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2017 District/Regional Convention - "Don't Give Up"

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    2017 DISTRICT/REGIONAL CONVENTION – “DON’T GIVE UP”



    FRIDAY


    CHAIRMAN’S ADDRESS: WE MUST NOT GIVE UP- ESPECIALLY NOW!

    Revelation 12:7-9, 12. Endurance is needed – can be defined as the ability to withstand hardship. Hebrews 10:36-39. Faith helps us to endure. We may have fear of man.

    The theme for the 2016 convention was loyalty.

    The theme for the 2017 convention is endurance.

    The theme for the 2018 convention will be courage.

    Galatians 6:9. Mark 4:24.



    SYMPOSIUM: CONTINUE PREACHING “WITHOUT LETUP”

    Informally – Acts 5:42. Are we a passive observer or an active participant in the ministry? 2 Peter 3:3,4. Exodus 4:10.

    Video – African country – A brother named Samuel witnessed informally at work despite opposition. Proverbs 21:5. Ecclesiastes 11:6. Proverbs 3:27. A co-worker noticed Samuel’s efforts.


    From House To House – Acts 20:20.

    Video – the co-worker and his wife had lost their son in death. A brother contacted them while he was out in the house-to-house work. The co-worker remembered what Samuel had said in previous conversations.

    Acts 20:24. Can we be flexible regarding the time and days that we call? Matthew 28:19, 20.


    Publicly – Cart and booth witnessing. Acts 17:17.

    Video – the co-worker accepts a Bible Study and progresses. He goes out in the ministry and then gets baptized. As time goes on, he becomes discouraged while taking part in the cart witnessing. The brother then speaks to an elder about this. The elder advises the brother that the focus of the ministry is to direct people to JW.org.

    (In my opinion, the focus of the ministry should be the Bible.)

    How can we be more effective in the ministry?

    - Prepare our heart. Show genuine personal interest in people. Don’t pre-judge others.

    - Give Jehovah action that He can bless. Ephesians 6:19. Make eye contact. Be willing to engage in conversation.

    - Focus on the objective. If we start a conversation, we may be able to direct an interested person to the website. They may become a return visit and eventually a Bible Study.

    - Review past printed directions on how to go about the ministry.


    Making Disciples – 1 Corinthians 3:6. “Watering” – making return visits. Matthew 13:18-22.

    Video – the brother (Samuel’s co-worker) and Samuel meet again. Samuel is now a circuit overseer. Acts 13:48. The co-worker tells Samuel that he feels that his return visits are not making much progress. Samuel encourages the brother to “move on” and to only visit these return visits occasionally to check on them. Samuel encouraged the brother to focus on finding more Bible Studies. Romans 1:14-16.



    DRAMATIC BIBLE READING: JEHOVAH DELIVERS HIS PEOPLE

    Exodus 3:1-22. Account of the Ten Plagues.

    Geoffrey Jackson delivered this part. At one point he said: “If you feel trapped by Satan and his hordes, do not give up. Endure. Jehovah will deliver those who are loyal and endure to the end.”

    (Geoffrey Jackson is the GB member who was subpoenaed to appear at the Australian Royal Commission.)
     
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    JEHOVAH – THE GREATEST EXAMPLE OF ENDURANCE

    Satan challenges Jehovah and claims that people will not remain faithful in serving Jehovah.

    How does Jehovah endure?

    - Reproach on his name.

    - Opposition to sovereignty.

    - Endures disappointment of creatures who rebel against Him.

    - Endures taunts from Satan

    - Sees His servants suffer from illness and imperfection.

    - Seeing His servants pass away in death.

    - Seeing injustice

    - Seeing immorality

    - Seeing the Earth ruined and polluted.


    Rebellion in the Garden of Eden. Romans 9:22,23.

    “Vessels of mercy” are the anointed. (Is that statement right? Maybe some of the knowledgeable ones on the forum can elaborate on this point.)

    Jehovah chooses to endure because He loves mankind. Jehovah is able to endure as the happy God and shows courage. He hasn’t lost sight of His purpose. Romans 15:13.


    How does Jehovah’s endurance and our endurance differ, since we are human?

    - Jehovah is perfect. He does not have to endure imperfection within Himself.

    - He can show the cardinal qualities to the full extent. We are limited in the way we can express the same qualities. James 1:2-4.

    - Jehovah’s endurance is based on love, faith and righteousness. Our endurance is based on strength from Jehovah.

    - Jehovah’s endurance can’t be broken but our endurance can.

    Isaiah 40:29. Importance of prayer and daily Bible reading.




    SYMPOSIUM: ENDURING DESPITE

    Unjust Treatment – 1 Samuel 24:5-9. David was able to restrain himself. Matthew 5:38,39. To slap someone is a gesture used to provoke or to insult them. 1 Corinthians 4:12,13.

    Video – Caleb and Sofia resist the urge to retaliate when others treat them badly.

    Advancing Age – Romans 5:12. Isaiah 46:4. Example of Moses who followed Jehovah’s directions and continued to do so, into his old age. The prophetess Anna was also an example to the elderly ones – she was never missing at the temple. Older ones are encouraged to share their experiences with younger ones. Barzillai declined David’s invitation (to cross the Jordan and stay with him) and passed the opportunity to the younger ones. 2 Samuel 19:31-40. Psalms 92:12-14. Hebrews 6:10.

    Our Own Imperfections – Romans 7:21-24. Paul battled with fleshly imperfections. Jonah 1:2,3. Peter succumbed to fear of man. Jehovah continued to use these imperfect men. Do we take this mercy for granted? Do we take responsibility for our choices in life? We have to live with the consequences of our behaviour.

    Humbling Experiences – Ecclesiastes 7:20. Not easy to accept discipline. We can be overcome by feelings of inadequacy. Hebrews 12:5,6. Parents discipline according to the needs and circumstances of their family and personality of each child. Galatians 2:11-14. Paul corrected Peter. 2 Peter 3:15. Hebrews 12:9-11. Jehovah had to discipline David.

    A brother was then interviewed on the platform. He was introduced by his first name only. He explained that he had been disciplined and lost his privileges in the congregation. He then applied counsel and changed his attitude.

    (My own comment here – in my "neck of the woods," when a brother/sister is introduced on the platform, they are introduced by their full name, the name of their congregation and any privileges they have.

    For example, “This is Brother John Doe. He serves as an elder in the Country Congregation.” That is the usual pattern.

    This particular brother was introduced as Brother John (I didn’t use his real name.) His surname and the name of the congregation where he served was NOT mentioned.

    That point stood out to me mentally. That is different from the usual pattern of introduction.)

    Prolonged Illness – Psalms 41:3. Pray to Jehovah for wisdom. Proverbs 14:15. Titus 2:12. Example of Mephibosheth who was crippled in a childhood accident. Take time to think through treatment options. Proverbs 18:4. Focus on what you can do.

    Video – a brother worked as a painter, welder and a carpenter. He was accidentally electrocuted and doctors had to amputate his hands. So he had to learn how to do tasks in a different manner. 2 Chronicles 16:9. 2 Corinthians 12:10.

    The Loss Of A Loved One – Jesus expressed his grief at Lazarus’ tomb. Psalms 34:18. Ecclesiastes 3:4. Abraham grieved for Sarah. Brothers/sisters can help and support us. 1 Corinthians 15:58. Matthew 22:31,32. John 19:26,27.

    Video – Sofia loses her grandmother in death.

    Persecution – 2 Timothy 3:12. Persecution may be subtle or direct. Revelation 1:9; 2:10. John 15:20. 1 Thessalonians 5:17. 1 Peter 4:13, 14.

    Video – brother was imprisoned for his faith. He prayed to Jehovah for support and strength. Due to his good behaviour and physical cleanliness, he was appointed as a chef in the prison. He was later reunited with his mother.

    2 Corinthians 10:18.
     
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    DRAMA: REMEMBER THE WIFE OF LOT – PART 1

    Brian –husband

    Gloria - wife

    Tina and Anna – daughters

    Joe – workmate (non-JW)

    Mary – Joe’s wife (non-JW)


    (My own comment - I’m not a fan of the stereo-typing that keeps coming up in these WT videos. For example, when Brian asks Joe back to his family’s unit, the JW family give Joe a disdainful look as he enters the home, without taking off his shoes. The JW family request of him that he remove his shoes before entering. I object to that because it implies that non-JWs are somehow “dirty.” That is stereotyping. I’ve been invited inside many people’s houses out in the ministry and the householders often have a place inside the front door, for visitors to place their shoes.

    Another example – Joe drives a ute that back-fires frequently. I know of several brothers who drive cars in that condition. It implies that non-JWs drive cars that are in poor condition. Again, that is stereotyping.)

    Brian and Gloria are out doing cart witnessing. They discuss the family’s financial situation. They also decide to invite Joe and his wife to the meeting. Gloria’s mother encourages Gloria to get a job with her uncle and wishes to see that Gloria’s 2 daughters find well-paying jobs.

    (My own comment – I’m also not a fan of the “soap opera” style of the WT videos. To me, they come across as being “corny.” I can still recall the times as a teenager, when the middle-aged sisters would counsel me for watching “soap operas” such as “Bold and Beautiful” and the like. I often mocked these shows because they never showed the characters doing mundane, daily tasks and everyone was dressed in their Sunday best – every day. I was counselled quite a few times. But it’s ok for us to watch WT “soap operas.” How does that work?)


    SYMPOSIUM: CULTIVATE QUALITIES THAT PROMOTE ENDURANCE:

    Faith - 2 Peter 1:5-8. Hebrews 11:1. Faith is the assured expectation of what is hoped for. Example of Abraham – he was willing to leave the city of Ur and to travel about, living in tents. We build our faith through study, meditation and application of Bible principles in our life.

    Video – a young girl gets baptised at age 12.

    (My own comment – far too young to get baptised. Baptism should be a well-thought-out decision made by a mature Christian.)

    Virtue – Virtue can be defined as moral excellence. Genesis 39:9. Joseph resisted the advances from Potiphar’s wife. Philippians 4:8. Study, meditation and application.

    Video – a young woman meets a non-JW man at the museum but later chooses to get engaged to a brother in the congregation.

    Knowledge – Colossians 1:10,11. Knowledge can be defined as having a familiarity with facts and observations. Proverbs 2:10,11. Before studying, we can prepare our heart through prayer. Study, meditation and application.

    Video – a young man wishes to make a comment at the meeting. His father shows him how to study.

    Self-Control – Self-control can be defined as having power or control over ourselves, being able to restrain our behaviour. 1 Corinthians 9:26,27. Galatians 5:22,23. Study, meditation and application. Luke 16:10.

    Video – a sister initially passed over an opportunity to go out in the ministry, but later agreed to go. 2 Peter 1:5-7.
     

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