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Overview Outline of 3 John

Living out the truth, in love

  1. Intro: Cultivate your love for people and the practice of the truth [holiness] (3Jo 1:1-4)
    1. Love for people (which inevitably leads to prayer for them) (3Jo 1:1-3)
    2. Love for the practice of the truth [holiness/obedience to God’s Word] (3Jo 1:4)
  2. Continue on in faithful service of the brethren, love and support of the ministry (3Jo 1:5-8)
    1. Continue in faithful service (3Jo 1:5)
    2. Continue in love (3Jo 1:6a)
    3. Continue to support the ministry [missionary support] (3Jo 1:6b-8)
  3. Contemplate the ways of the arrogant (3Jo 1:9-10)
    1. Self-promoting (3Jo 1:9a)
    2. Unteachable/unsubmissive/ultimately uncommitted to the Word of God (3Jo 1:9b)
    3. Reproachable (3Jo 1:10a)
    4. Slanderous/untrue and unwholesome words (3Jo 1:10b)
    5. Inhospitable/unloving (3Jo 1:10c)
    6. Overbearing leadership/dictatorial leadership (3Jo 1:10d)
  4. Commit yourself to imitate good – not evil (3Jo 1:11)
    1. Because it evidences the new birth (3Jo 1:11a)
    2. Because without it, it evidences spiritual blindness (3Jo 1:11b)
  5. Consider the testimony about the praiseworthy person (3Jo 1:12)
    1. All people in general acknowledge his character (3Jo 1:12a)
    2. The Word of God affirms his character (3Jo 1:12b)
    3. Faithful leadership affirms his character (3Jo 1:12c)
  6. Conclusion: Convey personal interest to those you minister to and with (3Jo 1:13-15)
    1. Fellowship involves more than just written communication (3Jo 1:13)
    2. Fellowship includes a desire for personal interaction (3Jo 1:14)
    3. Fellowship includes prayer and affectionate regard for those in Christ (3Jo 1:15)
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