Come Follow Me - New Testament
“Ye Shall Be Witnesses unto Me”
July 1–7


Lesson Highlights

Scripture references for study:  Acts 1–5
     Note: Underlined scripture references have been hyperlinked to the Scriptures at LDS.org.

Lesson Handout (PDF)


Introduction to the Book of Acts

WHAT IS THE BOOK OF ACTS? WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

WHO WROTE THE BOOK OF ACTS?


Jesus Christ Directs His Church through the Holy Ghost

The Book of Acts records the Lord's ministry following the resurrection, "To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God." (Acts 1:3)

The Lord's final commission to his apostles before his ascension.

We see in the book of Acts how the apostles led the church as directed by the Holy Ghost.

We see early in the apostolic ministry how the power of the Holy Ghost changed the leadership of the church.

At a later time, as they were teaching, Peter and John were arrested by Jewish leaders. The following day they were brought before Annas, Caiphas, John, and Alexander and asked, "By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?"(v7)

Peter and John were released and returned to their followers where they prayed.

WHAT EVIDENCE DO WE SEE IN OUR TIME OF THE GUIDING INFLUENCE OF THE SPIRIT IN THE DIRECTION OF THE LORD'S KINGDOM? 


The Apostles of Jesus Christ Are Called By God through Revelation

A new apostle.

"We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof." (Article of Faith 5)

HOW SHOULD THE ABOVE KNOWLEDGE AFFECT OUR RESPONSE TO THE LEADERSHIP OF THE TWELVE?


We Receive the Blessings of the Atonement As We Live the First Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel

Peter teaches about the Savior.

Peter teaches the first principles and ordinances of the gospel.

"Then they that gladly received his word were baptized." (Acts 2:41)


The Holy Ghost Inspires Us to Act on What We Learn

As discussed in the previous section, Peter instructed those assembled to "Repent, and be baptized ... in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins" and they would receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38).

HOW HAS YOUR LIFE BEEN INFLUENCED AS YOU HAVE LIVED WORTHY OF THE SPIRIT?


As We Are Filled With the Holy Ghost, We Can Share the Gospel with Boldness

READ ACTS 3:1-7. Peter heals the lame man.

"And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering." (v11)

READ ACTS 3:19-21. Peter preaches of the times of restitution.

As noted earlier in this lesson,  they were teaching, Peter and John were arrested by Jewish leaders. The following day they were brought before Annas, Caiphas, John, and Alexander and asked, "By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?"(Acts 4:7)

"But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus." (Acts 4:17-18)

The work of the apostles continued (see Acts 5):


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Following the Ascension and the day of Pentecost, the Twelve Apostles went from quiet followers of the Master to bold testifiers of the gospel and mission of Jesus Christ. This remarkable change was wrought by the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost may have a similar effect upon us as we are obedient to our baptismal covenants. We, too, should follow the promptings of the Spirit and declare our testimonies when the time is appropriate. As we do so, we can bring the riches of eternity to those with whom we come in contact.

Record your thoughts on the changes that came over Peter after the resurrection. How can you better serve as a witness for Jesus Christ?


Resources Used In This Lesson

Deseret News

Discourses of Wilford Woodruff

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

Doctrines of Salvation by Joseph Fielding Smith

General Conference


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