Show yourselves thankful . . . , encouraging one another with psalms, praises to God, spiritual songs sung with gratitude.
We can learn much from the apostle Paul about cultivating gratitude. Evidently, he meditated on his blessings, for he frequently expressed heartfelt thanks. Paul well knew that he had been “a blasphemer and a persecutor and an insolent man.” Hence, he gave thanks that despite his past sinful conduct, God and Christ had shown him mercy and had entrusted him with a ministry. (1 Tim. 1:12-14) Paul also deeply appreciated his fellow Christians and often thanked Jehovah for their fine qualities and faithful service. (Phil. 1:3-5, 7; 1 Thess. 1:2, 3) And when Paul faced trialsome situations, he was quick to thank Jehovah for the timely support that he received from his spiritual brothers. (Acts 28:15; 2 Cor. 7:5-7) It is not surprising, therefore, that Paul’s writings encourage Christians with the words of today’s text. w15 1/15 1:5
Song 123 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Nehemiah Was an Outstanding Overseer”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.)
Bible Reading: Ne 6:14–7:7a (4 min. or less)
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
Initial Call: (2 min. or less) Present the current Awake! by featuring the cover subject. Lay the groundwork for a return visit.
Return Visit: (4 min. or less) Demonstrate how to make a return visit on someone who showed interest in the cover subject of the current Awake! Lay the groundwork for the next visit.
Bible Study: (6 min. or less) Demonstrate a Bible study. (bh 28-29 ¶4-5)
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
Are You “Reaching Out”?: (15 min.) Talk by an elder based on the Watchtower of September 15, 2014, pages 3-6. Play the video entitled Brothers
—Reach Out for a Fine Work, which appeared on JW Broadcasting in December 2015. Emphasize the proper reasons for reaching out, and explain how a brother can do so. Kindly encourage brothers to reach out to qualify to serve as ministerial servants and elders.
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 125 and Prayer