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Summary: This is the 12th study in the study "Light In The Darkness".

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WALKING IN EXAMPLE

3 John 1:1-14

We live in a world where people are looking for “role models”. Unfortunately, many of these “role models” are “Movie Stars” and “Super Star Athletes” that model evil. (I do realize that not all “Movie Stars” and “Super Star Athletes” are evil.)

The Church is no different. The people in the local congregations ought to be imitators of Christ; but often times they look more like the devil. We all live as an example to those around us. Sometimes that example is good and it helps those around you grow stronger in Christ. Sometimes that example is terrible and it gives those around you a reason to grow hardened hearts against Christ. If you are active in your local congregation that is wonderful; but does your life draw others to worship with you or to run away as fast as they can?

Our study in 3 John identifies 2 men of “good” example and 1 of “bad”. Through this study ask yourself, “Who am I more like, the “good” examples or the “bad”?

The Good Examples

3 John 1:1-8; 12-14

What did he do that made Him an exemplary believer?

1. He was faithful to the truth.

2. He continued to walk in the truth.

3. He worked together with other believers for the truth.

Demetrius

1. He had a good reputation within the congregation.

2. He had a good reputation with God.

3. He had a good reputation with believers outside of the local congregation.

The Bad Example

3 John 1:9-10

Diotrephes

1. He gossiped maliciously about John and other believers who were striving to be obedient to God.

2. He refused to welcome traveling Christians.

3. He stopped those in the congregation who wanted to welcome other believers and instead he had them “kicked out” of the congregation for doing so.

John sums up all three examples with one verse.

3 John 1:11

As Christians we are to imitate the things of God. Anything else falls short and leads to walking as a “bad example”. We must notice that Diotrephes was more concerned about being in charge and doing things his way than living as an obedient Christian. Diotrephes’ motto was, “My way or the highway”.

Which description of these three men fit you best at most times in your life?

Series: Light In The Darkness [#12]

Sunday Evening Bible Study October 26, 2003

Bel Aire Baptist Church


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