1 Corinthians 8–13 – Teaching Children the Gospel

1 Corinthians CHAPTER 8 There are many gods and many lords—To us there is one God (the Father) and one Lord, who is Christ.

1 Corinthians CHAPTER 9 Paul rejoices in his Christian liberty—He preaches the gospel to all without charge—He is all things to all men to gain converts.

1 Corinthians CHAPTER 10 Christ is the God of Israel and the spiritual Rock that guided them—Ancient Israel rebelled against Christ—Paul contrasts true and false sacraments.

1 Corinthians CHAPTER 11 Paul speaks of certain customs of hair and grooming—Heresies will arise that test and prove the faithful—The sacramental emblems are partaken in remembrance of the flesh and blood of Christ—Beware of partaking unworthily.

1 Corinthians CHAPTER 12 The Holy Ghost reveals that Jesus is the Christ—Spiritual gifts are present among the Saints—Apostles, prophets, and miracles are found in the true Church.

1 Corinthians CHAPTER 13 Paul discusses the high status of charity—Charity, a pure love, excels and exceeds almost all else.

1 Corinthians 9:24–27.

Since Paul compared living the gospel to running a race, you could have a family race to illustrate his point. Award a crown to everyone who finishes the race, and discuss how all who are diligent in following Jesus Christ in this life will win the “incorruptible” prize (1 Corinthians 9:25; see also 2 Timothy 4:7–8). What does a runner do to prepare for a race? What can we do to prepare to return to Heavenly Father?

Heavenly Father will help me make righteous choices. (Jr)

1 Corinthians 10:13

Read 1 Corinthians 10:13 to the children, inviting them to shake their heads when they hear the words “tempted” or “temptation.” Explain what this verse means to you. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 8–13” )

Gospel Home Study Packets “Resisting Temptations” Has some good temptation scenarios and an activity.

Tell some brief stories of people who are about to make a wrong choice. As the children listen, invite them to hold up their hands or a paper stop sign when the person in the story makes a wrong choice. What would be the right choice? Testify that Heavenly Father will help us choose the right. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 8–13” )

Friend February 2019 “A Little Better Every Day” 

Show a picture of Jesus, and sing with the children a song about Him, such as “I’m Trying to Be like Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, 78–79). Talk about how remembering Jesus helps you make good choices. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 8–13” )

Show pictures of other things that help us make good choices, such as parents or scriptures. Ask the children what helps them make good choices. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 8–13” )

“Choosing the Right through Study and Prayer” (June 1997 Friend)

The Red Crystal Includes story scenarios to go with the game.

“I Will Always Choose the Right” (October 2005 Liahona and Friend)
A message about what resources can help us choose the right.

Heavenly Father will help me resist temptation. (Sr)

1 Corinthians 10:13

Invite the children to read 1 Corinthians 10:13 in pairs and summarize the verse in their own words. Ask the children to share an experience in which Heavenly Father helped them avoid or resist temptation. What can we do to rely on Heavenly Father when we are tempted? (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 8–13” )

Friend February 2019 “Yo-Yo Decision” While shopping with her mom, Lea found a yo-yo. Oscar had brought one to school and had impressed everyone with tricks. Lea wanted to do that too, but she didn’t have enough money to buy the yo-yo. A thought came into her mind that she could just put it in her pocket, but then she had a bad feeling. She realized it was the Holy Ghost warning her, so she put it back and felt peaceful and happy.

Friend November 2020 “Hyrum Beats the Bad Words” Hyrum figures out a way to help him not think about the bad words that he hears.

Write on slips of paper temptations children may face today. Invite the children to each choose a paper and share what Heavenly Father has given to help us avoid or resist these temptations. For some ideas, read together Alma 13:28–29. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 8–13” )

The Red Crystal has a list of temptations that could be printed off. You could use the Temptation Toolbox activity below with the temptation scenarios. Have the children read off the temptation and choose a tool, or name something else (write it on a blank tool), that could help them overcome the temptation. Have them explain how that tool could help them before putting it in the tool box.

Bring a box of tools (or pictures of tools), and label each tool with a way we can resist temptation (such as praying, singing a hymn, reading the scriptures, [remembering Jesus], or serving others). Let each child pick a tool and talk about a situation when the action written on that tool’s label could help us resist temptation. Read together verses 25–26, and testify that God will help us when we face temptation. Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Old Testament 2022 “Moses 1; Abraham 3”

Gospel Home Study Packets “Resisting Temptations” Has some good temptation scenarios and an activity.

During the sacrament, I can think about how I am following the Savior. (Sr)

1 Corinthians 11:23–29

Ask a child to read 1 Corinthians 11:28. What does it mean to “examine” ourselves before taking the sacrament? Ask the children to think of other people who examine things, like doctors, detectives, or scientists (for example, doctors examine us to make sure we are healthy). When we partake of the sacrament, what can we do to examine how we are living our baptismal covenants? (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 8–13” )

Print and cut out the magnifying glass and the pictures of the children. Place one of the pictures from the left onto the magnifying glass. Explain that before we take the sacrament we could examine our actions from the week. If we find any that we might need to repent of, we could try to think of ways we could try to do better, repent, and promise to do be better in the coming week as we take the sacrament. As we do so, we can recommit yourself to always remember Him and keep His commandments.Ask the class for some ideas oh what the child could to do to better keep his or her baptismal covenants. Replace the picture on the magnifying glass with its matching picture on the right. Ask how they think that child now feels. Do the same with the other pictures.

Ask the children to make a list of things they can think about when they partake of the sacrament. Invite them to use their lists as a reminder to examine themselves during the sacrament. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 8–13” )

Friend June 2019 “The Sacrament Reminds Us of Jesus Christ”

Teaching Children the Gospel “Lesson 36: Jesus Christ Gives the Sacrament to the NephitesWhy is it important for us to always remember Jesus? When we remember Jesus, we remember the things he did for us. We remember his love for us, and we remember the things he taught. When we remember those things, our faith and love for Jesus grows and our desire to keep his commandments increases.

Sacrament Flip Book: Make, or have the children make, sacrament flip books to help them think about their covenants and the meaning of the sacrament during the sacrament. The children reads the question and tries to think of the answer and then flips over the question to check their answer.

Sacrament Book Assembly Instructions: For each child, print one copy of the Sacrament Book pages (colored or black and white) onto heavy paper. Cut out the answer pages by cutting straight across the dotted lines (you should only need to make two cuts per page using a paper cutter.) Turn the pages so they all face the same direction and then stack them together in numerical order. Hole punch the left side. Assemble the book by loosely tying the pages together with the ribbons through the punched holes, and then by putting each cut out question on top of its matching answer and taping down the left side edge of each question. (You could have the kids do the assembly part.)

Point out the last few pages and explain that during the week they can draw or glue pictures of things they remember about Jesus on those pages. This will help them remember Jesus throughout the week. They can even add more pages if they desire.

Heavenly Father has blessed me with spiritual gifts. (Jr)

1 Corinthians 12:4, 7–12

Ask the children to draw a picture of a favorite gift they have received. Explain that Heavenly Father gives us spiritual gifts to strengthen our faith and help us bless others. Share with the children some of the spiritual gifts described in 1 Corinthians 12:7–11. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 8–13” )

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Write a note for each child, describing a spiritual gift you have seen in him or her (or you could invite parents to write these notes). Put the notes in envelopes. Allow the children to open the envelopes, and help them read about their spiritual gifts. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 8–13” ).

Cut out cards. Give one card to each parent to fill out. The name of the child goes on the top line.

Easy, Peasy, and Fun “Printable Gift Box”

Semigloss Design “Gift Card Holder Template – Free Printable Template”

Friend March 2017 “What Are Your Spiritual Gifts?” This activity from the Friend can help family members learn about their own spiritual gifts.

I have spiritual gifts. (Sr)

1 Corinthians 12:4, 7–12, 3113:1–8

Ask the children to write on the board the spiritual gifts they find in 1 Corinthians 12:7–1113:2. Invite them to find any additional gifts mentioned in Moroni 10:8–18 and Doctrine and Covenants 46:13–26.

See Gospel Principles “Chapter 22: The Gifts of the Spirit” for a description of the different gifts and ideas on how they could be used.

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The Red Crystal has black and white copies that the children could fill out.

“Write the gifts named in Moroni 10:9-16 on strips of paper, and put them in a gift box. Write the numbers 9 through 16 on the board, and invite the children to take turns picking a paper from the box and matching it to the verse number on the board. What do we learn about these gifts from verses 8 and 17-18?”

(Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Doctrine and Covenants 2021 “Doctrine and Covenants 46–48”) If possible, show objects or pictures that represent each gift. Pause occasionally to ask the children how these gifts could bless someone.

Share with them some additional spiritual gifts mentioned by Elder Marvin J. Ashton: “The gift of asking; the gift of listening; … the gift of avoiding contention; … the gift of seeking that which is righteous; the gift of not passing judgment; the gift of looking to God for guidance; … the gift of caring for others; … the gift of offering prayer; the gift of bearing a mighty testimony” (“There Are Many Gifts,” Ensign, Nov. 1987, 20). Invite the children to talk about the spiritual gifts they see in each other. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 8–13” )

After reading these verses together, consider giving everyone a piece of paper with the name of another family member (or classmate) at the top. Ask everyone to list the spiritual gifts they notice that person has. You could then pass the papers in a circle until everyone has had a chance to write about each family member’s gifts. Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 8-13”

Before class, ask the parents of the children in your class about the gifts they see in their children, or think about the children’s gifts yourself. Tell the children about these gifts. Invite the children to write down one way they will use their gifts to bless someone this week. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 8–13” )

One truth you might recognize is that the Lord gives each member of His Church at least one spiritual gift to bless others with. New Testament Seminary Student Manual (2023) “1 Corinthians 12”

Friend March 2017 “What Are Your Spiritual Gifts?” This activity from the Friend can help family members learn about their own spiritual gifts.

Cut out cards. Give one card to each parent to fill out. The name of the child goes on the top line.

Could put the card in one of the below boxes or envelopes.

Easy, Peasy, and Fun “Printable Gift Box”

Semigloss Design “Gift Card Holder Template – Free Printable Template”

Share different situations in which people could use a spiritual gift from 1 Corinthians 12:7–10. Invite the children to identify the spiritual gifts that could be used in each situation. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 8–13” )

See Gospel Principles “Chapter 22: The Gifts of the Spirit” for description of the different gifts and ideas on how they would be used.

Friend December 2006 “The Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit” When a child finds one of the words have them tell how they could use that gift.

I can love others. (Jr)

1 Corinthians 13

Read 1 Corinthians 13:13 and Moroni 7:47, and help the children repeat the phrase “Charity is the pure love of Christ.” Show pictures of Jesus being loving and kind, and ask the children how He showed love to others (see Gospel Art Book for ideas). (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 8–13” )

The Red Crystal

Sing a song about loving others, such as “Jesus Said Love Everyone” or “Love One Another” (Children’s Songbook, 61, 136), with the children. Show pictures of different people (such as a parent, sibling, teacher, or friend), and ask the children to share how they could serve that person. Invite the children to think of someone they could serve and then write a note or draw a picture to give that person. If they need other ideas about how to serve, show the video “Pass It On” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org). (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 8–13” )

The Red Crystal

Friend February 2019 “Helper Like You” Tell how you could help out in each situation.

Latter Day Kids “Charity is the Pure Love of Christ” Lesson ideas

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Unity

1 Corinthians 12:12–27.

Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: New Testament 2023 “1 Corinthians 8-13” In Paul’s time, Corinth was a wealthy trade center with residents from all over the Roman Empire. With so many different cultures and religions in the city, Church members in Corinth struggled to maintain unity, so Paul sought to help them find unity in their belief in Christ. This unity was to be more than just peaceful coexistence; Paul wasn’t asking them merely to tolerate each other’s differences. Rather, he taught that when you join the Church of Jesus Christ, you are “baptized into one body,” and every body part is needed (1 Corinthians 12:13). When one member is lost, it’s like losing a limb, and the body is weaker as a result. When one member suffers, we should all feel it and do our part to relieve it. In this kind of unity, differences are not just acknowledged but cherished, because without members of diverse gifts and abilities, the body would be limited. So whether you feel like you’ve always been at home in the Church or find yourself wondering if you truly belong, Paul’s message to you is that unity is not sameness. You need your fellow Saints, and your fellow Saints need you.

Paul’s analogy of a body could be a memorable way to discuss family unity. For example, family members could try drawing a body made only of eyes or ears (see verse 17). What do these verses suggest about how we should treat each other as family members?

New Testament Seminary Student Manual (2023) “1 Corinthians 12” Paul wrote to the Saints in Corinth to help them recognize their need to be unified in Christ. He taught that if all members would recognize and use the spiritual gifts they had received from the Lord, they could be like the many parts of a body working together in unison.

Charity

1 Corinthians 13:4–8.

Paul’s definition of charity might make an inspiring motto for your family. You could assign each family member to study a phrase in verses 4–8 and teach the rest of the family what it means using definitions, examples, and personal experiences. How is the Savior an example of these attributes? You could also make posters together for each of these phrases and display them throughout your house. Be creative!

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

The Red Crystal

Come Follow Me with Living Scriptures “Unity and Love” Lesson ideas

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