Do not think I came to bring peace to the earth; I came to bring, not peace, but a sword.—Matt. 10:34.
Jesus knew that his teachings would divide people and that those who follow him would need courage to do so in the face of opposition. Jesus’ motive was to proclaim God’s message of truth, not to damage relationships. (John 18:37) Still, holding faithfully to Christ’s teachings would be challenging if one’s close friends or family members rejected the truth. In order to prove worthy of the Christ, his disciples have had to endure ridicule or even alienation from their families. Yet, they have gained far more than they have lost. (Mark 10:29, 30) Even when our relatives oppose our efforts to worship Jehovah, we continue to love them, but we must remember that our love for God and Christ comes first. (Matt. 10:37) We must also realize that Satan will try to use our affection for our family to break our integrity. w17.10 13 ¶3-6
Song 112 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Jehovah’s Administration and Its Work”: (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?
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
Initial Call Video: (4 min.) Play and discuss the video.
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
“Make Your Personal Study More Rewarding”: (15 min.) Discussion. Play the video Keep “a Tight Grip”—Through Effective Personal Study.
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) jy chap. 70
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 144 and Prayer