to write to the Watch Tower Society to ask if it is permissible to recommend him. Just follow the Scriptural admonition that he should be “free from accusation.” If he is not, then he should not be recommended for appointment by the Society to shepherd the flock of God.
The next 1 Ti 3 verse 11 says: “Women should likewise be serious, not slanderous, moderate in habits, faithful in all things.” Not that they were the ones who would be appointed as ministerial servants, however; because in the 1 Ti 3 twelfth verse Paul says that the ministerial servants, if married, would be husbands. So this comment in 1 Ti 3 verse 11 is simply pointing out that the sisters in the congregation too should endeavor to measure up to this fine Bible standard. While sisters are not appointed as ministerial servants, they may be asked to serve as substitutes until such time as there are qualified men available in the congregation.
Continuing in 1 Ti 3 verses 12, 13, we read: “Let ministerial servants be husbands of one wife, presiding in a fine manner over children and their own households. For the men who minister in a fine manner are acquiring for themselves a fine standing and great freeness of speech in the faith in connection with Christ Jesus.”
So, you see, a high standard is set for these ministerial servants. When a brother is being recommended, then, it is evident that the committee is obligated to do more than simply review the report on his Publisher’s Record card and have a casual chat about the individual. God’s Word must light the way. It is a fine thing to keep the congregation book study groups moderate in size, but mere numbers in attendance are not the primary consideration in determining whether a new group should be formed. It is of far greater importance to be sure that there is a Scripturally qualified brother available to care for the new group. For a time the group may be larger than we might prefer, but the time can be well used to train as assistants those who show good potential until they meet the Bible’s standard. Though there are a variety of factors to consider in organizing the congregation book studies, what the Bible says about who is qualified to serve always outweighs other considerations.
Jehovah’s witnesses carry on their ministry in an organized way, under the direction of their Fine Shepherd and Jehovah’s Principal Servant, Jesus Christ. In harmony with Jesus’ own instructions, those in the congregations of Jehovah’s witnesses who take the lead are not an exalted clergy class, but the servants of their Christian brothers. Together, as a united group, they cooperate in announcing Jehovah’s kingdom. During January they will be doing this from house to house by offering to interested persons this Bible magazine, The Watchtower, which, as its front cover shows, is devoted to “Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom.” A year’s subscription, along with three Bible booklets, will be offered for $1.
ARE YOU GATHERED TO THE RIGHT HAND?
Did you know that Jehovah’s judgments are filling the earth in our day? All individuals are being gathered to the right hand of favor of his King-Son or are being abandoned at his left for destruction. Those who have received favorable estimate are commissioned to share in the program of proclaiming Jehovah’s judgment message. You will want to know how far this dividing work has progressed and what still lies ahead for us. Send for the report of worldwide activity of Jehovah’s witnesses as contained in the 1967 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Send for the 1967 calendar colorfully depicting the response to Jesus’ call for preachers. Yearbook, 50c; calendar, 25c. Send today.
“WATCHTOWER” STUDIES FOR THE WEEKS
January 29: “They Followed Him,” ¶1-25. Page 5. Songs to Be Used: 3, 4.
February 5: “They Followed Him,” ¶26-29, and Modern Unwillingness to Hear God’s Message Leads to Calamity, ¶1-22. Page 11. Songs to Be Used: 10, 9.
February 12: Modern Unwillingness to Hear God’s Message Leads to Calamity, ¶23-34, and The Report of Those Sent to Harvest. Page 18. Songs to Be Used: 24, 11.