2 Corinthians 1–7 – Teaching Children the Gospel

2 Corinthians CHAPTER 1 God comforts and cares for His Saints—The Saints are sealed and given assurance by the Spirit in their hearts.

2 Corinthians CHAPTER 2 Saints should love and forgive one another—They always triumph in Christ.

2 Corinthians CHAPTER 3 The gospel surpasses the law of Moses—Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

2 Corinthians CHAPTER 4 Gospel light shines on the Saints—Mortal trials are nothing as contrasted with eternal glory.

2 Corinthians CHAPTER 5 Saints walk by faith and seek tabernacles of immortal glory—The gospel reconciles man to God—God’s ministers carry the word of reconciliation to the world.

2 Corinthians CHAPTER 6 Now is the day of salvation—God’s ministers must walk uprightly and bear all things—Saints should not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.

2 Corinthians CHAPTER 7 Godly sorrow for sin leads to repentance—The sorrow of the world leads to death.

Heavenly Father comforts me, and I can comfort others. (Jr)

2 Corinthians 1:3–4

Show the children some things that provide comfort, such as a blanket or bandage. Ask the children what comforts them when they are sad or afraid or have other problems. Read 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 with the children, and explain that “tribulation” is another word for really hard problems. Share some ways Heavenly Father has comforted you, and testify that He will comfort the children as well. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “2 Corinthians 1-7” )

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Friend March 2019 “Missing Mom and Dad” Dylan’s mom and dad were going on a trip, and he was going to stay with his grandparents. He loved staying with his grandparents, but for some reason he was scared about being away from his mom and dad for so long. He decided to pray for help, and he received comforting thoughts and feelings.

Show pictures of people being baptized (see Gospel Art Book, nos. 103–4) while you read 2 Corinthians 1:4 to the children. Explain that when we are baptized, we promise to comfort others. How can we follow Paul’s counsel to “comfort them which are in any trouble”? (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “2 Corinthians 1-7” )

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Heavenly Father comforts me, and I can comfort others. (Sr)

We all experience heartache and sorrow, setbacks and obstacles, and discomfort and sickness. When the people of Corinth experienced hardship, Paul wrote to Church members there to offer continued support and counsel. He testified of the comfort and peace available to them through Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ (see 2 Corinthians 1:3–4). This lesson can help you to understand some of the ways God provides comfort to His children and to identify ways in which you can share His comfort with others. (New Testament Seminary Student Manual (2023) “2 Corinthians 1; 4”)

2 Corinthians 1:3–4

As you read 2 Corinthians 1:3–4, ask the children to listen for an answer to the question “What does God do for us?” Help the children list ways in which God comforts us. Invite the children to share experiences when they were sad or worried or afraid and God comforted them. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “2 Corinthians 1-7” )

He gives us thoughts in our mind and feelings in our heart through the Holy Ghost.

  1. A feeling that Heavenly Father and Jesus loves us.
  2. A feeling of comfort when we are sad or lonely
  3. A good feeling when we hear beautiful music or see inspiring art
  4. A peaceful feeling that everything is going to be okay.

  • He also sends people to help and comfort us.
  • God’s words, such as in the Scriptures, can also touch our hearts and help comfort us.

Invite the children to share ways we can keep our baptismal covenant to comfort others (see Mosiah 18:9). Give them time to think of someone they know who needs comfort and make a plan to reach out to that person. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “2 Corinthians 1-7” )

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I can forgive others. (Jr)

2 Corinthians 2:7–8, 10

Explain to the children that Paul wanted the Corinthian Saints to forgive a man who had sinned. Read 2 Corinthians 2:7–8, 10, and invite the children to place their hands over their hearts every time they hear the words forgive and forgave. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “2 Corinthians 1-7” )

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Invite the children to role-play how they could respond in situations when someone has done something unkind. Let them take turns saying “I’m sorry” and “I forgive you.” How do we help people know that we forgive them? Explain that one way might be to “confirm your love,” or show love to them (2 Corinthians 2:8). (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “2 Corinthians 1-7” )

  • Someone hit you and pushed you down.
  • Someone won’t let you play a game.
  • Someone broke something of yours.
  • Someone called you an unkind name.
  • Someone took what you were playing with and won’t share it.

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Friend September 2022 “Matt and Mandy” Mandy is about to score her first goal and is knocked over by a player.

Friend April 2019 “A New Block Tower” Mason accidentally knocks down Bo’s block tower. Mason says sorry and offers to help build another one. Bo forgives him, and they both are happy.

Friend August 2015 “You Can Repent and Forgive”

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I can forgive others. (Sr)

2 Corinthians 2:5–11

Tell the children that someone in Corinth had sinned and “caused grief” for the Saints (see 2 Corinthians 2:5). Ask the children to search 2 Corinthians 2:7–8 to find what Paul wanted the Saints to do. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “2 Corinthians 1-7” )

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Share an experience when you forgave someone—or someone forgave you—and explain how you felt afterward. Or share the video “The Goal: A Story of Faith, Friendship and Forgiveness” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Invite the children to share their experiences with forgiveness. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “2 Corinthians 1-7” )

See additional stories in the above section “I can forgive others. (Jr)”


2 Corinthians 3:1–3.

Have members of your family ever asked someone to write a letter of recommendation for them, such as for a job or school application? Ask them to talk about this experience. Paul taught that the lives of the Saints were like letters of recommendation for the gospel of Jesus Christ, “written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God.” As you read 2 Corinthians 3:1–3 together, discuss how our examples are like letters that can be “known and read of all men,” demonstrating the truth and worth of the gospel. Perhaps each family member could write a letter or “epistle” explaining how another family member has been a good example of a disciple of Jesus Christ. They could read their letters to the family and give them to the family member they wrote about. Why is it important to understand that our lives are “epistle[s] of Christ”? (Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: New Testament 2023 “2 Corinthians 1-7)

I believe in being honest. (Jr)

2 Corinthians 4:1–2

Help the children memorize the phrase “We believe in being honest” (Articles of Faith 1:13). Write this phrase on paper bracelets the children can decorate and wear. Explain that being honest includes telling the truth. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “2 Corinthians 1-7” )

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Ask the children to raise their hands when you say something that is true and lower them when you say something that is not true. Make simple but obvious statements, such as “Today is Sunday” or “I have three noses.” Repeat the activity a few times, letting the children take turns being the one who makes true and false statements. Why does Heavenly Father want us to tell the truth? (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “2 Corinthians 1-7” )

OR, use paper-bag puppets to say the true or not true things. Ask the children to stand up if the person was being honest or sit on the floor if the person was being dishonest. Help the children understand why it is important to be honest. (Children could take a turn with the puppets saying something true or not true with them.)

The sites below have free printable cutouts to help make paper bag people.

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Friend September 2019 “Making Things Right” After shopping, a boy’s mother notices that the cashier didn’t charge them for all their items. She decides to go back and fix it. The boy wonders why they have to go back since it wasn’t their mistake. His mom explains that being honest matters to Heavenly Father and it might matter to someone else. When they get back to the store they find out that the cashier would have had to pay for the mistake.

Show the video “A Visit with Elder Ulisses Soares” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org). What did young Elder Soares learn about honesty? Encourage the children to prepare for their baptismal covenant by being honest. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “2 Corinthians 1-7” )

Friend September 2018 “Family Night Fun” The more honest we are, the more others can trust us. Have each family member decorate a clear jar with ribbons, markers, paint, or whatever!
Keep your honesty jars where everyone can see them. Every time you do something honest—like admitting to a mistake or returning a lost toy—add something to the jar.

I “walk by faith, not by sight.” (Sr)

2 Corinthians 5:6–7

Read 2 Corinthians 5:6–7 and Alma 32:21 with the children, and ask them to look for words and phrases that help explain what faith is. Ask them to write down their definitions and share them with each other. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “2 Corinthians 1-7” )

Invite one of the children to close his or her eyes, and ask the other children to give directions to help him or her complete a task such as building a tower with blocks or walking across the room. How does this activity help us understand what it means to “walk by faith” in God? (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “2 Corinthians 1-7” )

What are we doing to show that we believe in the Savior even though we can’t see Him?

Show the video “Reunited by Faith” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org), and ask the children how the young man in the video walked by faith. Share an experience when you walked by faith, and encourage the children to share experiences. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “2 Corinthians 1-7” )

Becoming New Creatures

2 Corinthians 5:17.

Can your family think of or find examples in nature of things that go through remarkable transformations and become new creatures? (see the picture at the end of this outline). How can the gospel of Jesus Christ change us? (Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: New Testament 2023 “2 Corinthians 1-7)

Godly sorrow leads me to repent. (Sr)

Explain that in 2 Corinthians 7:8–10, Paul referred to a letter he had previously written to the Saints, boldly warning them about their sins. Read these verses together. Why was Paul glad that the Saints were sorrowful? Point out that this kind of sorrow is called godly sorrow.

It’s natural to feel ashamed or embarrassed when we are caught doing something wrong. Help the children distinguish these feelings from godly sorrow, which leads to repentance. (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “2 Corinthians 1-7” )

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Worldly sorrow leads us to self loathing, pulls us down, extinguishes hope, and persuades us to give in to further temptation.

 Godly sorrow inspires change and hope through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. When we feel godly sorrow, we recognize our shortcomings and want to do better.

“True repentance is about transformation, not torture or torment. Yes, heartfelt regret and true remorse for disobedience are often painful and very important steps in the sacred process of repentance. But when guilt leads to self-loathing or prevents us from rising up again, it is impeding rather than promoting our repentance.” (Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “You Can Do It Now!,” Liahona, Nov. 2013, 56.)

The Apostle Paul taught, “Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation … but the sorrow of the world worketh death” (2 Corinthians 7:10).

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New Era September 2019 “Godly Sorrow”

Ask the children to think about a time when they did something wrong and felt bad about it. Invite them to ask themselves, “Why did I feel bad?” and then share their answers. Write their answers on the board (for example, “I was afraid I would get in trouble” or “I knew I had disappointed Heavenly Father” or “I made someone cry”). Which of the answers on the board seem like “godly sorrow”? (2 Corinthians 7:10). Why is godly sorrow better than other kinds of sorrow we can feel after doing something wrong? (Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 “2 Corinthians 1-7” )

Start the below video at 1:33. It explains why Godly Sorrow is better than Worldly Sorrow.

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