Sunday School

"You share with your Gospel Doctrine teacher the responsibility to help the class be successful. The Lord has said that teachers need to 'preach...by the Spirit of truth' and that those who receive 'the word of truth' should 'receive it by the Spirit of truth.' 

Come to class prepared to contribute insights, ask questions, share experiences, bear testimony, and listen attentively to the teacher and other class members.

When you have studied the reading assignment and pondered the questions in this study guide, you will be better prepared to experience the fulfillment of the Lord's words when he said, 'He that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together.'"

Assigned Readings

Lesson 8:

(Introduction, Class Member Study Guide)

Here is the Class Member Study Guide and here is the Teacher's Manual, for your studying pleasure.

Sunday School Checklist - Are you ready for class?
Sunday School Assessment - Did you fulfill your responsibilities?

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Why was it important that Jesus call Apostles? (See Matthew 9:36–38; 16:19; Mark 3:14–15; John 20:19–21, 23; Ephesians 4:11–15.) Why is it important that the Lord has called Apostles today?   
What do you learn about the powers and responsibilities of Apostles from Jesus’ counsel in Matthew 10? How have you seen latter-day Apostles fulfill these responsibilities?   
How have you been blessed by following the counsel of an Apostle?   
Scripture Chain: The Calling of an Apostle Luke 6:13 Matthew 10:5–8 Ephesians 4:11–15 D&C 107:23 D&C 107:33, 35 D&C 112:14 D&C 112:19–22   
Jesus told Nicodemus that “except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). What does it mean to be born again? (See the scripture chain in this section.)   
Read and ponder Alma 5:14–31 as if Alma were speaking to you. What do you need to do personally to be “spiritually … born of God”? (Alma 5:14).   
• Jesus told the Samaritan woman that he could give her “living water” (John 4:10). What do you think “living water” means? (See 1 Nephi 11:25; D&C 63:23.) How can we obtain living water? How has this living water blessed you?   
Scripture Chain: “Born Again” John 3:3–5 John 3:16–17 Mosiah 5:1–7 Mosiah 27:25–26 Alma 5:14–16 Alma 22:15–18   
What message did John preach to prepare the people for the coming of the Savior? (See Matthew 3:1-2.) What does it mean to repect? (See 2 Corinthians 7:9-10; Luke 19:8; Mosiah 7:33; D&C 1:31-32; 58:42-43.)   
As you read about the SAvior's encounter with Satan in the wilderness, what do you learn about withstanding temptation? (See Matthew 4:1-11. See also the footnotes to Matthew 4:1-2, 5-6, 8-9, and 11.)   
Aftre receiving a witness that Jesus was the Messiah, how did Philip[ answer Nathanael's doubts? (See 1:43-46.) What can you do to invite others to "come and see" the Savior?   
Luke 15:3-10, 2 Corinthians 7:9-10, Alma 34:31-34, 1 John 1:8-9, Matthew 3:1-2, D&C 58:42-43   
What were the circumstances of Jesus' birth? (See Luke 2:7.) In what ways do people today refuse to make room for the Savior in their lives? What can you do to make room for Him in your life?   
Why did Jesus come to earth? (See 3 Nephi 27:13-16)   
What did the "wise men from the east" do when they found the child Jesus? (See Matthew 2:11.) What gifts can you offer to the Lord?   
As a youth, Jesus "increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man" (Luke 2:52). In other words, he developed intellectually, physically, spiritually, and socially. What are some specific things you can do to grow intellectually, physically, spiritually, and socially? Ali's  
What do you learn about Mary from her conversations with the angel Gabriel and with Elisabeth? (See Luke 1:26–38, 45–49; see also Alma 7:10.) What can you do to follow her example?   
How do the examples of Elisabeth, Zacharias, John the Baptist, Mary, and Joseph help you see the Savior’s greatness and increase your faith in him? How can you help others increase their faith in Jesus Christ?   
Read Luke 1:16, and discuss the importance of helping people “turn to the Lord” by sharing the gospel with them. Make a list of family members or friends who are not members of the Church or who are less-active members of the Church. Pray as a family for guidance in deciding whom you can share the gospel with and how to go about it.   
Scripture Chain: Prophecies about John the Baptist - Isaiah 40:3; 1 Nephi 10:7–10; Luke 1:13–17; Luke 1:67, 76–79   
What do you learn about Jesus Christ from John 1:1-3, 14? https://docs.google.com/document/d/151xhGNWb-aIPhfw3WnovoaXYkTfW5_Lg0pjv8ED6bzU/edit?authkey=CPSI0ccM#  
The Apostle John said that "in [Jesus] was life" (John 1:4). He also testified that Jesus is "the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world" (John 1:9). How has the Savior given you life and light? Life and Light  
What accounts or teachings in the New Testament have particularly inspired or helped you? How might studying the New Testament this year help strengthen your testimony of Jesus Christ? New Testament study  
Family Discussion: Read JST John 1:1-3. Explain that Jesus created the earth. Take a walk as a family, giving close attention to the many beauties of creation.   
Scripture Chain: Jesus Christ's Foreordained Mission Still working on it...  
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