Those whom Jehovah loves he disciplines.—Heb. 12:6.
The word “discipline” may make you think of punishment, but much more is involved. In the Bible, discipline is often presented in an appealing light, at times alongside knowledge, wisdom, love, and life. (Prov. 1:2-7; 4:11-13) That is because God’s discipline is an expression of his love for us and of his desire that we gain everlasting life. (Heb. 12:6) While his discipline may include chastisement, it is never abusive or cruel. Indeed, the meaning behind “discipline” primarily relates to education, such as that involved in raising a beloved child. As members of the Christian congregation, we are part of God’s household. (1 Tim. 3:15) We therefore respect Jehovah’s right both to set standards and to give loving discipline when we violate them. Moreover, if our actions caused unpleasant consequences, his discipline would remind us of just how important it is to listen to our heavenly Father.—Gal. 6:7. w18.03 23 ¶1; 24 ¶3
Song 128 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“We Do Not Give Up”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.)
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
Doing the Very Best I Can: (8 min.) Play the video. Then ask the audience the following questions: How did Brother Foster give his all to Jehovah when he was young and strong? How did his circumstances change? How is he giving Jehovah his all in his changed circumstances? What lessons have you learned from his experience?
Local Needs: (7 min.)
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) jy chap. 65
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 65 and Prayer