Each one of you says: “I belong to Paul,” “But I to Apollos,” “But I to Cephas,” “But I to Christ.”
What was the solution to such disruptive thinking? Paul exhorted the Christians: “I urge you, brothers, . . . that you should all speak in agreement and that there should be no divisions among you, but that you may be completely united in the same mind and in the same line of thought.” (1 Cor. 1:10, 11, 13) Neither should there be divisions of any kind in the Christian congregation today. (Rom. 16:17, 18) Paul urged anointed Christians to focus on their heavenly citizenship rather than on earthly things. (Phil. 3:17-20) They were to act as ambassadors substituting for Christ. Ambassadors do not meddle in the affairs of the nations to which they are assigned. Their loyalties lie elsewhere. (2 Cor. 5:20) Christians with an earthly hope are also subjects of God’s Kingdom, so it is inappropriate for them to take sides in this world’s disputes. w15 7/15 3:9, 10
Song 49 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Do You Keep Your Promises?”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.)
—What is the “permanent covenant,” and who are included in it? (w88 9/15 17 ¶7)
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) Eze 16:28-42
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
Fulfill Your Marriage Vow Even When You Are Disappointed With Your Marriage: (10 min.) Talk by an elder based on the March 2014 Awake! pages 14-15.
Become Jehovah’s Friend
—Be Truthful: (5 min.) Play the video Become Jehovah’s Friend —Be Truthful. Afterward, invite selected young children to the stage, and ask them questions about the video.
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) kr chap. 15 ¶1-8
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 73 and Prayer