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Come Follow Me FHE Lesson - The Abrahamic Covenant

Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – The Abrahamic Covenant

The Abrahamic Covenant is in full effect today as it was in Abraham’s time. What role do we play in that covenant? What blessings come from it? How can we take the blessings we have received and use them to bless all nations of the earth as we are directed? Consider how living up to our covenants helps to prepare the earth for the second coming of the Lord.

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Scripture

Genesis 17:7

And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

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The Things I Do| Children’s Songbook, pg. 170

1. I’m much too young to go abroad
To teach and preach the word of God,
But I can show I know it’s true,
Quite simply, by the things I do.

2. The people in my neighborhood
Will judge the gospel bad or good
By how I act at work and play,
And not just on the Sabbath day.

3. I’ll take my friends to church with me,
Where I will act with dignity.
My rev’rence and my happy face
Will tell them it’s a sacred place.

4. In ev’rything I do they’ll see
I am what I profess to be.
Then when the elders find their door,
they’ll say, “Come in and tell us more.”

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Read: Genesis 17:7, found above.

Explain: Abraham loved the Lord and wanted to draw nearer to him. He desired to be “a greater follower of righteousness” (Abraham 1:2). Because he had this righteous desire, the Lord invited him to enter into a covenant with him.

Ask: What first covenant does the Lord invite us to enter into with Him? (Baptism.) What is the agreement or the set of promises we make to the Lord and He makes to us in baptism? (We promise to take His name upon ourselves, always remember Him, keep His commandments, mourn with and comfort those who need comfort, stand as a witness of God at all times, endure to the end. God promises we can have His spirit with us at all times.)

Explain: Our baptismal covenants are personal and relate to how we can personally and individually draw closer to the Lord. As we develop and grow, our responsibility–and our blessings–increase. We enter into further covenants with the Lord to advance our relationship and commitment to the Lord.

Read: “I will bless the . . . and thou shalt be a blessing . . . In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Abraham 12:2-3

Teach: Our baptismal covenants bless us personally and individually. The Abrahamic Covenant has to do with receiving personal blessings, but also about how to help other people receive the blessings that Heavenly Father has for His children. President Russell M. Nelson has taught that part of our responsibility in the Abrahamic Covenant is to “gather scattered Israel.” This means we need to share the gospel, and all the blessings that are available through priesthood ordinances, with all the world.

Video: In what ways does the first family in this video represent living the Abrahamic covenant? Watch here.

Testify: President Nelson said, “Anytime we do anything that helps anyone—on either side of the veil—to make and keep their covenants with God, we are helping to gather Israel.”

Being a part of the Abrahamic covenant means strengthening our family, and then using our blessings to bless others. It means we receive all the blessings Heavenly Father has for us, and then we do our best to offer and share those blessings with others.

Call to Action: How can we help others be blessed? In what ways can our family uplift and help others? In what ways can we help others find the gospel through missionary work and family history work?

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Read: Genesis 17:7, found above.

Explain: The Abrahamic covenant provides blessings, and it also requires that we become a blessing to those around us who haven’t yet received the gospel. As covenant keepers, it is our responsibility to bless “all the families of the earth” (Abraham 2:11).

Video: Taking a piece of paper and pencil, write down what President Faust said we can do to become heirs of the Abrahamic Covenant. What does he say are our obligations as recipients of this covenant? Watch here.

Quote: S. Michael Wilcox summarized the Abrahamic Covenant this way, “In brief, then, through the Abrahamic covenant, the Lord has a message for all of us who have received the gospel and are therefore Abraham’s seed. The message could be said to be: I promise you the blessings of the priesthood that lead to exaltation with eternal increase, but in exchange you must take my gospel to every family in every nation in all the world so that they, too, can receive the same blessings of the priesthood.”

Consider: If someone in the family hasn’t yet received their patriarchal blessing, consider if it may be time to receive it and know from what tribe you receive your covenant.

“Regardless of our race, nationality, or ethnic background, our patriarchal blessings declare that we are of the lineage of Abraham and therefore heirs to all the blessings of the Abrahamic covenant. A patriarchal blessing is a great and remarkable assurance that if we remain faithful, we may receive all the promises made to the great patriarchs of old. It is also encouragement to fulfill the responsibilities that accompany those and associated promises. It is imperative then that we understand the Abrahamic covenant, with its blessings and attendant responsibilities.” – S. Michael Wilcox

Teach and Testify: Participating in the work of gathering scattered Israel is one way we live up to our end of the Abrahamic Covenant. You might say we participate in the Lord’s work (sharing the gospel, doing family history and temple work to help others receive temple ordinances and covenants), and His glory (receiving all He has as His heir).

President Nelson said, “The gospel net to gather scattered Israel is expansive. There is room for each person who will fully embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ. Each convert becomes one of God’s covenant children, whether by birth or by adoption. Each becomes a full heir to all that God has promised the faithful children of Israel!”

May we live worthy of all the privileges God has in store for us as we participate in His work of bringing souls unto Him.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Read: Genesis 17:7

Ponder: The Come, Follow Me manual has added a section called “Thoughts to Keep in Mind” when discussing the Abrahamic covenant. Read that description here.

Watch or Read: President Nelson’s “Let God Prevail” to consider the practical applications of living the Abrahamic covenant in the last days when we are called to gather scattered Israel prior to the Second Coming of the Lord.

Consider and commit: President Nelson asks, “Are you willing to let God prevail in your life? Are you willing to let God be the most important influence in your life? Will you allow His words, His commandments, and His covenants to influence what you do each day? Will you allow His voice to take priority over any other? Are you willing to let whatever He needs you to do take precedence over every other ambition? Are you willing to have your will swallowed up in His?”

How could such a complete willingness to let God prevail make a difference in your life?

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