Sunday, November 21st, 2010
"Go therefore and make disciples" (Matthew 28:19)
Conducting Bible studies is the foremost way to make disciples. Some publishers, though, have not yet had the pleasure of conducting a Bible study. Others may not have conducted one in recent years. Then there are those faithful publishers who, although they were at one time very active in the disciple-making work, are now hampered by ill health or the limitations of old age. Some even impose limitations upon themselves. For example, do you feel unqualified to conduct a Bible study? You may feel as Moses did when Jehovah commissioned him to talk to Pharaoh. Moses said: "Excuse me, Jehovah, but I am not a fluent speaker, neither since yesterday nor since before that." (Exodus 4:10) Closely related to feelings of inadequacy is a fear of failure. We might worry that a person will not become a disciple because we are not the perfect teacher. Rather than risking that outcome, we might forgo the opportunity to conduct a study.
(Watchtower issue: 1/15/09, 2:3, 6)