Sunday, September 12th, 2010
"You will save both yourself and those who listen to you" (1 Timothy 4:16)
If you are not conducting a Bible study, does it mean that your service is of no value to God? Of course not! Jehovah deeply appreciates our efforts to praise him. All who engage in the preaching work are "God's fellow workers." However, conducting a Bible study brings added joy as we see how God makes the seed that we planted grow. (1 Corinthians 3:6, 9) "As you see a Bible student progress," says a pioneer named Amy, "you feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude to Jehovah for allowing you to be used to give that person a wonderful gift—the opportunity of knowing Jehovah and of receiving everlasting life." Doing our best to start and conduct Bible studies will help us to keep focused on serving God now and will strengthen our hope of surviving into the new world. With Jehovah's backing, we may also help to save those who listen to us. What a cause for joy that would be!
(Watchtower issue: 1/15/09, 2:20, 21)
I'm gonna post the entry I mentioned earlier this week, which relates to the different avenues of the preaching work (including "informal" witnessing) which many JW's have tried and have had good success with. Because when you look at the tremendous growth in the organization and the increase in Bible studies, you can see that 'lack of interest' isn't really an issue...the main issue is finding ways to make ourselves more available to interested ones who haven't been contacted in the door-to-door ministry.
Which quite often, involves adjusting our own outlook and schedule when it comes to locating people in our territory. Or, if possible, branching out into foreign language fields and seldom worked territories that need help...since there are many areas where the local Witnesses have so many people wanting to study the Bible, that they actually have to put them on a wait list because they just can't keep up with all of them!