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References of Theocratic Ministry School Review September - October 2013
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Theocratic Ministry School Review
The following questions will be considered at the Theocratic Ministry School during the week beginning October 28, 2013.
1. What does it mean to have "the mind of Christ"? (1 Cor. 2:16) [Sept. 2, w08 7/15 p. 27 1. par. 7](1 Corinthians 2:16) 16 For “who has come to know the mind of Jehovah, that he may instruct him?” But we do have the mind of Christ.
To have "the mind of Christ" is to know the pattern of his thinking, to grasp the full range of his personality, and to imitate his example. (1 Pet. 2:21; 4:1) How important it is that we carefully study Jesus' life and ministry!
2. In what ways do we "flee from fornication"? (1 Cor. 6:18) [Sept. 2, w08 7/15 p. 27 par. 9; w04 2/15 p. 12 par. 9](1 Corinthians 6:18) 18 Flee from fornication. Every other sin that a man may commit is outside his body, but he that practices fornication is sinning against his own body.
We run away from immoral conduct. We are determined to avoid not only acts of fornication but also pornography, moral uncleanness, sexual fantasizing, flirting—anything that can lead to fornication. (Matt. 5:28; Jas. 3:17)
3. What did Paul mean when he wrote that women should "keep silent in the congregations"? (1 Cor. 14:34) [Sept. 9, w12 9/1 p. 9, box](1 Corinthians 14:34) 34 let the women keep silent in the congregations, for it is not permitted for them to speak, but let them be in subjection, even as the Law says.
Paul advised not only women but all who had the gift of tongues and prophecy to "keep silent" when another believer was speaking. (1 Cor. 14:27-30, 33) Likely some Christian women were so enthusiastic about their newfound faith that they interrupted the speaker to ask ques¬tions, as was the custom in that part of the world. To avoid such disorder, Paul encouraged them to "question their own husbands at home." (1 Cor. 14:35)
4. How should Paul's words recorded at 2 Corinthians 1:24 affect elders today? [Sept. 16, w13 1/15 p. 27 pars. 2-3](2 Corinthians 1:24) 24 Not that we are the masters over YOUR faith, but we are fellow workers for YOUR joy, for it is by [YOUR] faith that YOU are standing.
Paul was confident that the brothers in Corinth loved God and wanted to do what was right. (2 Cor. 2:3) Today, elders imitate Paul by expressing confidence in their broth-ers' faith and motives for serving God. (2 Thess. 3:4) Rather than making strict rules for the congregation, elders rely on Bible principles and direction from Jehovah's organization. (1 Pet. 5:2, 3)
5. How may we be guided by the statement found at 2 Corinthians 9:7? [Sept. 23, g 5/08 p. 21, box](2 Corinthians 9:7) 7 Let each one do just as he has resolved in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
When we willingly give of our time, energy, and material possessions for the benefit of others, we are striving to "love, neither in word nor with the tongue, but indeed and truth." (1 John 3: 18) When the need arises, such as when natural disasters strike, we view it as a privilege to help those affected.
6. How may we benefit from heeding Paul's counsel found at Galatians 6:4? [Sept. 30, w12 12/15 p. 13 par. 18](Galatians 6:4) 4 But let each one prove what his own work is, and then he will have cause for exultation in regard to himself alone, and not in comparison with the other person.
Instead of com- paring what we do with what others do, we should focus on what we can do personally and try to do our best. This will protect us from either becoming proud or feeling discouraged. Because of various responsibilities or poor health, we may not be able to do all we once did. O the other hand, we might be able to do more now than we used to do.
7. What does it mean "to observe the oneness of the spirit"? (Eph. 4:3) [Oct. 7, w12 7/15 p. 28 par. 7](Ephesians 4:3) 3 earnestly endeavoring to observe the oneness of the spirit in the uniting bond of peace.
Applying this counsel means allowing God's spirit to change the way we act and to produce its fruitage in us. That fruitage promotes peace among God's people and helps them to be peace- able and united with others. (Gal. 5: 22, 23)
8. How did Paul feel about the things he had left behind? (Phil. 3:8) [Oct. 14, w12 3/15 p. 27 par. 12](Philippians 3:8) 8 Why, for that matter, I do indeed also consider all things to be loss on account of the excelling value of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. On account of him I have taken the loss of all things and I consider them as a lot of refuse, that I may gain Christ
A person who throws away garbage does not later regret that he threw it away. In the same way, Paul did not regret losing any of the opportunities that he had left behind in the world. He no longer felt that they had value.
9. What is the import of the counsel: "Let us not sleep on as the rest do"? (1 Thess. 5:6)[Oct. 21, w12 3/15 p. 10 par. 4](1 Thessalonians 5:6) 6 So, then, let us not sleep on as the rest do, but let us stay awake and keep our senses.
One way we could "sleep on" would be by not doing what Jehovah says is right. Another way would be by living as if Jehovah's time to destroy the ungodly is yet far off. We must make sure that the wicked do not influence us to adopt their ways and attitudes.
10. How was Jesus' sacrificial death "a corresponding ransom"? (1 Tim. 2:6) [Oct. 28, w11 6/15 p. 13 par. 11](1 Timothy 2:6) 6 who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all—[this is] what is to be witnessed to at its own particular times.
Adam brought imperfection and death to billions. The Bible makes it clear that the death of just "one man" provided the release from sin and death. (Rom. 5:15-19) Jesus' perfect life corresponded to, or was the exact equivalent of, Adam's. Jesus' "one act of justification"—his course of obedience and integrity even to death—made it possible for men of all sorts to receive eternal life. (2 Cor. 5:14, 15; 1 Pet. 3:18)