Saturday, November 22
You know neither the day nor the hour.—Matt. 25:13.
Our not knowing when the end will arrive allows us to reveal what is really in our heart. In fact, not knowing dignifies us, allowing us to use our free will in manifesting our loyalty to Jehovah. Although we look forward to surviving the end of this system, we serve Jehovah because we love him, not merely to get life. (Ps. 37:4) We find pleasure in doing his will, and we realize that God is teaching us to benefit ourselves. (Isa. 48:17) Another benefit of our not knowing the day or the hour is that we thus have the opportunity to make Jehovah’s heart glad. When we serve him out of love—not because of a date or solely because of a reward—we contribute to Jehovah’s answer to the baseless taunts of his adversary, Satan. (Job 2:4, 5; Prov. 27:11) Considering all the pain and sorrow that the Devil has caused, we gladly stand up for Jehovah’s sovereignty and reject Satan’s wicked rule. w12 9/15 4:5, 6
WEEK STARTING NOVEMBER 17
Song 26 and Prayer
□ Congregation Bible Study:
cl chap. 16 ¶1-9 (30 min.)
□ Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: Deuteronomy 23-27 (10 min.)
No. 1: Deuteronomy 25:17–26:10 (4 min. or less)
No. 2: What the Bible Says About the Soul—rs p. 375 ¶4–p. 376 ¶4 (5 min.)
No. 3: Adornment—Adornment as Described in the Scriptures—it-1 p. 51 ¶4-7 (5 min.)
□ Service Meeting:
10 min: What’s a Real Friend? Discussion based on the whiteboard animation What’s a Real Friend? (Go to jw.org, and look under BIBLE TEACHINGS > TEENAGERS.) Begin by playing the video for the audience. Afterward, use these questions as the basis for the discussion: (1) What is a real friend? (2) What should you look for in a potential friend? (3) How can you find a good friend? (4) What kind of effort do you need to put forth to make your friendships grow?
10 min: Love Identifies Us. (John 13:35) Discussion based on the 2014 Yearbook, page 48, paragraph 1, to page 49, paragraph 3; and page 69, paragraph 1, to page 70, paragraph 2. Invite audience to comment on the lessons learned.
10 min: “An Exciting and Fresh Approach to Public Witnessing.” Questions and answers. If the congregation has areas of high pedestrian traffic, interview the service overseer regarding local arrangements for public witnessing and invite the audience to relate experiences.
Song 92 and Prayer