New Testament
Lesson 17
What Shall I Do That I May Inherit Eternal Life?

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand that we must be willing to sacrifice the things of this world to obtain a place in the kingdom of heaven.

Scripture references for study:  Mark 10:17–30; Mark 12:41–44; Luke 12:13–21; Luke 14; Luke 16
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Lesson 17 Handout (PDF format)

Trusting In Riches Can Keep A Person Out Of The Kingdom Of God

READ MARK 10:17-21. A rich young man seeks Jesus to find the path to eternal life.

"And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions." (v22)

READ MARK 10:23-25. Hard to trust in riches and enter the kingdom of God.

READ MARK 12:41-44. The widow's mite.

Seek Heavenly, Rather Than Earthly Treasures

 "And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth." (Luke 12:13-15)

READ LUKE 12:16-21. Parable of a certain rich man.

Followers Of Christ Must Be Willing To Forsake All To Be True Disciples

READ LUKE 14:16-24. Parable of the great supper.

READ LUKE 14:25-33. We must forsake all to be Christ's disciples.

Seek Spiritual Wealth With Enthusiasm & Energy

READ LUKE 16:1-13. Parable of the unjust steward.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

We live in a world and in a time possessed with the pursuit of worldly possessions and wealth. Increasingly, we see many around us obsessed with accumulating the things of this world, becoming wealthier and wealthier, pursuing recreation and ease. Such is not in the eternal scheme of things. If we truly wish the riches of eternity, our priorities need to be different from those in the world. We must be willing to put away the things of the world and serve the Lord with all our heart, might, mind, and strength. We should be grateful for our earthly blessings, but we need to view them in their proper perspective.

Record your thoughts on the teachings of the Master on riches. Who do you serve? In what ways can you make the seeking of eternal riches the highest priority in your life?

Resources Used In This Lesson

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

Gospel Doctrine by Joseph F. Smith.

Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage.

Lectures On Faith by Joseph Smith.

Pure In Heart by Dallin H. Oaks.

Stand Ye In Holy Places by Harold B. Lee.

Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball.

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