Sunday, November 23

Be obedient to those who are taking the lead among you and be submissive, for they are keeping watch over your souls.—Heb. 13:17.

A Christian’s spirit may be tested if he is corrected or is relieved of privileges in the congregation. One young brother was tactfully counseled by the elders about playing violent video games. Sadly, he did not receive the counsel well and had to be deleted as a ministerial servant because he no longer met the Scriptural qualifications. (Ps. 11:5; 1 Tim. 3:8-10) Afterward, the brother made it widely known that he did not agree, repeatedly writing letters critical of the elders to the branch office and even influencing others in the congregation to do the same. It is really counterproductive, though, for us to jeopardize the peace of the entire congregation in an attempt to justify our actions. How much better to view reproof as a way to open our eyes to see weaknesses that we were not aware of and then quietly accept the correction.—Lam. 3:28, 29. w12 10/15 2:8, 9


Song 26 and Prayer

Congregation Bible Study:

Theocratic Ministry School:

Bible reading: Deuteronomy 23-27 (10 min.)

No. 1: Deuteronomy 25:17–26:10 (4 min. or less)

No. 2: What the Bible Says About the Soul—rs p. 375 ¶4–p. 376 ¶4 (5 min.)

No. 3: Adornment—Adornment as Described in the Scriptures—it-1 p. 51 ¶4-7 (5 min.)

Service Meeting:

10 min: What’s a Real Friend? Discussion based on the whiteboard animation What’s a Real Friend? (Go to, and look under BIBLE TEACHINGS > TEENAGERS.) Begin by playing the video for the audience. Afterward, use these questions as the basis for the discussion: (1) What is a real friend? (2) What should you look for in a potential friend? (3) How can you find a good friend? (4) What kind of effort do you need to put forth to make your friendships grow?

10 min: Love Identifies Us. (John 13:35) Discussion based on the 2014 Yearbook, page 48, paragraph 1, to page 49, paragraph 3; and page 69, paragraph 1, to page 70, paragraph 2. Invite audience to comment on the lessons learned.

10 min:An Exciting and Fresh Approach to Public Witnessing.” Questions and answers. If the congregation has areas of high pedestrian traffic, interview the service overseer regarding local arrangements for public witnessing and invite the audience to relate experiences.

Song 92 and Prayer