If anyone wants to come after me, let him disown himself.—Matt. 16:24.
When you make a dedication, you approach Jehovah in earnest prayer and tell him that you will use your life to serve him forever. When you dedicate yourself to God, you “disown” yourself. You now belong to Jehovah, which is a great privilege. (Rom. 14:8) You are telling him that from now on, you will be focused on serving him and not on pleasing yourself. Your dedication is a vow—a solemn promise made to God. Jehovah does not force us to make such a vow. But when we do, he expects us to fulfill it. (Ps. 116:12, 14) Your dedication is personal and private; it is between you and Jehovah. Baptism is public; it takes place in front of others, usually at an assembly or a convention. When you get baptized, you show others that you have already dedicated yourself to Jehovah. So your baptism lets others know that you love Jehovah your God with your whole heart, soul, mind, and strength and that you are determined to serve him forever.—Mark 12:30. w20.03 9 ¶4-5
Song 106 and Prayer
Opening Comments (1 min.)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Imitate Jehovah’s Impartiality”: (10 min.)
Spiritual Gems: (10 min.)
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
Initial Call Video: (5 min.) Discussion. Play the video Initial Call: God’s Purpose—Ge 1:28. Stop the video at each pause, and ask the audience the questions that appear in the video.
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
Become Jehovah’s Friend—Love Your Neighbor: (6 min.) Discussion. Play the video. Then, if possible, ask selected young children: Why did kids at school treat Priya differently? How did Sophia show love to Priya? How can you show love to people who are different from you?
What’s a Real Friend?: (9 min.) Discussion. Play the whiteboard animation. Then ask the audience: What should you look for in a friend? Where can you find a good friend? How can you develop a good friendship?
Concluding Comments (3 min.)
Song 16 and Prayer