New Testament
Lesson 1
“That Ye Might Believe That Jesus Is the Christ”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will encourage us to strengthen our testimonies of Jesus Christ by studying the New Testament. The material presented in this outline is intended to supplement the material in the Gospel Doctrine Teacher's Manual and to assist the student of the New Testament in preparing for the 2011 Sunday School study of this wonderful book of scripture.

Scripture references for study:  Isaiah 61:1–3; JST, Luke 3:4–11; John 1:1–14; John 20:31
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Resource notes: Click on links for expanded information.

Lesson 1 Handout (PDF format)

Come Learn Of Me

Come Learn of Me
By Elder Bruce R. McConkie

This verse provides an outline of what I hope we can accomplish through our study of the New Testament in 2015.

Come drink of the waters of life.

Come feast on the good word of God. Come eat of the manna from heav'n.

Come bask in the light of the Lord.

Come hear him speak peace to the storm;
Come see him give sight to the blind;
Come watch him heal legs that are lame;
Come view him give life to the dead.

Come feel of his Spirit anew.

Come hear what he says to all men;
Come walk in the way he commands.

Come learn of the One who is God.

Why Study The Life Of The Savior?

The Lord has issued an invitation to learn about him.

If we are to reach our eternal potential, we must become like the Lord who is like is Father.

Studying The New Testament

Basic resource materials:

Personal Commitment:

Renew your commitment to read the Book of Mormon.

Thoughts on New Testament study:


Isaiah and John the Baptist Prophesy of the Savior’s Mission

READ ISAIAH 61:1-3. Isaiah prophecies about the Savior's mission.

READ JST LUKE 3:4-9. John the Baptist prophecies of the Savior's mission.

The Apostle John Testifies that Jesus Christ is “The True Light”

READ JOHN 1:1-3, 14. All things created by Christ.

John also wrote that Christ "was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world" (John 1:9).

As we study the New Testament this year, we should consider the words of President Monson: "We need not visit the Holy Land to feel him close to us. We need not walk by the shores of Galilee or among the Judean hills to walk where Jesus walked.
    "In a very real sense, all can walk where Jesus walked when, with his words on our lips, his spirit in our hearts, and his teachings in our lives, we journey through mortality."
(CR, April 1974)

Resource Notes

  1. Resource Note 1:  The Eternal Ministry of Christ.

  2. Resource Note 2:  Historical Link From The Old Testament To The New Testament.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

As we began the Old Testament course of study last year, I suggested that we keep a journal regarding our study of that great work. I included the following quotation from President Spencer W. Kimball taught, "We renew our appeal for the keeping of individual histories and accounts of sacred experiences in our lives-answered prayers, inspiration from the Lord, administrations in our behalf, a record of the special times and events of our lives….  I promise you that if you will keep your journals and records they will indeed be a source of great inspiration to you, each other, your children, your grandchildren, and others throughout the generations." (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p349)

Journals have a wonderful way of helping us to focus our thoughts on that which is most important. What if we spent a few minutes each week recording our thoughts about the Sunday School lesson and assigned scriptures? At the end of the year we would have a wonderful treasure of knowledge and inspiration. As President Kimball states, it will be "a source of great inspiration to you, each other, your children, your grandchildren, and others".

THE CHALLENGE:  Obtain a notebook and title it The Gospel Doctrine Class - New Testament (or create a digital notebook). Each Sunday spend 10-20 minutes recording your thoughts about the teachings and scriptures for the current lesson. I believe that you will find at the end of the year you will have a greater appreciation for the New Testament and its teachings. I believe that you will be inspired to live better and more fully implement the teachings of the scriptures into your daily life.

Resources Used In This Lesson

A First Dictionary Of Cultural Literacy by E.D. Hirsh.

Conference Reports (CR).


Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage.

Journal of Discourses (JD).

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith selected and arranged by Joseph Fielding Smith.

The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, Volume 1, by Bruce R. McConkie.

The Promised Messiah by Bruce R. McConkie.

The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball.

World Religions - From Ancient History to the Present edited by Geoffrey Parrinder.

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