Tongues as if of fire . . . came to rest on each one of them.—Acts 2:3.
If you were one of the disciples who experienced that, you would never forget that day. There would be no question in your mind that you were anointed by holy spirit, especially if you also received the miraculous gift of speaking in a foreign language. (Acts 2:6-12) But do all those who are anointed by holy spirit receive their anointing in the same spectacular manner as that first group of about 120 disciples did? No. The rest of those who were present in Jerusalem that day received their anointing at their baptism. (Acts 2:38) There was no tongue as if of fire above their heads. Furthermore, not all anointed Christians receive their anointing at their baptism. The Samaritans received their anointing by holy spirit sometime after their baptism. (Acts 8:14-17) On the other hand, in an exceptional instance, Cornelius and his household were anointed by holy spirit even before they were baptized.—Acts 10:44-48. w16.01 3:3, 5
Song 74 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Jehovah Blesses Humility and Punishes Arrogance”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.)
What has this week’s Bible reading taught you about Jehovah?
What other spiritual gems have you discovered in this week’s Bible reading?
Bible Reading: (4 min. or less) Jer 50:1-10
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
Initial Call: (2 min. or less) T-32—Lay the groundwork for a return visit.
Return Visit: (4 min. or less) T-32—Discuss “To Think About.” Lay the groundwork for the next visit.
Talk: (6 min. or less) w15 3/15 17-18—Theme: In Recent Years, Why Have Our Publications Seldom Mentioned Types and Antitypes?
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
Remove the Rafter: (15 min.) Play the video Remove the Rafter. Then discuss the following questions: How did the brother demonstrate a proud, critical attitude? What helped him to adjust his thinking? How did he benefit?
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) kr chap. 13 ¶11-23
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 148 and Prayer