Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Self Portrait as the Apostle Paul, (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons.


Acts 16

For Younger Missionaries


  • Although the new Christians didn’t practice circumcision, Paul had Timotheus become circumcised. Why would he do that and what can we learn from his example?
  • Paul was guided by the Spirit to know when, where and what he should and shouldn’t preach—but he usually had to actually go into the city and encounter the people before that inspiration would come. How does that apply to us?
  • What do we learn about missionary work from Paul’s kindness and consideration (even in the face of torture and depravation)?
  • How did Paul benefit from the work of new converts in advancing his mission?


It was the Apostle Paul who said, “But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way” (1 Cor. 12:31).

Why should we all seek to pursue “a more excellent way,” and what does it mean? Finding “a more excellent way” means being totally converted to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and doing all that we can to fulfill those covenants we make in becoming His disciples….


  • The feeling of closeness to God they wanted to experience that they could see in the lives of Mormons they knew.
  • Happiness and a sense of peace, which they wanted and which they saw in the lives of Mormons they knew.
  • They wanted a better sense of purposefulness and direction in their lives. They tended to see this in Mormons they knew.

Being converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ means to walk in a newness of life. It means learning to yield to the Spirit and responding to the things that the Lord expects us to respond to. It means caring for and serving others with deep, considerate feelings rather than pursuing the natural desires of our own lives. In our day and time there has been a great tendency to shrug off the things of the Spirit as we become more and more involved in worldly things. We seem to be living in a world where people give little thought to others, as they are busily caring for their own needs. As followers of Christ, we must live outside ourselves and lose ourselves in service to others….

It was the great Apostle Paul who said, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).

To find that “more excellent way,” brothers and sisters, we must cast aside our old selves and our old habits and ways of thinking. We must first recognize how we should change, and then we must make those changes, thus putting on the new and beginning to live as we have never lived before—walking in a newness of life.

The Apostle Paul also said, speaking of our relationship to the Lord, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6:4).

Throughout the world I personally have witnessed man’s great tendency to think of himself without consideration of others. I believe with all my heart that we cannot come unto Christ unless we put on “a newness of life” in caring for those we love, in sharing the gospel, in keeping the commandments, and in honoring the covenants we have made. These are the things we must do now and better than we have ever done them before (Robert E. Sackley, “A More Excellent Way,” Ensign, Nov. 1988).


Paul—A Chosen Vessel


Paul and Silas in Prison


  • Why did Paul and Silas cast the evil spirit out of the girl? Do you think they had compassion on her?
  • How did Paul and Silas use their punishment as a missionary opportunity?
  • Does doing missionary work guaranty that nothing painful will ever happen to us–or that we will be blessed even through difficult and unpleasant experiences?


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