Thursday, December 18

The one trusting in his riches—he himself will fall.—Prov. 11:28.

When we put first “the kingdom and his righteousness,” Jehovah blesses our balanced efforts to obtain life’s necessities. (Matt. 6:33; Eph. 4:28) He does not want us to be falling asleep during meetings because of overwork or to be sitting in the Kingdom Hall worrying about money. Yet, many in the world around us believe that only by devoting themselves to making money can they have a secure future and take it easy later in life. They often push their children toward the same materialistic goal. Jesus showed that such thinking is unreasonable. (Luke 12:15-21) This may remind us of Gehazi, who thought he could indulge his greed while still maintaining his good standing with Jehovah. (2 Ki. 5:20-27) Resting our hope on our savings, investments, or ability to earn money in this system amounts to resting our hope on “the god of this system,” Satan.—2 Cor. 4:4; 1 Tim. 6:17. w13 1/15 3:13, 15

WEEK STARTING DECEMBER 15

Song 1 and Prayer

Congregation Bible Study:

Theocratic Ministry School:

Bible reading: Joshua 6-8 (10 min.)

No. 1: Joshua 8:18-29 (4 min. or less)

No. 2: What Gives Evidence That a Person Has Holy Spirit?—rs p. 381 ¶3–p. 382 ¶1 (5 min.)

No. 3: Adversary—The Most Wicked Adversary of All Is Satan the Devil—it-1 p. 54 (5 min.)

Service Meeting:

Monthly Theme: Send out “good things” out of the good treasure entrusted to us.—Matt. 12:35a.

15 min:Conducting Effective Bible Studies.” Questions and answers. After considering paragraph 3, have a two-part demonstration showing a publisher and a Bible student discussing paragraph 8 in chapter 15 of the Bible Teach book. In the first demonstration, the publisher talks too much. In the second, the publisher asks viewpoint questions to help him discern the student’s thinking.

15 min: A Tool to Help You Prepare to Conduct Bible Studies. Discussion. Draw the attention of the audience to the section of jw.org entitled “What Does the Bible Teach?” (Look under BIBLE TEACHINGS > TEENAGERS.) Discuss how this material can be used to help us conduct effective Bible studies with young people as well as with older ones. How can the questions raised on these work sheets help us reach the student’s heart? Include a soliloquy of a publisher using one of these work sheets to help him think about the needs of his student and prepare effective questions. Conclude by encouraging the audience to become better teachers by endeavoring to reach their students’ hearts by using the good things we have to help others.—Prov. 20:5.

Song 99 and Prayer