Let us consider one another to incite to love and fine works.
After the establishment of God’s Kingdom in 1914, Satan was ousted from heaven and confined to the vicinity of the earth, having “great anger, knowing he has a short period of time.” (Rev. 12:7-9, 12) As this world approaches Armageddon, Satan is using trials and pressures in an attempt to weaken us spiritually. Added to this are the stresses of day-to-day life. (Job 14:1; Eccl. 2:23) Sometimes the cumulative effect of our difficulties can wear us down so much that whatever emotional and spiritual strength we muster up may not be enough for us to cope with the discouragement. Consider the case of a brother who over many decades had helped scores of people spiritually. In his later years, he and his wife experienced ill health, and he began to feel very discouraged. Like that brother, all of us need “power beyond what is normal” from Jehovah as well as encouragement from one another.
Song 50 and Prayer
Congregation Bible Study:
Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: 2 Samuel 9-12 (8 min.)
No. 1: 2 Samuel 10:13–11:4 (3 min. or less)
No. 2: Benaiah (No. 1)
No. 3: What Hope Can We Have for the Dead?
Monthly Theme: Help all sorts of people come to an accurate knowledge of truth.
—1 Tim. 2:3, 4.
10 min: How Paul Helped Greeks to Come to an Accurate Knowledge of Truth. Discussion. Have Acts 17:22-31 read. Consider how this account can help us in our ministry.
20 min: Jehovah Will Help You Be Bold. Discussion. Play the video Jehovah Will Help You Be Bold. (Go to jw.org, and look under BIBLE TEACHINGS > CHILDREN.) Invite comments from the audience on the lessons taught by the video. Ask school-age children to comment on how this video helped them to have the courage to witness to their schoolmates and teachers. Have a reenactment of an outstanding experience that one of the children had when witnessing at school.
Song 60 and Prayer