From now on you will be catching men alive.—Luke 5:10.
Jesus had limited time to carry out his ministry. Nevertheless, he took time to cultivate the interest people showed in the good news. For instance, Jesus taught a crowd, using a boat as a platform. On that occasion, he miraculously gave Peter a huge catch of fish and said the words of today’s text. What result did Jesus’ words and actions produce? Peter and his associates “abandoned everything and followed [Jesus].” (Luke 5:1-11) Nicodemus, a member of the Sanhedrin, became interested in Jesus’ teaching. He wanted to learn more but was afraid of what others would say if he spoke with Jesus in public. Jesus was flexible and generous with his time; he met with Nicodemus at night—away from the crowds. (John 3:1, 2) God’s Son set aside time to build up the faith of individuals. Should we not be diligent in making return visits and conducting Bible studies with interested ones? w16.08 4:10, 11
Song 30 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Obey the Two Greatest Commandments”: (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 22:1-22
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
“Love for God and Neighbor—How to Cultivate It”: (15 min.) Discussion. To illustrate the value of using our imagination to visualize Bible accounts, play the dramatic Bible reading Jehovah Is the Only True God—Excerpt as the audience follows along at 1 Kings 18:17-46.
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) jy chap. 12
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 52 and Prayer