Teaching Helps for Come Follow Me – 1 Corinthians 14-16

Here are some ideas for learning and teaching a few of the great principles in 1 Corinthians 14-16. And while you’re here, I recommend you check out my free online course, “Seeking Jesus.”

Videos for 1 Corinthians

If you’re looking for a short video to introduce baptism to the dead, I recommend this one, produced by the church. If you’re interested in more details about the development of baptism for the day, try this one by Tyler Griffin.

The Bible Project videos do a great job of helping us understand the big picture of 1 Corinthians. Watch here.

Ideas for Learning More About 1 Corinthians 14-16

***The First Baptism for the Dead***

Have you seen Anthony Sweat’s painting of the first baptism for the dead? It’s a beautiful painting and tells a very interesting story. You can see the painting and read the story here.

Do you want a deeper dive into what scholars have written about baptism for the dead? This article might be a good place to start: “Theological Underpinnings of Baptism for the Dead,” by David L. Paulsen, Roger D. Cook, Brock M. Mason.

***The Most Important Thing***

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul begins saying, “For I delivered unto you first [meaning first in importance] of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” This reminds me of Joseph Smith’s statement: “The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it.”

1 Corinthians 15 is a great time to focus on Christ’s resurrection and it’s central importance in our lives. It’s powerful to read on its own; in addition, I want to recommend some music that has helped me feel the power of Christ’s resurrection–music some of which is based on words from 1 Corinthians 15.

“Christ is Risen” by Matt Maher

“Alive,” by Natalie Grant

***Additional Resources***

Paul makes some statements about women that are somewhat confusing. Sherrie Mills Johnson’s article, Paul’s Teachings in 1 Corinthians on Women can help us make sense of them.

It’s important to remember that Corinth was a Greco-Roman city. Learning about elements of its culture and greatly assist us in understanding Paul’s epistle to the Corinthians. Eric D. Huntsman’s article, “”The Wisdom of Men”: Greek Philosophy, Corinthian Behavior, and the Teachings of Paul” is helpful in this regard.


I hope these resources are helpful to you in your learning and teaching this week!

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