III John

Kevin Martin - 9/22/2019

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III John
September 22, 2019

1The Elder: To my dear friendGaius: I love you in the truth.
2Dear friend,I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physicallyjust as you are spiritually.3For I was very glad when some brothers came and testifiedto your faithfulness to the truth—how you are walking in the truth.4I have no greater joythan this: to hear that my childrenare walking in the truth.
5Dear friend,you are showing faithfulnessby whatever you do for the brothers, especially when they are strangers.6They have testified to your love in front of the church.You will do well to send them on their journeyin a manner worthy of God,7since they set out for the sake of the Name,accepting nothing from pagans.8Therefore, we ought to support such men so that we can be coworkers with]the truth.
9I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have first place among them,does not receive us.10This is why, if I come, I will remind him of the works he is doing, slanderingus with malicious words. And he is not satisfied with that! He not only refuses to welcome the brothers himself, but he even stops those who want to do so and expels them from the church.
11Dear friend,do not imitate what is evil,but what is good. The one who does good is of God;the one who does evil has not seen God.12Demetrius has a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. And we also testify for him, and you knowthat our testimony is true.
13I have many things to write you, but I don’t want to write to you with pen and ink.14I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. Peace be with you. The friends send you greetings. Greet the friends by name.

Introduction: Influence and imitation

John’s point: Emulate people based on gospel values, not self-centered personalities and destructive perspectives.

1-4 – John; I Timothy 4:8; II Timothy 2:2

5-8 – Gaius

- v. 6b-8 – Support for missionaries

12 – Demetrius

9-10 – Diotrephes, our negative example

Application (v. 11): Imitate what is good, not what is evil

Emulate people based on gospel values, not self-centered personalities and destructive perspectives.

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