Lesson 145

"How Do We Deal With False Teachers?"

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God’s children live by the standards of the Gospel
1 The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; 6 which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well: 7 because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. 8  We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.
9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. 10  Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.
11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. 12 Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.
John’s final words
13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee: 14 but I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face.
15 Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.

Lesson No. 145            "How Do We Deal With False Teachers?"

Book of Third John, Chapter 1                                  04/14/2013        

1)      Who is John writing to this time?  What does he mean by the statement 'whom I love in the truth'?  (Hint- verse 1)

2)      What is John saying in respect to Gaius' health and wealth as compared to his soul and spirit?  Which is more important?  (Hint- verse 2)

3)      John loves to hear (third party witness in deed) what about his 'children'?  (Hint- verses 3 and 4)

4)      It looks like Gaius has done some mission work serving Christians and non-Christians alike, and not taking support from their mission  focus the Gentiles.  (verses 5 through 8).  Who does this remind you of?  John ends this section with verse 8; what does he mean by verse 8?

5)      John address the problem in verse 9- what happened when John wrote a letter to the pastor of the 'church'?  Do we have this problem today?  Note- this letter may have been a response to a letter from Gaius about this pastor!

6)      What does John say that Diotrephes is doing that is so bad?  (see verse 10)  What would Christ say about this kind of church?

7)      What does John say that the 'fruits' of this pastor are?  (Hint- verse 11)  Are these words too harsh?  What happens when we accept ungodly behavior from church leaders?

8)      Note that John's comments in verse 11 are not directed at Diotrephes (he said he would deal with him face to face later), but who are they directed to and what does he say to do about these problems?

9)      John then turns the conversation to a good Christian brother...what is John doing here? (verse 12)  Is this an effective strategy to lead his children?

10)  What can we learn from John as he shepherds his church?