Friday, October 24
Absalom kept stealing the hearts of the men of Israel.—2 Sam. 15:6.
Today, Satan continues to use “Absaloms” in his attempt to steal the hearts of Jehovah’s servants. ‘Jehovah’s standards are too restrictive,’ they may say. ‘And look at all those people who do not serve Jehovah. They have all the fun!’ Will you see through such contemptible lies and remain loyal to God? Will you recognize that only Jehovah’s “perfect law,” the law of the Christ, can lead you to true freedom? (Jas. 1:25) If so, cherish that law, and never be tempted to misuse your Christian freedom. (1 Pet. 2:16) How sad that many young ones in the truth—and even a number of older ones—have had to learn the hard way that sinful pleasures often come at great cost! (Gal. 6:7, 8) So ask yourself: ‘Do I recognize Satan’s schemes for what they really are—cruel deceptions? Do I view Jehovah as my closest Friend, the one who always tells the truth and wants what is best for me?’—Isa. 48:17, 18. w12 7/15 2:6, 7, 9
WEEK STARTING OCTOBER 20
Song 109 and Prayer
□ Congregation Bible Study:
□ Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: Deuteronomy 7-10 (10 min.)
No. 1: Deuteronomy 9:15-29 (4 min. or less)
No. 2: Why a Perfect Man Could Sin—rs p. 371 ¶2–p. 372 ¶3 (5 min.)
No. 3: Adonijah—Do Not Question Jehovah’s Decisions—it-1 pp. 49-50, Adonijah No. 1 (5 min.)
□ Service Meeting:
Monthly Theme: “Preach the word; be at it urgently.”—2 Tim. 4:2
15 min: “Explaining Our Beliefs About 1914.” Discussion. Invite comments on each bulleted question.
15 min: A Tool to Help Us Explain Our Beliefs About 1914. Begin with a seven-minute demonstration of a publisher using the chart on page 11 of the November 1, 2014, Watchtower to give his Bible student an overview of how the prophecy recorded in Daniel chapter 4 relates to God’s Kingdom. Invite the audience to comment on why the demonstration was effective. Conclude by reading Revelation 12:10, 12 and inviting the audience to comment on how our knowing that the Kingdom began ruling in 1914 motivates us to preach the good news with urgency.
Song 133 and Prayer