August 24, 2015

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159: Ye Are the Temple of God (New Testament Lesson 33)

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“Ye Are the Temple of God” What does it mean that we are “the temple of God”? How can the idea of being “not our own” be both positive and negative? This episode explores these issues in the context of 1 Corinthians. Yes, we are our own–but also accountable to something greater. Natasha and Brandon […]

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August 14, 2015

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158: Fruits of the Spirit (New Testament Lesson 32)

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“Live in the Spirit”   You know those times in your life when you just feel your best self? Peaceful, content, loving, kind, grounded. How do we cultivate the fruits of the Spirit? Paul’s fiery letter to the Galatians provides context for this lesson.   Class Member Reading: Acts:18:23-20:38; Galations Additional Reading: Bible Dictionary, “Holy Ghost,” 704; […]

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August 7, 2015

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157: Establishment of the Church (New Testament Lesson 31)

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“And So Were the Churches Established in the Faith”   This lesson covers the first two missions of the Church: perfecting the Saints and proclaiming the gospel. Paul’s preaching and letters provide a model for how to share the gospel and support members of the community. Class Member Reading: Acts 15:36–18:22; 1 and 2 Thessalonians Additional […]

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August 4, 2015

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156: Partiality, God, and Humans (New Testament Lesson 30)

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“God Is No Respecter of Persons” This lesson explores the tension between perspectives divine and human–we learn that God loves all and does not even prefer one group to another (“All are alike unto God”), but humans on the other hand prove profoundly tribal. Peter’s vision prompting the spread of the gospel to the Gentiles […]

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July 25, 2015

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155: Growth of the Church (New Testament Lesson 29)

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“The Number of the Disciples Was Multiplied” This lesson covers the growth of the Jesus Movement (or “Way”) from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth, centering on the surprising conversion of Saul, who would become the Apostle to the Gentiles.   Class Member Reading: Acts 6-9 Additional Reading: Acts 22:1–16; 26:1–5, 9–18 Scripture Chain: Exodus 18:13–26; Acts […]

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July 8, 2015

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154: Witnesses for Christ (New Testament Lesson 28)

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“We Are Witnesses” This mini-episode discusses how we can bear witness of Christ and the gospel effectively, as well as the relationship between apostolic and individual witness. See also the previous episodes on Missionary Work and Jesus’ Apostles.   Class Member Reading: Acts 1 – 5 Additional Reading: Mark 16:19–20; Luke 24:49–53; Joseph Smith—History 1:21–25 Scripture Chain: Acts […]

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July 3, 2015

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153: Resurrection (New Testament Lesson 27)

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“He Is Not Here, for He Is Risen” The resurrection provides a triumphant high note for the gospels and hope in our own lives. This episode discusses each gospel account and how afterlife impacts us while we still live. Jody and Jordan join the class.   Class Member Reading: Matthew 28; Luke 24; John 20-21 Additional […]

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July 1, 2015

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152: Death of Jesus (New Testament Lesson 26)

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“To This End Was I Born” This episode explores the lessons we can learn from Jesus’ death, as well as how we can accept death in a way that enriches life. Jody and Jordan join the class.   Class Member Reading: Matthew 26:47–27:66; Mark 14:43–15:39; Luke 22:47–23:56; John 18–19 Additional Reading: Isaiah 53; Mark 15:39–47; John 3:16; […]

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June 19, 2015

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151: Atonement (New Testament Lesson 25)

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“Not My Will, But Thine, Be Done”   Class Member Reading: Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46 Additional Reading: 2 Nephi 2:5–8; Alma 7:11–14;34:8–16; 42:1–31; Doctrine and Covenants 19:15–24;Bible Dictionary, “Atonement,” 617; “Gethsemane,”680. Scripture Chain: Luke 22:39–44; D&C 19:15–19; Mosiah 3:7, 9; 2 Nephi 9:5–8; Alma 7:11–14; Articles of Faith 1:3 Our lives follow patterns of estrangement and reconciliation as we drift away from our true selves […]

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June 18, 2015

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150: That We May Be One (New Testament Lesson 24)

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“This Is Life Eternal”   Class Member Reading: John 16-17 Additional Reading: John 14:16–31; 15:18–27;3 Nephi 19:19–36; Doctrine and Covenants 132:21–24; Bible Dictionary, “Comforter,” 648; “Holy Ghost,”704. Scripture Chain: John 17:20–26; Philippians 1:27; Mosiah 18:21; 4 Nephi 1:15–17; D&C 35:2; D&C 38:24–27 In these touching chapters, Jesus explains the connection between love and unity. This episode explores the balance of individual growth and unity with others, as […]

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