We have a struggle . . . against the wicked spirit forces in the heavenly places.—Eph. 6:12.
It is vital that we resist being affected by the world’s “strongly entrenched things.” These include its doctrines, philosophies, and harmful practices, such as committing immorality, using tobacco, and abusing alcohol and drugs. And we must constantly fight against our fleshly weaknesses and discouragement. (2 Cor. 10:3-6; Col. 3:5-9) Is it really possible to defeat such powerful opponents? Yes, but not without a struggle. Drawing on the example of a boxer of ancient times, Paul said of himself: “The way I am aiming my blows is so as not to be striking the air.” (1 Cor. 9:26) Just as a boxer fights off his opponent, we must fend off our enemies. Jehovah trains us and helps us in our fight. He provides lifesaving instructions in his Word. He also helps us through our Bible-based publications, Christian meetings, assemblies, and conventions. Are you putting into practice what you are learning? w16.09 2:2, 3
Song 82 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Lessons Learned From Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount”: (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) Mt 5:31-48
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
Happy Are Those Who Have Been Persecuted for Righteousness’ Sake: (9 min.) Play the video The Namgungs: Imprisoned for Their Faith, and then discuss the lessons learned.
“First Make Your Peace With Your Brother—How?”: (6 min.) Discussion. Consider why only the last action in each list is correct.
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) jy chap. 3
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 141 and Prayer