Monday, February 23, 2015

Jesus the Christ: A Family Study - Lesson 1: Introduction

Jesus the Christ by Del Parson
Hi, Christian Friends! This is the first part in a weekly series. Jesus the Christ was written by James E. Talmage in 1915 as an assignment from the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is epic in scope covering Christ's life from the pre-mortal life before the world was to His Second Coming. 

The book is free to read or listen to on The audio is even available for download.

It is my goal this year to know Christ better and help my family do so as well. I hope you will come along with me in this journey. Even though Jesus the Christ is an LDS text, there is much that other Christian denominations will find enlightening and enriching. My desire is to make this study easy for families to do. The book is over 700 pages long and written in a style that can be hard to understand at times being from the early 20th century. Therefore, I will break it down - sometimes into paragraphs - with accompanying scriptures and quotes that will make it easier to discuss and understand. I will be using the KJV of the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price which make up the standard works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. So whether or not you are a Mormon like me, please join me as we learn more about our Savior.

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In addition to the actual lesson, I hope to have an activity or object lesson that can be done afterward. All the lessons will be on google docs for downloading and printing as well.

Jesus the Christ: A Family Study - Lesson One

Let's learn about the author, James E. Talmage through his testimony.

Jesus the Christ: Lesson 1
·         Testimony of Elder Talmage:
o    “Soon after my years had filled the allotted number, I was baptized by my father, who was an Elder in the Church. Jeers from schoolmates and scoffs from neighbors came to me as a matter of course. Our family being alone in the professions of the gospel there, to me it seemed that we had always been the recipients of such unkind attentions, which however served to strengthen my faith.”
§  How can the scoffs and unkindness of peers and neighbors serve to strengthen a testimony?
§  Have you ever had someone make fun of you or be mean to you because of your beliefs?
§  What did Christ tell us to do for our enemies? Matthew 5:44
§  Read “Christian Courage: The Price of Discipleship” by Elder Robert D. Hales
o    “My testimony of this work dates back to the limits of my earliest memories. Since reaching the years that bring with them the powers of judgment, I have never been without an assurance of the divinity of this cause, and therefore I claim no honor for having gained such knowledge. I regard it as the greatest gift of God to me on earth; for though it is a natural endowment, I am none the less certain of its divine origin.”
§  What do you think is a spiritual gift given to you by God?
·         1 Corinthians 12
·         Moroni 10:8-17
·         Doctrine and Covenants 46:8-26
§  Elder Talmage always had a testimony of the divinity of the Gospel. How would you know it’s a gift from God if you’ve always had it?
·         Moroni 10:18
·         Moroni 7:16
·         Ephesians 2:10
o    “Do not conclude that my faith has never been assailed. I call to mind many periods of sore temptation and trial, when snares of the wily adversary have been set with alluring baits of mis-called science, and that which men style wisdom. Sophistry, doubt, and the craft of misbelief have surged in threatening torrents about the delicate roots of the feeble plant of my faith; yet, through the protecting care of the All Merciful, these dark rivers have been made to yield nutriment and impart strength to the rising stem and its sprouting branches.”
§  Elder Talmage was a scientist and teacher by occupation. How do you think his faith was tested in his job as a scientist?
§  Alma 32:28-43 – Elder Talmage compared his faith to a feeble plant. What does the Book of Mormon prophet, Alma, teach us about nourishing our faith? What does the parable of the sower teach us? Matthew 13
o    “By prayer and works I may hope for the continued support of Him who is the source of my testimony and the author of my life – our Father.” (James E. Talmage, “How I Gained My Testimony of the Truth,” Young Woman’s Journal [March 1893], 258-259.)
§  How did Elder Talmage hope to gain God’s support? Can we do the same?
Activity: Testimony Glove

This activity can be done in a few ways. You can print the activity from the link above or you can choose one of the two images below to print. The first has the hand done for you. The second is a more hands-on approach for you to cut out and put together. Alternatively, you can trace your hand or your child’s hand then have them glue the images on the fingertips. If you are not LDS, feel free to insert your own images and 5 parts to a testimony. If you decide to modify it, I would love to know what you did!

This is my hand. My ring is a symbol of my faith I wear always. The CTR stands for Choose the Right. They come in all sorts of designs. Google CTR rings if you are interested. I love it!

For more Jesus the Christ lessons, see these:

Lesson 2: The Meaning Behind the Name

Lesson 3: The Divinity of Jesus Christ

Lesson 4: The Reckoning of History

Lesson 5: Despised Among Men

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  1. Found your post on The Art of Homemaking. I picked up my copy of Jesus the Christ the past Christmas to study his life and teachings more in depth. I am only in chapter 3 at the moment though and needed a little boost to get me going again. Thanks for the post and for your study helps, I will definitely be joining you on the journey!

  2. nicely done! I am not familiar with the text. I feel compelled to go read about it further. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks April! I hope you enjoy it and study along with me!

  3. I must admit that I haven't read Jesus the Christ, but I want to. I will have to get out my copy and begin. Thanks for the motivation!

  4. Thank you for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  5. Hi, Heaven Smiling. I am totally impressed with the skill of your writing. I am so glad you came across my website!!!! You have a clear, analytical mind that can reduce sometimes unclear words down to a few basic truths; that's an art inaccessible to many. Congratulations!!!

    1. Thank you, Traci! You really made my day. Not too many people have commented on my writing skills. I'm glad I found you too!