Monday, December 22
The heart is more treacherous than anything else and is desperate. Who can know it?—Jer. 17:9.
Two matters of vital concern are our attitude toward sex and our view of marriage. Those who are not yet citizens of God’s Kingdom may condone homosexuality, consider pornography to be harmless fun, and think that adultery and divorce are purely personal matters. Kingdom citizens have abandoned such shortsighted, self-centered attitudes. Although many Christians formerly had an immoral lifestyle, they now view sex and marriage as gifts from God. They treasure Jehovah’s high standards and wholeheartedly agree that those who continue to engage in sexual misconduct are not worthy of being Kingdom citizens. (1 Cor. 6:9-11) However, they also recognize that the heart is treacherous. So they appreciate receiving specific warnings that help them to maintain high moral standards. w12 8/15 2:9
WEEK STARTING DECEMBER 22
Song 15 and Prayer
□ Congregation Bible Study:
□ Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: Joshua 9-11 (10 min.)
No. 1: Joshua 9:16-27 (4 min. or less)
No. 2: There Is No Spirit Part of Man That Survives Death—rs p. 382 ¶5–p. 383 ¶2 (5 min.)
No. 3: Affection—Maintain a Warm Personal Attachment to Jehovah and to Those Who Love Him—it-1 p. 55 (5 min.)
□ Service Meeting:
Monthly Theme: Send out “good things” out of the good treasure entrusted to us.—Matt. 12:35a.
5 min: Local needs.
25 min: “2015 Theocratic Ministry School Helps Us Improve Our Teaching.” Discussion by the Theocratic Ministry School overseer. The school overseer may choose to have certain paragraphs read before considering them. Emphasize the changes to Assignment No. 1, the timing for the Bible Highlights, and the counsel by the school overseer. Have paragraph 7 read, and after discussing it, have a model demonstration of an elder conducting a family study with his wife and child, using the material on page 18 of the New World Translation. Encourage all to take full advantage of the excellent theocratic training provided in the school and to make good use of the textbook Benefit From Theocratic Ministry School Education.
Song 117 and Prayer