This week’s readings: Acts 10–15
Don’t forget to record your impressions and read the ideas outlined in the new Come, Follow Me manuals on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
This week’s scriptural insight comes from Verse by Verse: Volume 2 by Andrew C. Skinner and D. Kelly Ogden.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread is a week-long festive occasion, beginning with Passover Day. Use of the word Easter in Acts chapter 12 is an anachronism; the Greek is pascha from the Hebrew pesach, which means “Passover.” Christians made Passover into a commemoration of the resurrection.
These ideas and topics are compiled from Come, Follow Me and have been adapted for specific situations. Check out the manuals online for more ideas, or come up with your own as you study!
This week’s readings relate the story of Peter receiving revelation a little bit at a time through a dream. Perhaps this week as you study, you can take some time to ponder and share with each other (if appropriate) revelation that you have personally or as a couple received in the past. How did the revelation come? What was the instruction? Did you act on it? As you think about these past experiences this week and discuss them with each other, you might focus on preparing to receive revelation that you need and on making sure that you seek for more even after you have received a little. See Elder Richard G. Scott’s 2009 conference talk “To Acquire Spiritual Guidance” for some extra insight into receiving revelation line upon line.
The phrase “respecter of persons” is particularly applicable to this week’s study. As you study alone or with others this week, you might consider thinking of some people in your life whom you might have misjudged. As you do so, try writing down how you think the Lord sees this person if He is “no respecter of persons.” You could also focus on repeating to yourself “[Name] is a child of God” as you interact with others this week. At the end of the week, evaluate how it changed the way you thought about and interacted with others.
For families with young children:
As your family studies the book of Acts this week, it might be a good opportunity to talk about what it means to be Christian. You could display a picture of Jesus Christ and explain that Christians believe in Jesus Christ. Depending on the age of your children, you might also talk about where the nickname “Mormon” came from and why the prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, has asked us to use the full name of the Church.
For families with teens:
There are many teachings on revelation and receiving answers to prayers and questions in this week’s chapters. As you study together this week, consider sharing with each other a question that you have about a gospel principle or recent policy change. Then you can spend some time searching together in the scriptures and through prayer for an answer to that question.
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