3 John Study Questions

3 John

This epistle was written to commend Gaius for his generous hospitality to the brethren and Demetrius who had an excellent reputation. In contrast he singles out Diotrephes for his lack of hospitality, and his wicked deeds and words.

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3 John 1:1 The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
6 Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
7 Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.
9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.
11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
12 Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.
13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:
14 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.

  1. To whom is this epistle written? (1)

  2. What does John wish for his reader? (2)

  3. Why did John rejoice? (3-4)

  4. For what was Gaius commended? (3-6)

  5. By helping God’s servants on their journey what do we become? (6-8)

  6. What did Diotrephes love? (9)

  7. For what four things did John condemn Diotrephes? (10)

  8. How did John regard Demetrius? (12)

  9. How does III John end in a similar fashion to II John? (13-14)

  10. How were the friends to be greeted? (14)

Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever encountered a “power hungry” person in the church?

  2. When John says follow not that which is evil but that which is good, what persons could he be referring to?

  3. How would you compare II John with III John?


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