O the depth of God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge!—Rom. 11:33.
More than once, Jehovah stepped in and protected Abraham and Sarah, even doing so miraculously. (Gen. 12:10-20; 20:2-7, 10-12, 17, 18) Those experiences strengthened Abraham’s faith. Can we build a friendship with Jehovah? We can indeed! The needed knowledge and experience are readily available. Abraham had only a fraction of the abundant riches of wisdom now contained in the Bible. (Dan. 12:4) God’s Word is full of treasures that can deepen our knowledge about the “Maker of heaven and earth” and help us to build respect and love for him. (Gen. 14:22) As such feelings move us to obey God, we gain experience because we see how obeying him works out. We find that his counsel protects us and that he blesses and strengthens us. We learn that wholehearted service to God brings fulfillment, peace, and joy. (Ps. 34:8; Prov. 10:22) As we grow in such knowledge and experience, our faith in Jehovah and our friendship with him grow as well. w16.02 1:7, 8
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