Small Books – 3 John

Followers of Jesus must support one another, correct one another and stand firm in the face of opposition with integrity. In part 3 of Small Books with Big Messages, Pastor Dan Cox reads from 3 John 1-15.

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Study Notes

A Brief Introduction to 3 John

Author: The Apostle John

Date: Around AD 90

Recipient: Gaius

Purpose: To commend Gaius for his faithful support of the gospel and encourage him to     continue walking in the truth in the face of opposition

Some context first…

Understanding the Text

  • Greeting (vv. 1-4)
  • Support supporters of the truth (vv. 5-8)
  • Oppose opposers of the truth (vv. 9-10)
  • Imitate good (vv. 11-12)
  • Final greetings (vv. 13-15)

Applying the Text

  • Support faithful ministers of the gospel
  • Oppose troublemakers within the church
  • Follow good examples