1 Corinthians CHAPTER 1 True Saints are perfectly united in the same mind and in the same judgment—Preach the gospel and save souls—The gospel is preached by the weak and the simple.
1 Corinthians CHAPTER 2 The gospel is preached by the power of the Spirit—The Spirit reveals all things to the Saints—The unrepentant natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians CHAPTER 3 Milk comes before meat in the Church—Men’s works will be tried by fire—The Saints are the temple of God, and if they are faithful, they will inherit all things.
1 Corinthians CHAPTER 4 Christ’s ministers must be faithful—The Apostles suffer, minister, and keep the faith—The kingdom of God is not in word but in power.
1 Corinthians CHAPTER 5 The Church cannot fellowship sinners—Christ, our passover, was sacrificed for us.
1 Corinthians CHAPTER 6 Church members should not fight one another in the courts—The unrighteous will not be saved—True Saints are the temple of the Holy Ghost.
1 Corinthians CHAPTER 7 Paul answers special questions about marriage among those called on missions—Paul praises self-discipline.
New Testament Seminary Student Manual (2023) “1 Corinthians 1–4” Corinth was a wealthy trade center and the capital city of the Roman province Achaea. Many citizens of Corinth worshipped idols and were immoral. Some were also divisive and contentious. In this environment, staying true to the Savior’s gospel became difficult for many Church members. When Paul wrote to the Corinthian Saints to help them with their challenges, he spoke of the foundation he had laid for them.
One truth we can learn from these scriptures is that as we build the foundation of our lives on Jesus Christ, we can overcome Satan’s influence and worldly challenges.
Being wise means trusting in God’s wisdom. (Sr)
Ask the children to read 1 Corinthians 1:23–25 and find the words wisdom and foolishness. Explain that many people thought Paul’s teachings were foolish, but Paul explained that believing Christ’s gospel is true wisdom. Why is it wise to believe what God teaches? (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7” )
Liahona June 2021 [God] is the Father of our spirits. He loves each of His children perfectly. God is perfect, has all power, and knows everything. He is just, merciful, and kind. We lived as spirits with God before we were born. He sent us to earth to learn and grow. God’s greatest desire is for each of His children to return to live with Him again after we die. God teaches us that we must follow Jesus Christ to return to God’s presence.
While it’s good—even encouraged—to seek wisdom wherever we can find it (see 2 Nephi 9:29; Doctrine and Covenants 88:118), Paul gave some strongly worded warnings about flawed human wisdom, which he called “the wisdom of this world.” As you read 1 Corinthians 1:17–25, ponder what this phrase might mean. What do you think Paul meant by the “wisdom of God”? Why do we need God’s wisdom to accomplish God’s work? Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7”
Help the children role-play how they could respond to people who think God’s commandments are “foolish”—such as the commandment to have faith in the Savior, keep the Word of Wisdom, or obey the law of tithing. For example, they could testify of the blessings that come from living these teachings.(Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7” )
Share an experience when others thought that your beliefs were foolish, or share an example from the scriptures. Let the children share similar experiences. How can 1 Corinthians 1:25 help us remain faithful when others call our beliefs foolish? (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7” )
Friend August 2023 “Trouble at the Park” Hunter’s friends started saying bad words at the park. They wanted him to say one too. He told them he doesn’t say those words. His friends said that one word won’t hurt. He decides to play somewhere else in the park.
Friend November 2018 “Finders Keepers?” Mike finds some money on the school grounds and takes it to the office even though his friends think they should keep it and spend it.
New Testament Seminary Student Manual (2023) “1 Corinthians 1–4” Many who lived in Corinth valued worldly wisdom. The message of a crucified Messiah didn’t make sense to many Jews and Gentiles. In the Roman world, the punishment of crucifixion symbolized shame and defeat. The idea of someone willingly suffering for others was “foolishness” to the Greeks ( 1 Corinthians 1:23). For the Jews, a Messiah who died on a cross was a “stumbling block” ( 1 Corinthians 1:23) because they expected the Messiah to conquer their enemies.
The Holy Ghost teaches me gospel truths. (Jr)
Show objects or pictures that represent ways we learn about the world (such as a school, book, or smartphone). What can we learn when we use these things? Explain that in 1 Corinthians 2:11, 14, Paul taught that we can learn about God only through the Spirit of God, which is the Holy Ghost. What can we do to learn “the things of God”? (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7” )
Clap your hands as you say each syllable in the sentence “The Holy Ghost teaches us truth.” Ask the children to clap their hands and repeat the phrase. Share with the children an experience when the Holy Ghost helped you know that something was true. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7” )
Friend January 2022 “Dinis Finds an Answer” Dinis and his family had joined the church, but a couple of years afterwards Dinis was questioning that decision. He knew he needed to ask God if the Church was true. He prayed harder than he ever had before. Then Dinis felt something. The feeling was strong and warm. It grew until he felt it all over his body. He knew it was the Holy Ghost telling him that the church was true.
Sing together a song about the Holy Ghost, such as “The Holy Ghost” (Children’s Songbook, 105). Help the children find words and phrases in the song that teach how the Holy Ghost speaks to us and what He teaches us. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7” )
- When Christ was on the earth, He promised he would send The Holy Ghost to comfort us, Our true, eternal friend. The Holy Spirit whispers With a still small voice. He testifies of God and Christ And makes our hearts rejoice.
The Holy Ghost teaches me gospel truths. (Sr)
Ask the children to make a list of ways we learn about the world—for example, books, school, and the internet. Then read together 1 Corinthians 2:11–14. What do these verses teach about how we learn “the things of God”?(Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7” )
Tell about a time when you learned something through the Spirit of God. Help the children identify times when they felt the Spirit. What “things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:11) has the Spirit helped us understand?(Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7” )
Invite each child to read one of these scriptures: 1 Corinthians 2:11–14; 1 Nephi 10:17; Moroni 10:3–5; and Doctrine and Covenants 8:2–3. Ask the children to share what they learned from these scriptures about how the Holy Ghost teaches us. Why are we grateful for the gift of the Holy Ghost?(Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7”)
Friend March 2020 “How Does Heavenly Father Speak to Us?”
If you wanted to learn more about something like automotive mechanics or medieval architecture, how would you do it? According to 1 Corinthians 2:9–16, how is learning “the things of God” different from learning the “things of a man”? Why must we have the Holy Ghost in order to understand the things of God? After reading these verses, what do you feel you should do to understand spiritual things more fully? How could Paul’s words help someone who is struggling with his or her testimony? Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7”
Jesus Christ is my foundation. (Jr)
Read 1 Corinthians 3:11 to the children, and explain that Jesus Christ is our foundation. Show the children several pictures of things we can have testimonies of, including a picture of Jesus Christ. Help them arrange the pictures so that the picture of Jesus is on the bottom, like a foundation, and the other pictures “build” on a testimony of Him. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7”)
Create actions for the song “The Wise Man and the Foolish Man” (Children’s Songbook, 281), and sing the song with the children. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7”)
Give each child a rock with “Jesus Christ is my foundation” written on it. Let them take the rocks home to remind them what they learned. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7”)
Share pictures that depict some of your favorite stories from the Savior’s life, and ask the children to tell you what is happening in the pictures. Let them share some of their favorite stories about Jesus. Bear your testimony that Jesus Christ is the foundation of your faith. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7”)
The Red Crystal Have the children color the figure to look themselves, and then cut the story pictures out and paste them onto the foundation area.
My body is like a temple. (Jr)
Show the children pictures of temples (see this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families), and read these words from 1 Corinthians 6:19: “Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost.” Help the children understand that Heavenly Father wants us to keep our bodies clean and holy, like a temple. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7”)
Friend August 2019 “Your Body is a Temple” Activity comparing how the body is like a temple.
Latter Day Kids “My Body is Like a Temple” Lesson ideas
Display a picture of a child, and put pictures around it of things that are good for our bodies and things that are bad. Invite the children to take turns identifying the good things and removing the bad ones. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7”)
My Body Is a Temple of God,” 2016 Outline for Sharing Time Link includes lesson ideas
Gospel Living “Activity: Caring for Our Bodies“ (See link for additional teaching ideas.) Help children understand how our food and sleep choices affect our bodies. Bring in examples or show pictures of a lush, green plant and a wilted plant. Talk about how plants need food from the soil, water, and sunlight to grow. If they don’t get those things, they wilt. We need good food, water, and rest to be healthy too.
Explain that eating healthy food, drinking enough water, and getting enough sleep all help us to have the energy we need to work and play during the day.
- Play a game where the children line up on one side of the room. When you say something that helps us take care of our bodies, have the children start running to the other side of the room. When the children hear something that’s not helpful for taking care of our bodies, have them stop. Try to get all the children to the other side of the room. For example:
- Staying up late (stop)
- Going to bed on time (run)
- Drinking soda when you are thirsty (stop)
- Eating vegetables (run)
Sing together a song about bodies, such as “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” (Children’s Songbook, 275), and ask the children why they are thankful for their bodies. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7”)
It’s fun to use the below images for the song, and then have the children take turns mixing them up and singing it again. Also, you could have each child tell why they are grateful for their bodies before their turn mixing up the cards.
I should treat my body with respect and keep it holy. (Sr)
Our bodies are temples of God where the Spirit can dwell.
Bring a container with pictures of a child and a temple inside. Invite the children to read 1 Corinthians 6:19–20 and guess what is in the container. Let them open it and discuss how our bodies are like temples. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7”)
Talk with the children about how we should treat a temple. If our bodies are like temples, how should we treat our bodies? Singing or reading the words to a song about temples, such as “The Lord Gave Me a Temple” (Children’s Songbook, 153), can help answer this question. When we make mistakes, how can we make our “temples” clean again? (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7”)
Friend August 2019 “Your Body is a Temple” Activity comparing how the body is like a temple.
Read together “Your Body Is Sacred” (in For the Strength of Youth [guide, 2022], 22–29). Invite the children to list on the board the counsel they find about how to care for our bodies. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7”)
Friend June 2017 “Healthy from Head to Toe” Match the numbered body part with the statement about body health.
Friend August 2021 “Taking Care of Me!” Exercising, sleeping, eating healthy food, and relaxing.
The Red Crystal Great lesson ideas
The Corinthians were recent converts to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of them were still plagued with carnal (worldly) weaknesses. Paul compared them to “babes in Christ,” telling them that he had fed them with milk because they were not ready for meat (1 Corinthians 3:1–2). Milk refers to the simple teachings of the gospel that must be understood before the meat, or more complex doctrines, can be taught. Such doctrines can only be understood by those who have acquired spiritual maturity by living according to the light they have already received (see D&C 50:24; Alma 12:9–11). (“1 Corinthians 1-4: Unity through the Spirit,” New Testament Seminary Student Study Guide)
Maybe you could read these verses while eating milk and meat. You could compare the way babies grow into adults with the way we grow spiritually. Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 1–7”
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