Tuesday, September 2

You yourselves will become to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.—Ex. 19:6.

Jehovah began to fulfill his side of the Law covenant by arranging for a tent of worship and a priesthood that made it possible for sinful humans to approach him. Israel, on the other hand, quickly forgot their dedication to God and “pained even the Holy One of Israel.” (Ps. 78:41) For example, while Moses was busy receiving further instructions on Mount Sinai, the Israelites became impatient and began to lose faith in God, thinking that Moses had deserted them. So they made a golden image of a calf and said to the people: “This is your God, O Israel, who led you up out of the land of Egypt.” (Ex. 32:1, 4) Then they held what they called “a festival to Jehovah” and bowed down and sacrificed to their man-made image. Upon seeing that, Jehovah told Moses: “They have turned aside in a hurry from the way I have commanded them to go.”—Ex. 32:5, 6, 8. w12 10/15 3:10, 12

WEEK STARTING SEPTEMBER 1

Song 46 and Prayer

Congregation Bible Study:

Theocratic Ministry School:

Bible reading: Numbers 17-21 (10 min.)

No. 1: Numbers 17:1-13 (4 min. or less)

No. 2: How We Know That There Really Is a Devil—rs p. 361 ¶2–p. 362 ¶2 (5 min.)

No. 3: Acts of Apostles—The Accuracy of the Book of Acts—it-1 p. 43 ¶3–p. 44 ¶2 (5 min.)

Service Meeting:

10 min: Offer the Magazines During September. Discussion. Start by demonstrating how the magazines may be offered using the sample presentations on this page. Then analyze each sample presentation from beginning to end.

10 min: How Did We Do? Discussion. Invite publishers to comment on how they benefited from the part “Improving Our Skills in the Ministry—Confidently Speaking Up About the Kingdom.” Ask the audience to relate personal experiences about the challenges of speaking up about the Kingdom. How were they able to overcome such challenges?

10 min: Report on Our Special Campaign. Talk by the service overseer. Summarize main points from this issue of Our Kingdom Ministry concerning the need to continue advertising the Kingdom. How did the congregation respond to this direction? What were some of the highlights of the work accomplished during the campaign?

Song 45 and Prayer