All Scripture is . . . beneficial . . . for setting things straight.
When Jewish religious leaders complained that Jesus was kind to “tax collectors and sinners,” Jesus responded: “Persons in health do not need a physician, but the ailing do. Go, then, and learn what this means, ‘I want mercy, and not sacrifice.’” (Matt. 9:11-13) He patiently and kindly explained God’s words to all. Hence, humble ones came to know Jehovah as “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness and truth.” (Ex. 34:6) In response to the efforts of God’s Son to ‘set things straight,’ many came to have faith in the good news. Jesus’ example teaches us how we should help others. Someone who is upset might say in an abrupt tone, ‘I want to set something straight with you.’ But “all Scripture” does not authorize us to tell others off. Like “the stabs of a sword,” sharp criticism often causes much pain and seldom brings any benefits.
Song 94 and Prayer
Congregation Bible Study:
Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: 2 Chronicles 6-9 (8 min.)
No. 1: 2 Chronicles 6:22-27 (3 min. or less)
No. 2: How Serious Is Brazen Conduct?
No. 3: Epaphras
Monthly Theme: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God kept making it grow.”
—1 Cor. 3:6.
10 min: Offer the Magazines During December. Discussion. Start by having a demonstration, using the two sample presentations provided. Then analyze the presentations from beginning to end.
10 min: Local needs.
10 min: How Did We Do? Discussion. Invite publishers to comment on how they benefited by applying points from the article “Improving Our Skills in the Ministry
Song 141 and Prayer
Reminder: Please play the music through once, and then the congregation should sing the new song.