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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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