Pastor Thomas Costello concluded the series on the letters of John by speaking on 3 John 1:1-14. He talked about building up new leaders and asked everyone to think about people in their lives who are hungry and ready to be built up.
3 John 1:1-14
1 The elder,
To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. 3 It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
5 Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters,[a] even though they are strangers to you. 6 They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God. 7 It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. 8 We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.
9 I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us. 10 So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.
11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. 12 Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone—and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.
13 I have much to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink. 14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.
Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name.
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion
- In verse 2, John mentions the physical health of his friend, Gaius, as well as his spiritual well-being. We may struggle in our lives with real pain and other seasons of trouble. How do you handle these times and really find peace in your soul and with God as you go through these times?
- There are 2 men mentioned in this passage: Diotrephes and Demetrius. Pastor Thomas warned us about being a “Diotrephes” and putting ourselves first in our lives. Have you come across people like this in your life?
- What happens when you focus more on others instead of yourself? Have you seen the difference in your own life?
- Do you have a Demetrius in your life? Someone that you can focus on to share more love with, to bless and care for?
- Or are YOU a Demetrius? Someone that wants to follow after Jesus with all your heart and wants to serve him with all your passion? Maybe you need to find someone to help you do that. Talk to your group or leader about that.