Do not severely criticize an older man. On the contrary, appeal to him as a father.—1 Tim. 5:1.
Although Timothy had a measure of authority over such older brothers, he was to treat them with compassion and respect. However, how far would we take that principle? For example, should we feel obligated to defer to someone older if he is willfully sinning or is advocating something displeasing to Jehovah? Jehovah will not judge by the outward appearance and will not excuse a willful sinner simply because he is older. Note the principle found at Isaiah 65:20: “The sinner will be cursed, even though he is a hundred years of age.” A similar principle is demonstrated in Ezekiel’s vision. (Ezek. 9:5-7) Thus, our main concern must always be to show respect for the Ancient of Days, Jehovah God. (Dan. 7:9, 10, 13, 14) If we do so, we will not be afraid to correct a person needing counsel, regardless of his age.—Gal. 6:1. w18.08 11 ¶13-14
Song 120 and Prayer
Opening Comments (1 min.)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Joseph Shows Great Self-Control”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (10 min.)
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
Second Return Visit Video: (5 min.) Discussion. Play the video, and then ask the audience: How did the brother properly introduce the scripture? Why and how did the brother introduce the Teach Us book?