John 1:1–14; 20:31. The Apostle John testifies that Jesus Christ is “the true Light.” He declares that his purpose in writing his testimony is to help others “believe that Jesus is the Christ.”
Obtain a copy of the New Testament Class Member Study Guide (35682) for each person in your class. (The ward should have ordered these study guides as part of the annual curriculum order. A member of the bishopric should give them to the Sunday School presidency.)
If you use the attention activity, ask a few class members to prepare to read or summarize a favorite passage in the New Testament and to explain briefly why that passage is inspiring or helpful to them.
If the following pictures are available, use them during the lesson: Isaiah Writes of Christ’s Birth (62339; Gospel Art Picture Kit 113) and John Preaching in the Wilderness (62132; Gospel Art Picture Kit 207). If you use the attention activity, also bring several pictures that depict events from the New Testament, such as Christ Healing a Blind Man (62145; Gospel Art Picture Kit 213) and Mary and the Resurrected Lord (62186; Gospel Art Picture Kit 233).
Suggestion for teaching: Encourage class members to complete the assigned reading every week and to come to class prepared to discuss what they have read. This preparation will help fulfill the Lord’s promise that “he that preacheth and he that receiveth [by the Spirit of truth] understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together” (D&C 50:22).
Suggested Lesson Development
Additional Teaching Ideas
The following material supplements the suggested lesson outline. You may want to use one or more of these ideas as part of the lesson.
1. Overview of the New Testament
Invite class members to turn to the Contents page of the Bible and review the names of the 27 books in the New Testament. Explain that the New Testament can be divided into four parts (you may want to list these on the chalkboard):
The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), which are a record and witness of Jesus Christ’s life, mission, and teachings.
The book of Acts, which is an account of the ministry of the Apostles after Jesus’ death and Resurrection. This book focuses on Peter’s work among the Jews and Paul’s work among the Gentiles.
The epistles (letters) of Paul and other Church leaders, written to instruct and edify the Saints of their time.
The Lord’s revelation to the Apostle John on the isle of Patmos.
2. Video presentations
If Family Home Evening Video Supplement 2 (53277) is available, you may want to show the five-minute segment “What Think Ye of Christ?” Use the presentation to introduce the New Testament and to emphasize the importance of having a testimony that Jesus is the Christ.
If New Testament Video Presentations (53914) is available, you may also want to show “The Message of the New Testament,” a two-minute segment.
3. “He … was sent to bear witness of that Light” (John 1:8)