3 JOHN: Good People
by Dr Gregory Magruder | January 30, 2019
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 01/27/19
INTRODUCTION: Most scholars believe 3 John was written by the aged Apostle John who calls himself the Elder in this letter. The short letter would have filled one papyrus page and was addressed “to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth” (1). Good churches have good people. Gaius was a good and faithful leader in his local church. John encouraged him to continue to welcome traveling missionaries and imitate other good leaders. John gives the qualities of a good leader and warns those who oppose the truth.
GOOD PEOPLE MAKE THE CHURCH OPERATE WELL.
*Good people are…
- people of faith - Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul (2).
- people of truth - For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth (3-4).
- people of hospitality and love - Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God (5-6).
- people on mission - For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth (7-8).
GOOD PEOPLE CONFRONT PROBLEM PEOPLE.
*Problem people are…
- people who are self-centered and reject authority - I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority (9).
- people who gossip - So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing,
- people who refuse to practice hospitality - And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers (10).
- people who hinder missions and ministry - he refuses to welcome the brothers and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church (10).
GOOD PEOPLE SUPPORT AND IMITATE OTHER GOOD PEOPLE.
*Good conduct is a good indicator of good character. Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God (11).
*Good people believe the truth, live the truth and are recognized by others as good examples of Christian integrity. Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is true (12).
Good people are the lifeblood of good churches.