You are my friends if you do what I am commanding you.
In choosing close friends, Jesus was selective. Jesus chose such friends from among those who loyally followed him and served Jehovah wholeheartedly. Do you similarly select your close friends from among those who serve Jehovah unreservedly? Why is this important? The warmth of our brotherhood can help you to progress to maturity. Perhaps you are a young person who is trying to decide what course you will pursue in life. How wise you are if you associate with fellow believers who have considerable experience in serving Jehovah and in contributing to the unity of the congregation! Over the years, they may have had some ups and downs in life and may even have faced challenges in serving God. Such ones can help you to choose the best way of life. Warm, upbuilding association with such brothers and sisters can help you to make your own wise decisions and to press on to maturity.
Song 35 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Stop ‘Seeking Great Things for Yourself’”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.)
Bible Reading: (4 min. or less) Jer 47:1-7
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
Initial Call: (2 min. or less) hf
—Lay the groundwork for a return visit.
Return Visit: (4 min. or less) hf
—Lay the groundwork for the next visit.
Bible Study: (6 min. or less) lv 199 ¶9-10
—Briefly show the student how to do research on a specific trial he is experiencing.
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
—Do Not Seek Great Things for Yourselves: (15 min.) Play and discuss the video Young People Ask —What Will I Do With My Life? —Looking Back.
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) kr “Section 4
—Kingdom Conquests— Legally Establishing the Good News,” chap. 13 ¶1-10
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 61 and Prayer