Gospel Principles 11: The Life of Christ
by Kelly Ann
Here are my thoughts on the various sections – mostly questions to lead class discussion as this topic is something people generally know more about. I would focus on different sections and/or questions depending on the class as it is a lot of material. I hope the teachers find this useful and please share your ideas below in the comment section.
The Life of Christ Was Predicted Long before His Birth
What are some of the prophecies about Jesus Christ? (Isaiah 53:3–5, 7; Mosiah 3:5–8). How do the prophecies differ between the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon? Why was it so important for the life of Christ be predicted long before his birth? What would have happened if Christ had not fulfilled the prophecies?
He Was the Only Begotten of the Father
Why is it important that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? What qualities did he inherit from each of his parents? What role did his mother play in his life?
He Led a Perfect Life
What can we learn from the Savior’s life? What can we learn from his childhood? How did he mature? (Luke 2:40; D&C 93:12–14). How was he received? (Luke 2:47). What was his relationship like with his father? (John 8:28–29). How did he start his mission? Why was he baptized? What can we learn from his sojourn in the wilderness? What can we learn from his temptations by the devil? (Matthew 4:1–11). Why is it important that he did not sin? (Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:21–22). Which accounts from the Savior’s life are especially meaningful to you?
He Taught Us How to Love and Serve One Another
How did the Savior teach us to love God and how to love and serve one another? How can we apply his miraculous acts of service to our lives? (Matthew 14:14–21) How can we meet both people’s physical and spiritual needs as he did? In what ways is service obligatory? How did Christ serve those who did not respect him? (Luke 23:34). How can we love those who sin against us? In what ways can we show the Lord that we love Him?
He Organized the Only True Church
What was the purpose of the early church? Why did Christ ordain Apostles? What was the role of women in the early church?
He Redeemed Us from Our Sins and Saved Us from Death
How did Jesus Christ suffer for our sins? What is the significance of the garden of Gethsemane? Why did he have to do it alone? (Matthew 26:39). Why do you think no one witnessed the atonement but many witnessed the crucifixion? What can we learn from people’s accounts of Christ’s suffering on the cross? How do you think his disciples felt to discover the empty tomb? How did he bless the people in the Old World and the Americas afterwards?
His Sacrifice Showed His Love for His Father and for Us
What can we learn from the Savior’s sacrifice? How do we internalize the pain and sacrifice that he made? What does his life and death mean to you? How can we show our love to God?
And here’s Caroline’s suggestion from a couple days ago…
What is your favorite Jesus story in the New Testament and why? I would then talk about my favorite story – that of the bent over woman in Luke whom Jesus sees suffering, reaches out toward with love and compassion, and cures, saying, “Woman you are freed!” despite the disapproval of the others because it was the Sabbath. I love that phrase, “Woman you are freed!” because it’s so appropriate for this new religious movement that sees every human being as worthy of love, attention, and concern, no matter their race, sex, or class. By the end of the story, she is standing up straight, raising her eyes to God and prophesying, and the synagogue leader is cast down and shamed.
Please share your ideas. Which sections of the lesson stood out to you? What are the most inspiring ideas and stories and discussions you’d like to share and have during your lesson?
Note: This lesson was originally written for the Relief Society audience in 2010-2011, when the Gospel Principles manual was temporarily used as curriculum for Relief Society, Elders Quorum and High Priest classes. The lesson may require adaptation for Gospel Principles classes, which are mixed gender and primarily serve new members and investigators of the church.