Friday, December 19
The eyes of Jehovah are upon the righteous ones, and his ears are toward their supplication.—1 Pet. 3:12.
Intimacy with Jehovah does not develop overnight. Time must pass for us to come to know and love him. So in coming to know the Person of Jehovah better, be determined to set aside time to read his Word daily. God’s friends grow spiritually through their sincere prayers and good association. (Mal. 3:16) Like a loving parent, Jehovah is attentive to our prayerful cries for help. Hence, we need to “persevere in prayer.” (Rom. 12:12) We cannot remain a full-grown Christian unless we have the help of God. The pressures of this system are too great to resist and overcome by ourselves. If we cease to persist in prayer, we cut ourselves off from the constant fund of strength that God is willing and able to supply. Are you satisfied with the quality of your prayers, or do you see the need to make further progress in that area?—Jer. 16:19. w13 3/15 3:11, 12
WEEK STARTING DECEMBER 15
Song 1 and Prayer
□ Congregation Bible Study:
cl chap. 17 ¶9-16 (30 min.)
□ Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: Joshua 6-8 (10 min.)
No. 1: Joshua 8:18-29 (4 min. or less)
No. 2: What Gives Evidence That a Person Has Holy Spirit?—rs p. 381 ¶3–p. 382 ¶1 (5 min.)
No. 3: Adversary—The Most Wicked Adversary of All Is Satan the Devil—it-1 p. 54 (5 min.)
□ Service Meeting:
Monthly Theme: Send out “good things” out of the good treasure entrusted to us.—Matt. 12:35a.
15 min: “Conducting Effective Bible Studies.” Questions and answers. After considering paragraph 3, have a two-part demonstration showing a publisher and a Bible student discussing paragraph 8 in chapter 15 of the Bible Teach book. In the first demonstration, the publisher talks too much. In the second, the publisher asks viewpoint questions to help him discern the student’s thinking.
15 min: A Tool to Help You Prepare to Conduct Bible Studies. Discussion. Draw the attention of the audience to the section of jw.org entitled “What Does the Bible Teach?” (Look under BIBLE TEACHINGS > TEENAGERS.) Discuss how this material can be used to help us conduct effective Bible studies with young people as well as with older ones. How can the questions raised on these work sheets help us reach the student’s heart? Include a soliloquy of a publisher using one of these work sheets to help him think about the needs of his student and prepare effective questions. Conclude by encouraging the audience to become better teachers by endeavoring to reach their students’ hearts by using the good things we have to help others.—Prov. 20:5.
Song 99 and Prayer