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OUR KINGDOM MINISTRY
D E C E M B E R 2014
MONTHLY THEME:
Send out “good things” out of the good treasure
entrusted to us.—Matt. 12:35a.
WEEK STARTING DECEMBER 8
Song 6 and Prayer
Q Congregation Bible Study:
cl chap. 17 81-8 (30 min.)
Q Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: Joshua 1-5 (10 min.)
No. 1: Joshua 1:1-18 (4 min. or less)
No. 2: What Holy Spirit Is—rs p. 380 82–p. 381
81 (5 min.)
No. 3: Adultery—How Could One Become
Guilty of Spiritual Adultery?—it-1 p. 54 82
(5 min.)
Q Service Meeting:
Song 94
10 min: “Good Things” in Store for Us This
Month. Talk. Highlight monthly theme. (Matt.
12:35a) We received spiritual treasures from
someone who taught us the truth. (See The
Watchtower, April 1, 2002, p. 16, pars. 5-7.) In
turn, we should share our “good things” with
others. (Gal. 6:6) Arouse interest in the “good
things” we will receive this month at upcoming
Service Meetings. We will be helped to develop
our teaching skills as well as learn to sing new
songs.
20 min: “Improving Our Skills in the Ministry—Demonstrating a Bible Study by Using
the Bible Teach Book.” Discussion. Have a wellqualified publisher or a pioneer demonstrate a
Bible study using the Bible Teach book.
Song 96 and Prayer
Improving Our Skills in the
Ministry—Demonstrating
a Bible Study by Using the
Bible Teach Book
Why Important: Many people may not un-
derstand what we mean when we say that we
offer free home Bible studies. They may think
that they have to join a study group or take
some sort of correspondence course. Instead
of simply offering a study, why not demonFor United States of America
strate a study? In just a few minutes, even on
the doorstep, you can show a person what an
easy and enlightening experience it can be to
study the Bible.
How to Do It:
˙ After introducing yourself, ask the householder if he is concerned about the future.
˙ Mention that many people have similar
concerns, and show him the table of
contents in the Bible Teach book. Explain
that this book has easy-to-understand lessons that show what the Bible teaches
about the future and other subjects, and
ask him which chapter he is interested in.
˙ Hand him a copy of the book, and direct
him to the chapter that he selected. Explain that the questions at the beginning
of the chapter are answered in the paragraphs that follow.
˙ Ask the householder to read the first paragraph if he feels comfortable doing so.
Then read the question for that paragraph,
and consider the answer together. Look up
and discuss scriptures cited in support of
the answer. Show him how you have highlighted the answer in your book.
˙ Consider the next paragraph, but this time
ask the householder to try answering the
question in his own words.
˙ Commend him, and make arrangements
to return to complete the lesson.
˙ If appropriate, direct attention to the video
on jw.org entitled What Happens at a Bible
Study?
Try This During the Month:
˙ Pray for Jehovah to bless your efforts to
start a new Bible study.—Phil. 2:13.
˙ Try to demonstrate a Bible study using the
Bible Teach book or show the video What
Happens at a Bible Study? at least once
while engaging in the ministry.
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Conducting
Effective Bible Studies
WEEK STARTING DECEMBER 15
Song 1 and Prayer
Q Congregation Bible Study:
cl chap. 17 89-16 (30 min.)
No one can serve God unless Jehovah
“draws him.” (John 6:44) Even so, publishers who conduct Bible studies must do
their part in helping people to draw close
to their heavenly Father. (Jas. 4:8) This requires preparation. Simply reading each
paragraph and asking the printed question is not enough to help our students
grasp the message and make progress.
2 To conduct effective studies, publishers must help their students to (1) understand what the Bible teaches, (2) accept
what the Bible teaches, and (3) put into
practice what the Bible teaches. (John 3:
16; 17:3; Jas. 2:26) It can take months to
guide an individual through these steps.
Yet, each step represents a stage in his developing a relationship with Jehovah and
making a dedication to him.
3 What Is the Bible Student Thinking?: To discern if our Bible student understands and accepts what he is learning,
avoid doing all the talking and encourage the student to express himself. (Jas.
1:19) Does he understand what the Bible says on the subject being considered?
Can he explain the subject in his own
words? How does he feel about what he
has learned? Does he believe that what the
Bible teaches is reasonable? (1 Thess. 2:13)
Does he understand that what he is learning should make a difference in the way
he lives his life? (Col. 3:10) In order to get
answers to such questions, we need to ask
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Q Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: Joshua 6-8 (10 min.)
No. 1: Joshua 8:18-29 (4 min. or less)
No. 2: What Gives Evidence That a Person Has Holy Spirit?—rs p. 381 83–p. 382
81 (5 min.)
No. 3: Adversary—The Most Wicked Adversary of All Is Satan the Devil—it-1 p. 54
(5 min.)
Q Service Meeting:
Song 101
15 min: “Conducting Effective Bible Studies.” Questions and answers. After considering paragraph 3, have a two-part
demonstration showing a publisher and
a Bible student discussing paragraph 8 in
chapter 15 of the Bible Teach book. In the
first demonstration, the publisher talks too
much. In the second, the publisher asks
viewpoint questions to help him discern the
student’s thinking.
15 min: A Tool to Help You Prepare to
Conduct Bible Studies. Discussion. Draw
the attention of the audience to the section of jw.org entitled “What Does the Bible
Teach?” (Look under BIBLE TEACHINGS ˛
TEENAGERS.) Discuss how this material can
be used to help us conduct effective Bible
studies with young people as well as with
older ones. How can the questions raised
on these work sheets help us reach the student’s heart? Include a soliloquy of a publisher using one of these work sheets to help
him think about the needs of his student
and prepare effective questions. Conclude
by encouraging the audience to become
better teachers by endeavoring to reach
their students’ hearts by using the good
things we have to help others.—Prov. 20:5.
Song 99 and Prayer
1. What responsibility do publishers who conduct Bible studies have?
2. What will an effective Bible study accomplish?
3. Why do effective teachers ask viewpoint questions?
5 2014 Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Our Kingdom Ministry (ISSN 1067-7259) is published monthly by Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses;
C. I. Woody, President; W. H. Nonkes, Secretary-Treasurer; 2821 Route 22, Patterson, NY 12563-2237. Periodicals Postage Paid at Patterson, NY, and at additional mailing
offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Our Kingdom Ministry, 1000 Red Mills Road, Wallkill, NY 12589-3299.
Printed in Canada.
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tactful viewpoint questions and then listen.—Matt. 16:13-16.
4 Habits and thought patterns are often
deeply entrenched and take time to unlearn. (2 Cor. 10:5) What if our student
does not accept or put into practice what
he is being taught? Patience is required
to allow a reasonable amount of time for
God’s Word and holy spirit to work on
the student’s heart. (1 Cor. 3:6, 7; Heb. 4:
12) Rather than pressuring him, it is often
better to move on to another subject if the
student is having difficulty understanding
or applying a Bible teaching. As we continue to teach him patiently and lovingly
from the Bible, he may in time be moved
to make the needed adjustments.
4. What should be done if a student has difficulty understanding or applying what he is being
taught from the Bible?
2015 Theocratic Ministry School
Helps Us Improve Our Teaching
WEEK STARTING DECEMBER 22
Song 15 and Prayer
The psalmist David wrote: “May
the words of my mouth and the
meditation of my heart be pleasing
to you, O Jehovah, my Rock and my
Redeemer.” (Ps. 19:14) We too want
our words to be pleasing to Jehovah
because we treasure our privilege of
speaking the truth in the congregation and in the ministry. The Theocratic Ministry School is one of the
ways that Jehovah trains us for the
ministry. This training takes place
each week in the more than 111,000 congregations worldwide. It has
helped brothers and sisters around
the globe and from all walks of life
to become adequately qualified as
ministers of the good news, capable of teaching with persuasion, tact,
and boldness.—Acts 19:8; Col. 4:6.
2 The school schedule for 2015 will
include subjects considered in “An
Introduction to God’s Word” and the
“Glossary of Bible Terms” found in
the New World Translation, as well
as material from Insight on the
Scriptures, Volume 1. Additionally,
adjustments have been made in
the time allotted for Bible highlights
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Q Congregation Bible Study:
cl chap. 17 817-23, box on p. 177 (30 min.)
Q Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: Joshua 9-11 (10 min.)
No. 1: Joshua 9:16-27 (4 min. or less)
No. 2: There Is No Spirit Part of Man That
Survives Death—rs p. 382 85–p. 383 82
(5 min.)
No. 3: Affection—Maintain a Warm Personal Attachment to Jehovah and to Those
Who Love Him—it-1 p. 55 (5 min.)
Q Service Meeting:
Song 119
5 min: Local needs.
25 min: “2015 Theocratic Ministry School
Helps Us Improve Our Teaching.” Discussion by the Theocratic Ministry School overseer. The school overseer may choose to
have certain paragraphs read before considering them. Emphasize the changes to Assignment No. 1, the timing for the Bible
Highlights, and the counsel by the school
overseer. Have paragraph 7 read, and after discussing it, have a model demonstration of an elder conducting a family study
with his wife and child, using the material on page 18 of the New World Translation. Encourage all to take full advantage
of the excellent theocratic training provided in the school and to make good use of
the textbook Benefit From Theocratic Ministry School Education.
Song 117 and Prayer
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Our Kingdom Ministry, December 2014
and Assignment No. 1. These changes along with instructions on how
parts on the school are to be presented are considered in the following
paragraphs.
3 Bible Highlights: Brothers assigned this part will have two minutes to consider one interesting and
practical Scriptural point from the
weekly Bible reading. Good preparation will result in sharing a point
of value with the congregation within the allotted time. Thereafter, the
congregation will have the customary six minutes to offer comments
of 30 seconds or less on interesting
points they found in the weekly Bible reading. It takes preparation and
self-discipline to make a meaningful
comment in 30 seconds, but doing
so is good training for us. It also allows time for others to comment on
what they have learned in their personal research.
4 Assignment No. 1: The time allotted for the Bible reading has been
reduced to three minutes or less and
will cover less material. Those who
receive a reading assignment should
rehearse it several times by reading
it aloud and paying close attention
to proper pronunciation and fluency in order to convey thoughts with
understanding. All of Jehovah’s people should strive to read well, since
reading plays an important role in
our worship. How delighted we are
that so many of our children read
well! Parents are to be commended
for their loving efforts to help their
children become good readers.
Assignment No. 2: This will be a
five-minute presentation assigned to
a sister. The assigned theme should
be used. When an assignment is
based on material found in the New
World Translation, it should be applied to an aspect of field service that
is realistic and practical for the local territory. When the assignment is
based on a Bible character in Insight
on the Scriptures, Volume 1, the student should study the information
found under the Bible character’s
name, select appropriate scriptures
to be used, and show what can be
learned from the example of the Bible character. Additional scriptures
that tie in with the theme may be included. The school overseer will assign one assistant.
6 Assignment No. 3: This will be a
five-minute presentation assigned to
a brother or a sister. When assigned
to a sister, this part should be presented as outlined for Assignment
No. 2. When assigned to a brother,
the material that is based on Insight
should be given as a talk with the audience in mind. The student should
develop the assigned theme, select appropriate scriptures to be used,
and show what can be learned from
the example of the Bible character.
7 A New Feature of Assignment
No. 3 for Brothers: When the assignment is based on the material in
the New World Translation, it should
be presented as a demonstration of
family worship or field service. Usually the school overseer will assign
an assistant and the setting. The assistant should be a member of
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the student’s family or a brother in signment, the school overseer will
the congregation. Additional scrip- make the appropriate notations in
tures that highlight Bible princi- the student’s book and will privateples that tie in with the theme ly ask whether the student did the
may be included in the
exercise related to the
presentation. From time
assigned counsel point.
to time, an elder may be
Commendation as well
assigned to present this
as additional helpful
part. Elders may choose
suggestions may be givMake
their own assistant and
en to the student after
advancement
setting. Undoubtedly, it
the meeting or at anothby accepting
will be encouraging for
er time. The personal atand
applying
the congregation to see
tention that each stucounsel
elders demonstrate the
dent receives in the
art of teaching with a
school should be viewed
family member or anas an opportunity to
other brother.
help him make spiritu8 Counsel: The school
al advancement.—1 Tim.
4:15.
overseer will use two
10 If a student talk runs overtime,
minutes after each student’s presentation to give commendation as the school overseer or an assiswell as constructive counsel based tant should be alert to give a signal,
on Benefit From Theocratic Ministry such as a bell or a tapping noise, to
School Education. When the school indicate in a discreet manner that
overseer introduces a student’s part the student’s time is up. The student
on the program, he will not an- should acknowledge the signal by
nounce the point of counsel the stu- completing his sentence and leaving
dent is working on. After each pre- the platform.—See Ministry School
sentation, the overseer should give book, p. 282, par. 4.
11 All who meet the requirements
the student sincere commendation,
announce the point of counsel the stu- are encouraged to enroll in the Theodent is working on and state specif- cratic Ministry School. (See Ministry
ically why the student did well on School book, p. 282, par. 6.) The edthat point or kindly explain why it ucation that this school provides has
would be beneficial for the student enabled Jehovah’s people to preach
to give that particular point further and teach the good news of the Kingattention.
dom with conviction, dignity, and
9 The student’s counsel form can
love. Jehovah is undoubtedly pleased
be found on pages 79 to 81 of his to be praised by all those who are
personal copy of the Ministry School benefiting so much from theocratic
book. After a student cares for his as- education!—Ps. 148:12, 13; Isa. 50:4.
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Theocratic Ministry School
Review
WEEK STARTING DECEMBER 29
Song 37 and Prayer
Q Congregation Bible Study:
cl chap. 18 81-8 (30 min.)
The following questions will be considered at
the Theocratic Ministry School during the
week beginning December 29, 2014.
Q Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: Joshua 12-15 (10 min.)
Theocratic Ministry School Review (20 min.)
1. How do we view the command at
Deuteronomy 14:1 prohibiting selfmutilation during a period of mourning
for a dead person? [Nov. 3, w04 9/15
p. 27 par. 5]
2. What was the objective of having the
kings of Israel make a copy of God’s Law
and ‘read from it all the days of their
life’? (Deut. 17:18-20) [Nov. 3, w02 6/15
p. 12 par. 4]
3. Why is it stated that “you must not plow
with a bull and a donkey together,” and
how does the command about uneven
yoking apply to Christians? (Deut. 22:10)
[Nov. 10, w03 10/15 p. 32]
4. Why was seizing “a hand mill or its upper millstone as security for a loan”
prohibited? (Deut. 24:6) [Nov. 17, w04
9/15 p. 26 par. 3]
5. With what attitude were the Israelites to
be obedient, and what should be the motivating force for our service to Jehovah?
(Deut. 28:47) [Nov. 24, w10 9/15 p. 8
par. 4]
6. What three basic requirements for life
are found at Deuteronomy 30:19, 20?
[Nov. 24, w10 2/15 p. 28 par. 17]
7. Are we required to utter in a low voice all
the words we read from Genesis to Revelation? Explain. (Josh. 1:8) [Dec. 8, w13
4/15 p. 7 par. 4]
8. Who is “the prince of Jehovah’s army”
mentioned at Joshua 5:14, 15, and how
can this account encourage us? [Dec. 8,
w04 12/1 p. 9 par. 2]
9. What led to Achan’s fall into sin, and
what can we learn from his bad example? (Josh. 7:20, 21) [Dec. 15, w10 4/15
pp. 20-21 pars. 2, 5]
10. How does Caleb’s example serve as encouragement for us today? (Josh. 14:1013) [Dec. 29, w04 12/1 p. 12 par. 2]
Q Service Meeting:
Song 89
20 min: Progressively Teach “Good Things” to
Bible Students and Believing Children. (Matt.
12:35a) Discussion. Use the following scriptures
to show what we should expect of Bible students and believing children: 1 Corinthians 13:
11; 1 Peter 2:2, 3, footnote. Explain what it means
to “taste” the “milk of the word” and how we
can help our students and children to do this. Explain the principle at Mark 4:28. (See The Watchtower, December 15, 2014, p. 12, pars. 6-8.) Interview an experienced publisher or parent who
can explain how he or she helped a Bible student or a child make spiritual progress.—Eph. 4:
13-15; see the May 2014 Our Kingdom Ministry
Question Box.
10 min: “Share ‘Good Things’ by Being Hospitable (Matt. 12:35a).” Discussion. What benefits
or experiences have some had because of showing hospitality? Invite comments about how we
can show hospitality to others, especially those
in full-time service. Mention local arrangement
to provide a meal for each visiting speaker.
Song 124 and Prayer
Share “Good Things” by Being
Hospitable (Matt. 12:35a)
All of us undoubtedly want to share “good
things” with others by following “the course
of hospitality.” (Rom. 12:13) The elders take
the lead in arranging for visiting speakers
to receive hospitality and reimbursement for
their travel expenses. However, we personally
might hesitate to show hospitality because of
having limited means, or we might feel anxious about having others come to our home.
Our taking to heart Jesus’ counsel to Martha can help us overcome such feelings. (Luke
10:39-42) He emphasized that “the good portion” of hospitality is the fellowship and encouragement, not an elaborate meal or fine
home decor. By applying this counsel, we all
can share “good things” with our brothers in
accord with God’s Word.—3 John 5-8.
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˙ Study the lyrics, and try to memorize
them.
˙ Sing the melody together with the lyrics.
Do so until you have mastered the song.
˙ Rehearse the new songs a few times during your Family Worship session until
your family is comfortable with them.
New Songs for Worship!
At the most recent annual meeting of
the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society
of Pennsylvania, which was held on October 4, 2014, plans were announced to revise our current songbook. That truly was
exciting news! All in attendance were reminded of the important place that our
Kingdom songs ought to have in our worship.—Ps. 96:2.
2 You may wonder, ‘Why is it necessary
to revise the songbook?’ There are several reasons. First of all, our understanding
of the Scriptures continues to be refined,
and that can affect the lyrics of our songs.
(Prov. 4:18) Another reason for the revision: Many expressions and phrases that
are used in the current songbook were
drawn from the earlier edition of the New
World Translation. Those lyrics must now
be adjusted to correspond with the wording of the revised edition. Since extensive
work would need to be done just to bring
the lyrics up-to-date, it was decided to add
a few new songs to the book.
3 Will we have to wait until a new songbook is printed before we can begin using the new songs? No. We are pleased
to inform you that over the next several
months, a number of new songs will be
released on our Web site, jw.org. When a
new song is released, it will be scheduled at
the end of a Service Meeting with the notation “new song.”
4 How to Learn the New Songs: It can
be challenging to learn a new song. Still,
like the psalmist, we want to sing out at
congregation meetings and “not keep silent.” (Ps. 30:12) To learn a new song, follow these simple steps.
1
In future months when a new song is
scheduled to conclude the Service Meeting, the congregation will listen once to
the piano recording. The audience will
then sing the song along with the piano
recording, as we do for the other songs.
6 When you think about it, singing at
our meetings affords us the joy of unitedly joining our voices in praise to Jehovah.
Therefore, we should not get into the habit of leaving our seats unnecessarily when
a song is introduced at our Christian meetings.
7 There is another way we can show
proper appreciation for our sacred music.
At assemblies and conventions, a musical
interlude is played before each session begins. Twice a year, devoted brothers and
sisters from the four corners of the earth
travel at their own expense to Patterson,
New York, in order to produce beautiful
music for use in our worship. Thus, when
the chairman invites us to take our seats
and listen to what the orchestra has prepared, we should do so. Our doing this will
help us to prepare our hearts for the information that will follow.—Ezra 7:10.
8 We will conclude our meeting today
with the new song entitled “The Kingdom
Is in Place—Let It Come!” This song, which
was featured at the recent annual meeting,
was specially composed to mark the 100th
anniversary of the birth of the Kingdom.
9 The new songs are certainly “good
things” from Jehovah. (Matt. 12:35a) Let
us make it our resolve to learn these new
songs and sing them from our hearts, giving fitting praise and honor to our God!
—Ps. 147:1.
5
˙ Listen repeatedly to the piano recording
of the song, which will be posted on our
Web site. The more you listen to the melody, the easier it will be for you to remember it.
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Sample Presentations
WEEK STARTING JANUARY 5
Song 113 and Prayer
34567 January 1
6
Q Congregation Bible Study:
cl chap. 18 89-19 (30 min.)
“It seems as if corruption in government has always been a problem. Why
do you think that is so? [Allow for response.] I found this comment in
the Bible to be interesting. [Read Ecclesiastes 7:20.] This magazine highlights
the Bible’s solutions to corruption.
Please take a little time to read it. Here is
your copy.”
Q Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: Joshua 16-20 (8 min.)
No. 1: Joshua 17:11-18 (3 min. or less)
No. 2: Who Is God?—nwt p. 6 81-3
(5 min.)
No. 3: King Ahab—Theme: There Can
Be No Peace for the Wicked—it-1
pp. 59-60 (5 min.)
!"#$ January
Q Service Meeting:
Song 28
30 min: “New Songs for Worship!”
Discussion. When considering paragraph 6, have the piano recording of
“The Kingdom Is in Place—Let It
Come!” played for the congregation.
Then invite the audience to stand and
sing the new song. It may be necessary
to sing the song twice to help the congregation learn this new song.
New song “The Kingdom Is in Place
—Let It Come!” and Prayer
“Many people believe that evolution
explains how life began, but others are
not so sure. How do you think life began? [Allow for response.] Decades of
research indicate that life comes only
from preexisting life. This agrees with
this simple statement found in the Bible. [Read Psalm 36:9.] This magazine
discusses why many have concluded
that life is too complex and marvelous
to be the result of evolution.”
Good News From God!
“We’re visiting the families on your
street to share an encouraging thought
from the Bible. Many that we’ve talked
to wonder why a loving God would allow so much suffering in the world.
Do you think that suffering was part of
God’s original purpose for the earth?”
Allow for response. Turn to Lesson 5,
read and discuss the first two paragraphs
and the scriptures in italics, and offer
the brochure.
Announcements
˛ Literature offer for December: What
Does the Bible Really Teach? or Would You
Like to Know the Truth? January and February: Good News From God! or Was
Life Created? March: The Watchtower and
Awake! magazines.
˛ The Memorial for 2016 will be Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
˛ Beginning January 1, 2015, the arrangement for congregations to use the first Saturday of each month to concentrate on
starting Bible studies will be discontinued.
Instead, publishers may offer magazines as
they do on other Saturdays. We can offer Bible studies anytime during the month, using magazines or other study publications.
Field Service Highlights
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Puerto Rico reported a new all-time peak of 3,279
regular pioneers for the month of June. In the
United States branch territory, a total of 6,746
newly dedicated ones were baptized in June, during which month both international and regional conventions were
held. How we rejoice to see this increase!—Isa. 60:22.

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