They had been counted worthy to be dishonored in behalf of [Jesus’] name.
You too can view persecution as an opportunity to imitate Peter and the apostles and follow in Jesus’ footsteps by displaying the spirit of self-sacrifice. (1 Pet. 2:20, 21) This outlook could even help if you received needed discipline from the elders. Follow Peter’s example rather than take personal offense. (Eccl. 7:9) You can also benefit from Peter’s example when it comes to spiritual goals. You can pursue such in a way that reflects a spirit of self-sacrifice. Yet, be careful that this pursuit does not become a quest for prominence. So ask yourself, ‘Could my desire to improve or increase my service to Jehovah be tainted by a wish for more personal recognition or authority?’ If you detect a measure of selfishness in your heart, ask Jehovah to help you to correct your thinking and feelings; then work harder to concentrate on his glory instead of your own.
Song 63 and Prayer
Congregation Bible Study:
cl chap. 28 ¶10-17 (30 min.)
Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: 1 Kings 18-20 (8 min.)
No. 1: 1 Kings 18:30-40 (3 min. or less)
No. 2: Deborah (No. 2)
No. 3: How Can the Bible Help Children?
Monthly Theme: ‘Go and make disciples.’
—Matt. 28:19, 20.
10 min: Offer the Magazines During August. Discussion. Start by having a demonstration of how the magazines may be offered, using the sample presentations provided. Then analyze each sample presentation from beginning to end.
10 min: Benefit From Examining the Scriptures Daily. Discussion. Begin with a five-minute talk based on the 2015 yeartext. Afterward, invite publishers to comment on when they set aside time to consider the text each day. Conclude by encouraging all to make good use of Examining the Scriptures Daily.
10 min: Local needs.
Song 26 and Prayer