Synopsis: Have you ever wondered why some churches support missionaries to go preach the gospel in various places throughout the U.S. and overseas? Is someone were to question you as to what is the biblical basis for supporting missionaries financially and materially, could you point to any passage of Scripture? These two final characteristics of Gaius' life together present the summary message of our text: The support of traveling Christian workers/missionaries is both noble and needed.
Synopsis: The number of people who commit suicide after experiencing the fame and fortune of worldly success is astonishing. They and many others have proven the truth of what Solomon said in Ecclesiastes - a man's prosperity and pleasure does not bring lasting satisfaction and fulfillment! Society has taught us what its definition of a prosperous life is, and it has deceived us. While prosperity has ruined a lot of people, it does not ruin the man who sees God as His greatest treasure! We must "learn from above how to live life below." Gaius is a great illustration of that! If we would be genuinely prosperous people, regardless of where we are on the social, economic or relational spectrum, we must embrace the same perspective of life Gaius had!
Synopsis: Identifying this man named Gaius is not as important as identifying the reasons for John's commendation of his life mentioned in vv. 1-8. Gaius' life was characterized by four qualities that each of us would do well to imitate today. This message covers just one of those qualities--walking in the truth.
Synopsis: In this shortest of all NT books, the last surviving member of the original twelve disciples whom Jesus personally handpicked and trained for gospel ministry, delivers only one command in his letter to Gaius. Its message can be summarized this way: the person you choose as your role model and after whom you pattern your life, must possess and display Christ-like character since one's testimony is critically important!
Synopsis: Fellowship with God assumes a separation from the enemies of God; a separation from deceivers and false teachers whom the apostle labels as "antichrist." We are to refuse fellowship with them. So what do you do when they come to your home or invite you to participate with them in religious activity?
Synopsis: In this second half of John's second epistle, He gives warning about false teachers/deceivers. We are to reject their deceptions (v. 7), reject their influence (v. 8) and recognize the consequences of God's truth and their error (v. 9). John calls born-again believers to refuse fellowship with them. What is the key test that reveals they have gone beyond what God teaches and become progressive in their teaching? Does it really matter what one believes about Christ?
Synopsis: Verse 8 presents the second danger for which the Apostle John issues a warning. From the first verbal command in this epistle, our text today is a call for guard duty. Verse 8 also presents a two-fold purpose for the issuance of this call to personal vigilance against false teachers/deceivers and their false teachings.
Synopsis: If we are to correctly deal with deceivers/false teachers, not only must we be able to identify them, but we must understand the seriousness of the threat they pose to us as individuals and as a church. The seriousness of their threat is seen by the level of their commitment and by their confession.
Synopsis: Today we cover the third key truth this short second epistle of John covers: Truth and Love call for discernment of those that claim to be teachers of God. We also look at the connecting link between the commands John gives in vv. 5-6 and the warnings he gives in vv. 7-11. How does love and truth related to false teachers and their false teachings?
Synopsis: Can you give me an example of two things that are inseparable? God gives us two -- truth and love. Society considers them to be two totally separate, non-related virtues! But notice what God has to say in today's text!
Synopsis: Our culture has its own definition of "love" and "truth" which are contrary to God's. Is there any connection between these two concepts? If so, what is it? If we are to have a vibrant, well-balanced Christian character, these two characteristics of God must be expressed as He intended. Both of these virtues are also essential for a well-balanced, healthy Church ministry and come from only one source.
Synopsis: Have any of these thoughts ever crossed your mind? I sure hope my prayer made it up to Heaven! I feel like my prayers are just bouncing off the ceiling and coming right back down. There's no way God is going to answer my prayer; He is too far away to even bother with me. Well, here's great encouragement and truth from God's Word to help you correct your thinking!
Synopsis: When it comes to the matter of our assurance of salvation, it is important we understand the difference between two related terms: security and assurance. It is also important we remember the basis of our assurance lies not in the evidences seen in our lives but upon the Word of God and the total sufficient of the merit of Christ's person and work to secure for us an eternal acceptance with the Father.
Synopsis: Just like in chemistry when certain elements or compounds react with one another and always produce the same result, so whenever a born-again believer comes in contact with and interacts with God, that real fellowship always produces godliness. Fellowship with God never produces sinful living.
Synopsis: Genuine fellowship with God bears this characteristic: it is joyful! Unfortunately, many born-again believers are not experiencing this joy. Why not? Find out in today's message from 1 John 1!
Synopsis: Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is. Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is in fellowship with God. As we survey the epistles of John, we find four characteristics about a person's fellowship with God. Today we cover the first one. Is it characteristic of your claim?
Synopsis: One of the great statements in all of the Bible is this one from 1 John 4:17: "as He is, so are we in this world." What is true of Christ now is what is true of us who are born-again now! And what is true of both is what gives us the third reason the believing sinner can even have fellowship with God through Christ; it explains how it is that we can enjoy that fellowship with God through Christ!
Synopsis: 1 John 3:9 has caused a good bit of trouble and concern to many believers who have read it. Yet this verse actually reveals one reason why we can enjoy fellowship with God! It's really exciting once you see what this verse is really saying!