● From what apostle did Mark apparently get much of the material that he included in his Gospel?
● What position do Christians take toward weekly sabbath observance?
It is not a Christian requirement. It was given to the Jews and foreshadowed the thousand-year reign of Christ.—P. 680.
● What obligation do all Christians have as regards the “word of life”?
They are under obligation to publish it, to bring it to others, in imitation of Jesus Christ.—P. 687.
● How is Luke’s background as a physician reflected in his writing of the Gospel of Luke?
He uses more than three hundred medical terms or words to which he gives a medical meaning; he also shows warmhearted concern for women and children and for those who were poor or oppressed.—Pp. 696, 697.
● Does God answer all prayers?
No, only those offered in faith and according to his will.—P. 710.
● How has the locust plague foretold by the prophet Joel been fulfilled?
The persistent preaching by the first-century Christians following Pentecost about God’s kingdom and about destruction to come on that “crooked generation” made the unrepentant Jews feel that Jerusalem had been overrun by these Christian witnesses, as if by a locust plague. In modern times the preaching of Jehovah’s judgment messages by his anointed witnesses, particularly since 1926, has been as tormenting as a locust plague to Christendom.—Pp. 715, 717, 722.
● What is pictured by the “low plain of the decision” spoken of in Joel 3:14?
Armageddon, at which Jehovah will execute his judgment on the nations.—Pp. 724, 725.
● Is sexual sterilization of a man or woman Scripturally proper?
● What is required if one is to have unfailing courage in these days?
He must know and have confidence in Jehovah God and he must have a knowledge and appreciation of the counsel and promises in His Word the Bible.—P. 742.
● Like King David, what is the “one thing” that Christians ask of Jehovah, and how do they prove the sincerity of their request?
They ask that they may dwell in Jehovah’s house all the days of their life, and they show the sincerity of their request by availing themselves of every opportunity to associate with Jehovah’s congregation in their worship both in meetings and in preaching from house to house.—P. 750.
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