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

August 7, 2015

Engaging Gospel Doctrine

“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 Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:4–5, 10–13; Bible Dictionary, “Pauline Epistles: Epistles to the Thessalonians,” 743.

Scripture Chain: 1 Thessalonians 2:1–12; 2 Corinthians 4:5; D&C 4:1–7; D&C 38:41; D&C 88:81; D&C 123:12–14


You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF).

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF).



Friendship, A Gospel Principle, Elder Marlin Jensen 

Paul’s Missionary Journeys

The “Ye are gods” poem Paul references 

ESV Study Bible 

Harper Collins Study Bible

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