New Testament
Lesson 15
I Am the Light of the World

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us strengthen our testimonies that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that by following him we can gain true freedom.

Scripture references for study:  John 7–8
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Lesson 15 Handout (PDF format)

The Feast Of Tabernacles

Jesus' "brethren" invited him to go up to the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem. (see John 7)

"But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret." (John 7:10)


"Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he? And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people." (John 7:11-12)

READ JOHN 7:14-17. Jesus appears at the temple and begins to preach.

The Woman Taken In Adultery

READ JOHN 8:2-11.

The Light Of The World

"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." (John 8:12)


READ JOHN 8:31-36.

READ JOHN 8:43-47. Jesus frustrated with the Jews.

READ JOHN 8:52-59.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

In today's world we find many attractive philosophies. Unfortunately, a belief in Christ and a desire and willingness to follow his teachings are often looked upon unfavorably. Christians are often accused of trying to force their beliefs on others. In such a climate, an individual can become confused in his or her search for truth. Jesus provided mankind with a simple test to discover the validity of his precepts, simply try them. By doing so, the Lord has promised that we shall learn if they are from God. And, as the Savior later promised, when we know the truth, we shall be made free. We will be free of false philosophies. Free of doubt and uncertainty. As we abide by these precepts, we will be made free of the bondage of sin. All we have to do is try this simple experiment.

Record your thoughts on the teachings of the Master in this week's lesson. How does a knowledge of the truth make a difference in your life?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary by Bruce R. McConkie (DNTC).


Improvement Era.

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.

The Promised Messiah by Bruce R. McConkie.

Things As They Really Are by Neal A. Maxwell.

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