[Become] examples to the flock.
After admonishing the older men in the congregation not ‘to lord it over those allotted to them,’ the apostle Peter wrote the above. How may an elder be an example to the flock? Consider two of the qualifications that must be met by a man who is “reaching out for an office of overseer.” He needs to be “sound in mind” and must be “presiding over his own household in a fine manner.” If an elder has a family, he must preside over it in an exemplary way, for “if indeed any man does not know how to preside over his own household, how will he take care of God’s congregation?” (1 Tim. 3:1, 2, 4, 5) To qualify for the office of overseer, a man must be sound in mind in that he clearly understands divine principles and knows how to apply them in his own life. He is levelheaded and not hasty in judgment. Seeing these qualities in the elders inspires confidence among congregation members. w13 11/15 5:13
Song 26 and Prayer
Congregation Bible Study:
Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: 2 Chronicles 1-5 (8 min.)
No. 1: 2 Chronicles 3:14–4:6 (3 min. or less)
No. 2: Enoch (No. 2)
No. 3: What Kinds of Baptisms Are There?
Monthly Theme: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God kept making it grow.”
—1 Cor. 3:6.
10 min: “Preparation Needed to Teach With Skill.” Talk.
10 min: Good Conduct Opens the Way to Plant Seeds of Truth. Discussion based on the 2015 Yearbook, page 49, paragraph 3, to page 51, paragraph 3; and page 140, paragraph 3, to page 141, paragraph 3. Invite audience to comment on the lessons learned.
10 min: “Use Features of the Bible Teach Book Effectively.” Discussion. Include a brief demonstration.
Song 123 and Prayer