New Testament
Lesson 40
I Can Do All Things through Christ

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will encourage us to develop the characteristics of true followers of Jesus Christ.

Scripture references for study:  Philippians; Colossians; Philemon
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Lesson 40 Handout (PDF format)


Introduction to Philippians.

"For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake." (Philippians 1:29)

"Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." (Philippians 2:12)

READ PHILIPPIANS 3:7-11. All things a loss for Christ.

READ PHILIPPIANS 3:13-14. Paul presses toward the mark.

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." (Philippians 4:8)

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:13)



READ COLOSSIANS 1:12-22. Paul teaches about Christ.

"If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister." (Colissians 1:23)

In Colossians 2:7 Paul says that we should be "abounding in thanksgiving." He repeats this again in Colossians 3:15, and also says, "be ye thankful."  In Colossians 3:17 Paul reminds us, "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."

READ Colossians 3:16-17. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.


Philemon was a resident of Colossae. He appears to have been converted by Paul. Paul makes it clear in his letter that he had entertained the notion of keeping Onesimus, Philemon's runaway slave, with him in Rome, for he was a valuable friend. Paul could not do so, however, since the young convert-slave was the property of Philemon (v12-14). The punishment for a runaway slave was death, but Paul begs Philemon to to forgive Onesimus. Paul offers to make up any financial loss suffered by Philemon following the apostle's release from prison (v18-19).

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the teachings of Paul to the Philippians and the Colossians. What principles can you apply to your life?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Answers To Gospel Questions, Volume 2, by Joseph Fielding Smith.

As A Man Thinketh by James Allen.

Conference Reports (CR).

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary by Bruce R. McConkie.

Lectures On Faith by Joseph Smith.

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson (TETB).

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (TPJS).

The Divine Connection: Understanding Your Inherent Worth by Lloyd D. Newell.

Writings of Early Latter-day Saints, John Butler Autobiography, BYU-Special Collections.

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