Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh.—Rom. 8:5.
It was fitting for Christians in Rome to analyze what their focus in life really was. Could it be that their lives were dominated by or centered on “things of the flesh”? And it is fitting for us to consider the same about our lives. What is of greatest interest to us, and to what does our speech gravitate? What do we really pursue day in and day out? Some may find that they are focusing on trying different types of wine, decorating the home, finding new clothing styles, making investments, planning vacation trips, and the like. Such matters are not bad in themselves; they can be normal aspects of life. For example, Jesus once made wine, and Paul told Timothy to take “a little wine.” (1 Tim. 5:23; John 2:3-11) But did Jesus and Paul make wine a prominent aspect of their lives? Was it their passion, what they constantly talked about? No. What about us? What is our key interest in life? w16.12 2:5, 10, 11
Song 34 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“She Put In More Than All the Others”: (10 min.)
Mr 12:41, 42—Jesus observed a poor widow at the temple treasury chests drop in two small coins of very little value (“treasury chests,” “two small coins,” “of very little value” study notes on Mr 12:41, 42, nwtsty)
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) Mr 12:13-27
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
Initial Call: (2 min. or less) Begin with the sample conversation. The person raises an objection that is common in your territory.
First Return Visit: (3 min. or less) Begin with the sample conversation. The person tells you that he just lost a relative in death.
Second Return Visit Video: (5 min.) Play and discuss the video.