Synopsis: In part one of today's message from our text today, the apostle John challenges us with the matter of prosperity in every aspect of life and with a specific standard by which the prayer for that kind of prosperity is given. How prosperous is your soul today? Is your soul prospering? How would you know if it is? What would that look like?
Synopsis: In part 2 of this message from 3 John 2-4, we discover two evidences of a soul that is prospering. If you would be spiritually prosperous in 2019, then these two evidences must be seen in our lives!
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: 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: Diotrephes was more influenced by the culture of his day than he was by the Word of God. His spirit and mindset is very much alive in modern day churches as well. From his life we learn two very important lessons that challenge us today.
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: 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: What makes for a good name? What is a good testimony? Our text this morning presents to us a portrait of what a good man looks like. The apostle John commends him to Gaius as a worthy role model to follow. So what made him stand out from the rest so that his life was worthy of imitation?