though! You can also print out activity cards to help you remember some of the activities and points covered here.

“Exercising Our Spiritual Muscles” by Elder Juan Pablo Villar

Additional Questions to Ponder

  • Who has been an example of being a saint in your life? How can you seek to be a saint?

  • What things might need to purged from your life? What things can you leave behind as your old self to become new?

  • When you ever been deceived by Satan? How did you realize you were being deceived?