Come Follow Me - New Testament
“The Lord Had Called Us for to Preach the Gospel”
July 22–28

Lesson Highlights

Scripture references for study:  Acts 16–21
     Note: Underlined scripture references have been hyperlinked to the Scriptures at

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As Members of the Church, We Testify of Jesus Christ and Share His Gospel

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.

See the next section, We Are the Offspring of God, for Paul's discourse on Mars Hill in Athens found in Acts 17.

Acts 19

"After returning from his second mission, Paul spent some time in Antioch and then departed on a third mission. He first went through Galatia and Phyrgia, then spent three years in Ephesus. The work of God grew mightily during this time, but opposition stiffened as Paul's preaching against false gods threatened the lucrative business of silversmiths who sold small silver shrines for Diana, pagan goddess of Asia Minor. Realizing the bitterness of the hostility toward him, Paul decided to leave Ephesus. He called together the disciples, embraced them, then left for Macedonia. 
     "After giving 'much exhortation' in the cities of Macedonia (Acts 20:2), Paul went to Greece for three months. He then started the long journey back to Jerusalem, traveling again through Macedonia. He had hoped to arrive in Jerusalem for the day of Pentecost, but threats against his life caused him to take a slower route. When he reached Miletus, he sent a messenger to Ephesus to ask the Church leaders there to come and meet him. He delivered a stirring farewell address, then resumed his journey, stopping frequently to strengthen the churches along the way. 
     "During his third mission Paul wrote a letter to the Saints in Galatia, warning them against false teachings and stressing the central role of Christ's atonement."
(Gospel Doctrine Teacher's Manual 1989/1995 , p31)

See second section below, Baptism Must Be Followed By Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, for discussion of this account found in Acts 19.

READ ACTS 19:8-9. Paul leaves the synagogue to preach in the school of Tyrannus.

READ ACTS 19:23-28. Silversmith's craft threatened.

Acts 20

As he was returning to Jerusalem, Paul sent a messenger to Ephesus to ask the Church leaders to meet with in in Miletus. There he delivered a farewell address.

READ ACTS 20:28-31. Paul warns against apostasy.

READ ACTS 20:35-38. Paul's final comments to the people at Ephesus.

Acts 21

At the conclusion of Paul's third mission (about A.D. 58), he returned to Jerusalem for his fifth and last visit.

After reporting on his mission, the Jerusalem brethren, lead by James (the Lord's brother), was presented with a grave problem that was increased by his presence in the city.

In an attempt to placate the Jewish Christians, and hold the church together, Paul agreed to place himself under a vow, go to the temple, and undergo the full ritual cleansing as required by the Law of Moses.

Perhaps the greatest cause of internal conflict in the early church was the issue as to whether Jewish Christians should continue to abide by the Law of Moses or embrace the higher law that Jesus taught.

Paul seized by a Jewish mob.

Paul was a bold and fearless missionary that spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. WHAT IS OUR REPSONSIBILITY? WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO?

We Are the Offspring of God

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.

Baptism Must Be Followed By Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost

Paul goes to Ephesus and finds disciples of John who had not yet received the Holy Ghost.

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. How can you better follow in the footsteps of Paul?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Answers to Gospel Questions, Volume 4, by Joseph Fielding Smith

Comprehensive History of the Church by B.H. Roberts

General Conference

Gospel Doctrine Teacher's Manual (1989/1995)

Journal of Discourses

Life of Heber C. Kimball by Orson F. Whitney

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie

Preach My Gospel

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith selected and arranged by Joseph Fielding Smith (TPJS)

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

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