Thursday, October 30
Keep on the watch.—Matt. 25:13.
Imagine that a prominent official asks you to drive him to an important appointment. A few minutes before leaving to pick him up for the meeting, however, you realize that there is not enough fuel in your vehicle to make the trip. You need to rush off to purchase some. As you do, the official arrives. He looks around but cannot find you. He cannot wait, so he asks someone else to drive him. You soon get back and realize that the official has left without you. How would you feel? In his parable of the virgins, Jesus used a similar situation to illustrate why during the time of the end, some anointed Christians would prove to be faithful and discreet, but others would not. (Matt. 25:1-12) He emphasized his point by saying: “Keep on the watch, therefore, because you know neither the day nor the hour”—that is, when Jesus would actually execute God’s judgment on Satan’s world. w12 9/15 4:1, 3
WEEK STARTING OCTOBER 27
Song 5 and Prayer
□ Congregation Bible Study:
cl chap. 15 ¶1-10 (30 min.)
□ Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: Deuteronomy 11-13 (10 min.)
Theocratic Ministry School Review (20 min.)
□ Service Meeting:
Monthly Theme: “Preach the word; be at it urgently.”—2 Tim. 4:2
15 min: “How to Cultivate a Sense of Urgency About Preaching.” Discussion. Have a demonstration showing a publisher presenting the Bible Teach book or a tract.
15 min: Prepare Well to Preach With Urgency. Discussion based on the August 15, 2014, Watchtower, pages 14-15, paragraphs 14-20. Ask audience what issues or questions are weighing on people’s minds in the local territory. How can we address these concerns in our ministry? Have two pioneers or a married couple demonstrate how to use this material to prepare presentations that will appeal to people in the territory. Participants may determine which publication they will feature.
Song 95 and Prayer