“August 12–18. Romans 7–16: ‘Overcome Evil with Good’” Come, Follow Me—For Sunday School: New Testament 2019 (2019)
“August 12–18. Romans 7–16,” Come, Follow Me—For Sunday School: 2019
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Class members should feel free to share anything that inspired them in their personal or family study, but sometimes it helps to ask for thoughts about something specific. For example, you could read Romans 10:17 and 15:4 and ask them to share scriptures that build their faith or give them hope.
As Latter-day Saints, we believe that phrases such as “heirs of God” and “joint-heirs with Christ” mean that with Jesus Christ’s help, we can become like Heavenly Father and receive all He has (Romans 8:17; see also D&C 132:19–20). To help class members see how this doctrine is taught throughout the scriptures, you could invite half of the class to study some of the Bible verses listed in “Additional Resources” and the other half to study verses from latter-day scripture, also in “Additional Resources.” Then class members could teach each other what they have learned. Give them time to discuss why this doctrine is so important. For example, what difference does it make in our lives to know that we can become “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ”? (Romans 8:17).
Remembering that eternal blessings await the faithful can help us when we face temptation or trials (see Romans 8:18). A simple way to illustrate this principle could be to draw a balance on the board; ask class members to list on one side some trials people may face. Then they could search some of the scriptures in “Additional Resources” and list on the other side of the balance descriptions of eternal blessings that come to those who face their trials faithfully. How do the trials compare with the promised blessings? What would we say to someone who asked us if it is worth it to be faithful to the Lord’s commandments?
The analogy given by Elder Dallin H. Oaks in “Additional Resources” could help class members discuss how we can prepare to become “heirs of God” (Romans 8:17). What are some of the “laws and principles” Elder Oaks refers to?
Discussing Romans 8 together could provide an opportunity to help class members feel the Savior’s love. Consider displaying the full-page image in this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families or another picture of Jesus Christ while you read Romans 8:18, 28, 31–39 as a class. What thoughts or feelings do class members have after reading these verses? You might invite a few class members to share how they have gained testimonies of the truths they find in these verses. You might also sing a hymn as a class (or ask someone to perform a musical number) about the love of God and Jesus Christ, such as “God Loved Us, So He Sent His Son” or “I Stand All Amazed” (Hymns, nos. 187, 193). What words or phrases from these songs help class members feel the love of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ?
To help class members see how all commandments are “briefly comprehended in” the commandment to love thy neighbor (Romans 13:9), invite them to make a list on the board of all the commandments they can think of. Read together Romans 13:8–10 and Matthew 22:36–40, and discuss as a class the relationship between loving God and our neighbor and obeying each of the commandments listed on the board. How does this truth change the way we think about commandments and obedience?
To give some context to Romans 14, you might point out that some of the Roman Saints disputed with each other about different eating habits, holiday observances, and other cultural practices. What similar situations do we face today? Perhaps class members could scan Romans 14 and give a one-sentence summary of Paul’s counsel. What advice can we share with each other about how to avoid being judgmental? The statement by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf in “Additional Resources” can help.
To inspire class members to read 1 Corinthians 1–7, you could tell them that it contains Paul’s counsel to members living in what was known as one of the ancient world’s most immoral and idolatrous cities.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks related the following parable:
“A wealthy father knew that if he were to bestow his wealth upon a child who had not yet developed the needed wisdom and stature, the inheritance would probably be wasted. The father said to his child:
“‘All that I have I desire to give you—not only my wealth, but also my position and standing among men. That which I have I can easily give you, but that which I am you must obtain for yourself. You will qualify for your inheritance by learning what I have learned and by living as I have lived. I will give you the laws and principles by which I have acquired my wisdom and stature. Follow my example, mastering as I have mastered, and you will become as I am, and all that I have will be yours’” (“The Challenge to Become,” Ensign, Nov. 2000, 32).
“Latter-day Saints see all people as children of God in a full and complete sense; they consider every person divine in origin, nature, and potential. … Just as a child can develop the attributes of his or her parents over time, the divine nature that humans inherit can be developed to become like their Heavenly Father’s. … Men and women have the potential to be exalted to a state of godliness” (“Becoming Like God,” Gospel Topics, topics.lds.org).
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf taught:
“This topic of judging others could actually be taught in a two-word sermon. When it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges, or wanting to cause harm, please apply the following:
“It’s that simple. We simply have to stop judging others and replace judgmental thoughts and feelings with a heart full of love for God and His children. God is our Father. We are His children. We are all brothers and sisters. … A bumper sticker I recently saw … was attached to the back of a car whose driver appeared to be a little rough around the edges, but the words on the sticker taught an insightful lesson. It read, ‘Don’t judge me because I sin differently than you’” (“The Merciful Obtain Mercy,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2012, 75).