The Help You Need to Teach 2 Corinthians 1-7 "Be Ye Reconciled to God" (September 9-15)

Onward to Come Follow Me lesson 2 Corinthians 1-7 "Be Ye Reconciled to God" (September 9-15). In this letter to the Corinthians, Paul emphasizes his love and concern for the Saints in Corinth. At this time some people have come in teaching false doctrine. Paul strengthens the Saints, warns them, and shares some sacred moments in this second epistle.

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2 Corinthians 1:3–7; 4:6–10, 17–18; 7:4–7

These scriptures discuss how trials can be a blessing, how Heavenly Father comforts us, and how we can comfort others.

Additional Study Suggestions

“Trial of Your Faith” by Elder Neil L. Andersen

“Come What May, and Love It” by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

“The Immediate Goodness of God” by Elder Kyle S. Mckay

“Mountains to Climb” by President Thomas S. Monson

“Lift Up Your Head and Rejoice” by Brother M. Joseph Brough

“Heavy Trials, Tender Mercies” by Alice Warner Johnson

“Face Life’s Tests with the Savior’s Help” by President Henry B. Eyring (New Era)

Videos to Share

You Can Do It Now! (about 16 1/2 minutes)- Talk from Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Pure and Simple Faith (about 5 1/2 minutes)

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People (about 4 1/2 minutes)

Questions to Ponder

  • During a trial, what helps you remember Heavenly Father loves you? What can we do now (or continue doing) so that it is easier to remember God’s love during the harder times?

  • In what ways have you seen Heavenly Father helping you through your trials?

  • What experiences have you had where the Lord guided you to someone who needed love?

  • How does helping others in their troubles lighten our own troubles? In what ways have you seen this to be true?

  • How can we encourage each other through hard times even when we might not know the details?

  • What helps you to keep going when life is hard? What makes it so you don’t just throw in the towel and give up?

  • What blessings have you seen as you have gone through your trials? How did going through that experience bless you?

  • Because of the trials you have gone through, who can you help comfort?

  • What are some things you learned because of your trials?

Teaching Activities

  • Do you love to build? Help discuss how trials can be a blessing with a little Lego Build Challenge. Some of the cards have something to build while others are ways to destroy your creation and they all have limitations on them. What I love about Legos is they are meant to be taken apart and rebuilt. How did having these limitations frustrate you? How did they end up being a blessing? (Hopefully, they got you to think about your creation in a new way and to build something that you haven’t before)

  • Listen to the song, “Blessings.” It’s the song that talks about how the storms in life might be mercies in disguise. There are a lot of different artists that sing it but here’s Laura Story on YouTube- the lyrics are included in video’s info. Then disguise the words and phrases that stuck out to you and how it goes with these verses.

  • Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave a talk back in 2014 titled, “Living the Gospel Joyful” where he mentioned how the rain drops are blessings but we block them with our umbrella of doubt, etc. Print raindrops and write down some of the blessings you have or would like to receive. Ask your child to hold the umbrella up like you would normally and dump the rain drops on top of the umbrella. What happened? Did she get any raindrops/blessings? Then ask the person to turn the umbrella upside down and drop the raindrops again. What can we learn from this exercise?

  • Think about the hard things you have gone through life. What did you learn from those things? Are there people around you going through something similar? How might you be able to offer them comfort and hope?

2 Corinthians 2:5-11

These scripture verses focus on the blessing of forgiving others.

Additional Study Suggestions

“The Healing Ointment of Forgiveness” by Elder Kevin R. Duncan

“Even as Christ Forgives You, So Also Do Ye” by Elder Larry J. Echo Hawk

“The Ministry of Reconciliation” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

“Until Seventy Times Seven” by Elder Lynn G. Robbins

“The Key to Forgiving Myself” by Madison Child (New Era)

Videos to Share

The Healing Ointment of Forgiveness (about 10 minutes)- talk by Elder Kevin R. Duncan

Forgiveness: My Burden Was Made Light (about 8 1/2 minutes)

Just Let Go is a great full length film that shows the power and importance of forgiveness. It’s included in your Living Scriptures streaming subscription (don’t have Living Scriptures yet? Watch free for one month).

Questions to Ponder

  • How can you be more forgiving in your life?

  • How do you feel when you are forgiven? How do you feel when you forgive another?

  • How can we use Christ’s example in our relationships with others? How can we be more forgiving and understanding?

  • What can you learn from Paul about forgiveness?

  • What helps you forgive when it’s hard?

  • What blessings have you received because of forgiveness?

Teaching Activities

  • You could always tie in the famous song from “Frozen” called, “Let It Go.” Bring in some helium balloons and write on each one some ways your group have become offended (sharpies work fine but may still smear so be careful!). Then discuss ways, we can unburden ourselves of these things and let the balloon go. You may even want to discuss how we sometimes begin to let go but then quickly grasp it back down. How can we completely let go? Keep in mind, you will need to bring the balloons back down so make the ribbons on them nice and long so it’s easy to clean up. If you don’t want to hassle with helium balloons, use my free printable ones on the board instead. You can still add real ribbon for fun.
  • Keep the balloon theme going with some steps of forgiveness balloon posters. If you want to be extra fun, bring in helium balloons with the steps written on them and let them float to the ceiling as you practice and go through each step. OR if you think your group can handle it, they can blow a balloon up and let it go as they give an example of going through each step.

2 Corinthians 4:1-2

These verse discuss being honest.

Additional Study Suggestions

"Honesty- a Moral Compass" by President James E. Faust

"Be Honest" by Elder David A. Bednar

“Earning the Trust of the Lord and Your Family” by Elder Richard J. Maynes

Videos to Share

Honesty: You Better Believe It! (about 5 minutes)

Be Honest (about 1 minute)

How Does Honesty with Ourselves Strengthen Us? (about 4 1/2 minutes)

Questions to Ponder

  • Are there any areas of your life where you could be more honest?

  • When have you been got in a web of lies? What did you learn about that experience?

  • When is it hard to be honest? What decisions can you make now to make it easier to be honest in that situation?

  • What are some lies we might tell ourselves? How we can we be more honest with ourselves?

Teaching Activities

  • Make a giant spiderweb! Grab some yarn and design your own web between chairs, your stairs, whatever you can weave yarn though. Then grab some of those plastic spider rings from the Halloween section of your store to place on your web. You can put scenarios strips with the rings (for young kids try the ones in Primary 2 Lesson 34) or ask people to share a time when they were tempted to be dishonest or afraid to be honest but chose the right as they remove the spiders from the web. You can use one of those cheap stretchy spider webs they have at Halloween time instead.

  • Make the spider web an obstacle to get through instead. The web represents the original lie you told plus all the other lies you ended up telling because you were dishonest in the first place. In order to be free from the web, you have to get through it to the other side without making any of the spider rings fall off. You can add a level of difficulty by making it a silent game too. Discuss the importance of honesty, the many blessings from it, and what to do when we make the mistake of being dishonest.

  • If you want more honesty object lessons, try one with water from The Corner on Character or one with ice cream from Over the Big Moon.

  • Send the message of honesty home with my free printable web handout. You can attach a spider ring in the web if you cut two slits for the ring to hang on to. The handout says, “Don’t get caught in a web of lies.”

2 Corinthians 5:6-7

The focus of these verses is to walk by faith not necessarily by sight.

Additional Study Suggestions

“We Walk by Faith” by President Gordon B. Hinckley

“Faith Is the Answer” by Elder David E. Sorensen

“‘Lord, I Believe’” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Videos to Share

“Lord, I Believe” (about 14 1/2 minutes)- Talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

We Walk by Faith (about 16 1/2 minutes)- Talk from President Gordon B. Hinckley

Questions to Ponder

  • What holds you back from walking by faith? What makes you stay only on the path that you can see?

  • What does walking by faith look like and mean to you?

  • How does walking by faith give you confidence and peace?

  • When do you feel it is necessary to walk by faith?

Teaching Activities

  • Demonstrate how you can do things without sight. Get a rope or piece of yarn and tie it into a large circle (you want it long enough that everyone in your class or family can hold on to it at the same time). Place the rope on the floor. Tell the group to gather around the circle on the floor then everyone has to close their eyes or be blindfolded for the rest of the activity. Ask them to build a square shape with the rope in front of them. After they build the shape, they can look for a minute or can take a photo of it and wait to show them all the photos at the end. Other shapes you can build: rectangle, triangle, a W, and a Z. Discuss how they were able to build the shapes, what other senses did they use, etc. How can walking by faith instead of sight benefit us?

  • Ask for a volunteer to demonstrate different types of walks. Let everyone call out different types of silly walks such as walk like a penguin, an Egyptian, backwards, etc. End the charade with walking by faith not by sight. Then ask the person why they choose to walk that way. What did the rest of the group notice? What does walking by faith look like to you? How do we walk by faith daily?

2 Corinthians 5:14-21; 7:8-11

These scriptures discuss having Godly sorrow and becoming new creatures in Christ.

Additional Study Suggestions

“Repentance: A Joyful Choice” by Elder Dale G. Renlund

“Becoming a ‘New Creature’ in Christ” by Elder Vern P. Stanfill (this month’s Ensign)

“How can we be ‘born again,’ or as King Benjamin phrased it, How can we be ‘spiritually begotten’ of Christ?” by C. Richard Chidester

Videos to Share

“Repent… That I May Heal You” (about 15 minutes)- Talk by Elder Neil L. Andersen

Repentance: A Joyful Choice (about 16 minutes)- Talk from Elder Dale G. Renlund

Reclaimed (about 3 1/2 minutes)- Great one for kids to watch

Questions to Ponder

  • Why do we need to look to Jesus Christ in order to truly repent? How do you look to Christ as you go through the repentance process?

  • How have you experienced a "mighty change of heart"? What can you do to help others experience this change?

  • How is "godly sorrow" different from the regret some people feel when they have done something wrong?

  • What teachings about the Atonement of Jesus Christ give you hope?

  • How have you become a new creature in Christ?

  • How can you better use the Sacrament to become reconciled to God each week?

  • How has the gospel of Jesus Christ changed you? How can it still change you?

Teaching Activities

  • Print out my worksheet and show how some animals go through transformations by finishing the drawings. Then show how you have and might continue to change and transform because of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • Act out your transformations instead. Roll up a volunteer in a blanket like a burrito. Then let them unroll themselves and show how they are something different. You could even hide some butterfly wings for them to slip on as they get wrapped up in the blanket.

  • If you have little ones, you can color this simple I’m Sorry page for these scriptures or the forgiveness scriptures too.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18

These verses mention how we should be in the world but not of the world.

Additional Study Suggestions

“The Eye of Faith” by Elder Neil L. Andersen

“‘In the World’” by Elder L. Tom Perry

“The Tugs and Pulls of the World” by Elder Neal A. Maxwell

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

Videos to Share

Sharing Your Light (about 3 minutes)

Stand Ye in Holy Places- Bloom Where You’re Planted (about 4 1/2 minutes)

The Lost Purse (about 2 1/2 minutes)

195 Dresses (about 5 minutes)

Guided Safely Home (about 2 1/2 minutes)

Questions to Ponder

  • How can you be a good example without being self-righteous?

  • How can observing the Sabbath day help you stay separate for the evils of the world? What other commandments help you do this?

  • When has someone righteous example helped you?

Teaching Activities

  • Watch The Lost Purse video mentioned above then make your own purses and wallets. What would you want someone to find inside your purse or wallet? You can cut out pictures from Church magazines to draw your own.

  • Make a pop up picture. You can draw or print out a picture of the earth then make a shape to pop out of that picture. You can use a butterfly to continue on the theme of transformations or make it a picture of you. You can find a butterfly template and instructions to make it pop up on Easy Peasy and Fun. How can we enjoy the world without being in the world?

  • Play a game of Simon Says where everyone copies your actions or they are out of the game. Do some actions that represent good qualities like reading your scriptures then do some that represent not so great actions like picking your nose or pretending to punch an invisible person. Being in the world is playing along but not being of the world is when you decide not to copy the action because it wasn’t a good example.

Remember to print out your Weekly Review One Sheet as well. Great for planning your week as well as reviewing what you’ve learned. You can also print out all the Questions to Ponder so you can use them as you study throughout the week.