This cup means the new covenant by virtue of my blood, which is to be poured out in your behalf.
The end was soon coming to the old Law covenant between God and natural-born Israelites. It would be replaced by a new covenant between Jehovah and Jesus’ anointed followers. Jesus was deeply concerned about the welfare of this new spiritual nation. Natural Israel was hopelessly divided religiously and socially, bringing great reproach on God’s holy name. (John 7:45-49; Acts 23:6-9) In contrast, Jesus desired that his followers remain perfectly united so that they could work harmoniously together to bring glory to God’s name. So, what does Jesus do? He offers the most beautiful prayer that any human will ever be privileged to read. (John 17:1-26) We are in a position to look back and ask, “Has God answered Jesus’ prayer?” We should also examine ourselves and ask, “Am I acting in harmony with it?” w13 10/15 4:2, 3
Song 26 and Prayer
Congregation Bible Study:
Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: 2 Chronicles 1-5 (8 min.)
No. 1: 2 Chronicles 3:14–4:6 (3 min. or less)
No. 2: Enoch (No. 2)
No. 3: What Kinds of Baptisms Are There?
Monthly Theme: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God kept making it grow.”
—1 Cor. 3:6.
10 min: “Preparation Needed to Teach With Skill.” Talk.
10 min: Good Conduct Opens the Way to Plant Seeds of Truth. Discussion based on the 2015 Yearbook, page 49, paragraph 3, to page 51, paragraph 3; and page 140, paragraph 3, to page 141, paragraph 3. Invite audience to comment on the lessons learned.
10 min: “Use Features of the Bible Teach Book Effectively.” Discussion. Include a brief demonstration.
Song 123 and Prayer