New Testament
Lesson 31
And So Were the Churches Established in the Faith

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us learn from Paul’s teachings about how to share the gospel and how to live as Saints.

Scripture references for study:  Acts 15:36–18:22; 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians
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Lesson 31 Handout (PDF format)

Acts 15

At the conclusion of the Jerusalem conference, Paul, Barnabas, and their companions returned to Antioch.

READ ACTS 15:36-41. A sharp division between Paul and Barnabas.

Acts 16

READ ACTS 16:6-10. Paul directed by the Spirit.

READ ACTS 16:14-15. Conversion of Lydia.

READ ACTS 16:16-24. Paul imprisoned.

READ ACTS 16:25-26. Paul and his companions freed.

READ ACTS 16:27-34. Conversion of the prison guard.

Acts 17

READ ACTS 17:1-3. Paul testifies that Jesus is the Christ.

READ ACTS 17:15-21.

Read Acts 17:22-31. Paul's discourse on Mars' Hill.

READ ACTS 17:32-34. Reaction of the Athenians.

1 Thessalonians

Paul follows up his second mission with letters to the Thessalonians.

"And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come." (1 Thessalonians 1:10)

Chapters 4 & 5.

2 Thessalonians

  1. READ 2 THESSALONIANS 2:1-3. There must be a falling away from the truth prior to the Second Coming.
  2. "Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
  3. And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil." (2 Thessalonians 3:1-3)
  4. READ 2 THESSALONIANS 3:10-12. Those who do not work, should not eat.
  5. "But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing."
  6. (1 Thessalonians 3:13)

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

We are blessed and privileged to live in the latter days and partake of the restored gospel. We know that the Second Coming is drawing near. What will we do with the knowledge we possess? When Paul learned the truth, he became an enthusiastic missionary. If we truly love the Lord and his gospel, we will endeavor to spread the truth and support the missionary effort, even when we sometimes grow weary.

Record your thoughts on Paul's missionary labors and his teachings to the Thessalonians. How can you better follow in the footsteps of Paul?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Doctrines of Salvation by Joseph Fielding Smith.

Life of Heber C. Kimball by Orson F. Whitney.

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.

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

The Life and Teachings of Jesus and His Apostles (Religion 211-212 Student Manual).

Wherefore Ye Must Press Forward by Neal A. Maxwell.

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