Get out of her, my people.—Rev. 18:4.
In the decades leading up to World War I, Charles Taze Russell and his associates realized that the organizations of Christendom were not teaching Bible truth. Accordingly, they resolved to have nothing to do with false religion as they understood it. As early as November of 1879, Zion’s Watch Tower straightforwardly set out their Scriptural position by stating: “Every church claiming to be a chaste virgin espoused to Christ, but in reality united to and supported by the world (beast) we must condemn as being in scripture language a harlot church,” a reference to Babylon the Great. (Rev. 17:1, 2) God-fearing men and women knew what they must do. They could not expect to receive God’s blessing if they continued to support false religious organizations. Consequently, many Bible Students prepared letters of withdrawal from their churches. w16.11 5:2, 3
Song 21 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Keep On Seeking First the Kingdom”: (10 min.)
Mt 6:33—Jehovah will fill the needs of faithful servants who put Kingdom interests first in their lives (“Keep on . . . seeking,” “the Kingdom,” “his,” “righteousness” study notes on Mt 6:33, nwtsty; w16.07 12 ¶18)
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) Mt 6:1-18
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
Initial Call: (2 min. or less) Begin with the sample conversation. Respond to an objection that is common in your territory.
First Return Visit: (3 min. or less) Begin with the sample conversation. The person you spoke with before is not at home, but a relative answers the door.
Second Return Visit Video: (5 min.) Play and discuss the video.
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
“Stop Worrying”: (15 min.) Discussion. Begin by playing the video Lessons From Jesus’ Word Pictures—Observe the Birds and the Lilies.
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) jy chap. 4
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 132 and Prayer