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DEVOTED TO GOSPEL MINISTRY AND EMBRACING BIBLICAL AUTHORITY (3 John 1vs1-15 * Message #14/14) 02-14-10
INTRODUCTION. 1st, Summary of 1 – 3 John*: ● 1 John: probably written to one church, yet intended to be read by multiple congregations in the surrounding area. ● 2 John: written to and for one church (possibly the church which initially received the letter of 1 John). ● 3 John: written to one person named Gaius (possibly in the church which received the letter of 2 John). It is possible, but uncertain, that all 3 letters were written and sent together by John, and delivered by a man named Demetrius (see 3rd John v12). ● Interpreting 1 – 3 John: (a) The Gospel according to John guides us in understanding 1st John; (b) 1st John guides us in understanding 2nd & 3rd John. 2nd, A Comparison of 2nd & 3rd John: ● Expressing Godly-pastoral Love: 2 John vs1-3; 3 John vs1-3; ● Giving Encouragement with Requests: 2 John vs4-7; 3 John vs4-8; ● Giving Exhortations in Fellowship: 2 John vs7-13; 3 John vs9-15; ● Let us Follow John’s Example: of Godly Leadership & Discipleship. (Two Main Points). BE DEVOTED TO GOSPEL MINISTRY. 1st, As Believers who are Loved: Pastorally & in the Truth (Gospel) (vs1-2). 2nd, By Walking in the Truth (or in Faithfulness to the Gospel) (vs3-4). 3rd, By Supporting Ministers of the Gospel (vs5-8). EMBRACE BIBLICAL AUTHORITY. 1st, By Guarding against Selfish-ambition and Exercising Church Discipline (vs9-10). 2nd, Thru Godly Living and by Praising the Godly among us (vs11-12). 3rd, Unto the Joy of Christ-centered Fellowship (vs13-15 ).