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John's Letter to Gaius

             Text:  3 John

  The Message:   Use Your Influence to Encourage Others

 

      BE PRAYERFUL

          “I’m praying for you”

                Praying that you prosper in every area of your life

                To the same degree that you prosper spiritually

 

      BE PROUD (of them)

          “I’m proud of you”

               I’ve received reports that you are walking in the truth

               When I hear about your walk in the truth, I am filled with joy.

 

      BE POSITIVE

           "I’ve heard good reports about you”   

               Serving the church

               Showing hospitality to strangers

                                   

      BE PURPOSEFUL

            Keep the gospel at the center of your efforts

            Support genuine gospel ministers

                 Who preach Christ            

                 Who aren’t seeking money (from unbelievers)

            Your support makes you a fellow worker

 

      BE PRUDENT

            The “bad” example:  Diotrephes

                  Loves to be first

                  Doesn’t listen

                  Spreads dissent

                  Bullies others

            The “good” example:  Demetrius

                  Positive reputation

                  Faithfulness to the truth

                  Positive references from godly leaders

 

      BE PERSONAL

             Involved:  Many things to talk about

             Interested:  Hope to see you soon

             IInvested:  Want to see you face-to-face

 

      BE PEACEFUL

            Peace be to you

            My friends send you greetings

            Greet my friends there by name

                   
                   Christians are more often known
                   for our contentions and divisions,
          rather than our unity, peace and friendliness.

 

          YOU WILL NEVER INFLUENCE THE WORLD

                       BY BECOMING JUST LIKE IT

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