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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Personal Not Private Message Outline

Personal Not Private Outline
2 John 
Face Time, Part 1

Joy results from personally pursuing love and truth through a specific local church.

What is the path to pursuing joy when there is so much happening to us and around us that is discouraging

1. Pursue a love and truth driven ministry

2 John 1–3 (ESV) The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth, because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever: Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love. 

2. Protect yourself and others through truth and love

2 John 4–11 (ESV) I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 1If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11 for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked work.

3. Participate face to face

2 John 12–13 (ESV) 12 Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete. 13 The children of your elect sister greet you

Questions to guide further study on this passage:
• Discuss the biblical concept of an elder? 
• The best interpretation of “elect lady” is that John is speaking of a specific local church? What evidence do you see that backs up that interpretation? What might argue against this view? Why does it matter?
• Note how many times John uses the word “truth” in this short letter. What is the significance of this? 
• What does it mean to walk in the truth? How would you be helped to actually use this phrase to shape your thinking about how you live the Christian life?
• It’s not surprising that John is emphasizing truth when he is going to talk about watching out for false teachers, but why do you think he also emphasizes love as preparation for responding to false teachers? 
• Discuss the meaning of all three phrases in verse 8: “watch yourselves”, “so that you many not lose what we have worked for” and, “but may win a full reward.”
• Discuss the practical application now of verse 11. 
• Discuss the significance of John’s desire to speak to his readers face to face? What are the implications for our individual lives and collective ministries? How does our obsession with technology (smartphones, etc.) affect this?

Supporting resources:

Probe the Bible with Questions by Rick Warren 

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