I will never leave you, and I will never abandon you.—Heb. 13:5.
We can link that inspired statement with what Jesus said about seeking first the Kingdom and God’s righteousness. (Matt. 6:33) The apostle Peter once asked Jesus: “We have left all things and followed you; what, then, will there be for us?” (Matt. 19:27) Instead of rebuking Peter for asking that question, Jesus told his disciples that they would be rewarded for their sacrifices. The faithful apostles and others will rule with him in heaven. But even now there are rewards. Jesus said: “Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit everlasting life.” (Matt. 19:29) His disciples would gain blessings far in excess of any personal sacrifices they might make. Are not spiritual fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and children much more valuable than anything we have renounced or given up for the sake of the Kingdom? w16.12 4:4, 5
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.