11: Fellow Workers for the Truth (3Jn 1-15)
Unlike 2 John, this epistle is
addressed to a brother, and the author, known as “the elder,” mentions specific
people by name. Yet the theme of truth and love continues in 3 John with a
similar tone and language, even though the elder goes into greater detail in
describing the deeds and characters of individuals as well as the situation of
the local church.
“We therefore ought to receive
such, that we may become fellow workers for the truth” (8).
Did You Know…”
1. “I pray that you may prosper…” (2): “This is a standard
greeting in many ancient letters, which quite often began with a prayer for the
reader’s health, frequently including the prayer that all would go well with
the person (not just material prosperity, as some translations could be read as
Did You Know…?
1. “Send them forward on their journey” refers to the supplying
of necessary provisions for a person’s journey (cf. Acts 15:3; Tit 3:13). 2/100
the following items in 2 and 3 John:
1a. Similar words and phrases that are repeated
1c. Church problems
what you know about the three characters in this epistle:
1. What is the “prosperity of the soul”?
2. Why is it the elder’s greatest joy to hear that his children
walk in the truth?
3a. What does this paragraph teach about
3b. What is the significance of the
phrase “in a manner worth of God”?
4a. Why is it admirable that Gaius
received brothers who were strangers to him?
4b. Who are the strangers in your
personal or church life? How should you receive them?
5. Why does the author stress that these witnesses were going
forth “for His name’s sake”?
6. Why was receiving these missionaries so important to the
church at that time, considering the situation of the church?
7. In what ways can you receive and support the workers of God
today and become their fellow workers?
8a. What does this passage say about Diotrephes’ thoughts, words, and deeds?
8b. Could his words and actions have
stemmed from his thoughts? If so, how?
9. What does it mean that Demetrius has a good testimony from
the truth itself? Do you have a good testimony from the truth, not just from
10a. Why do people tend to imitate evil?
10b. What reason does the author give for
imitating good instead of evil?
11. Do you sometimes become discouraged in the church because of
the wicked deeds of some individuals? How does this passage encourage you?
is the meaning and significance of greeting the friends “by name”? (cf. Jn 10:3). How is it related to the context of this epistle?
12b. Do you greet your brothers and sister “by name”? How can you
enhance your relationship with other believers?