Sermon Discussion Questions

Sermon Discussion Questions

Interact/Small Group Questions (April 30)

  1. What do you think John meant when he prayed “all would go well” with Gaius?

  2. Read verses 3-4. What gives evidence of someone “walking in the truth?”

  3. In verses 5-8, what are the practical outcomes of walking in the truth?

  4. Christian hospitality in the first century was extremely important. What are some of the reasons why?

  5. We don’t know much about Diotrephas, except what’s written here. What conclusions can we draw from John’s description?

  6. What difficulties lay ahead for John when he visits the church that Gaius is a part of?

  7. How does verse 11 show that knowing God is more than just feelings or emotions?

  8. Despite the obvious conflict in the church of which Gaius belongs to, John ends his letter with “peace to you.” How does the church go about achieving this peace?

“That You May Be Certain” 3 John

Interact/Small Group Questions (April 23)

  1. In the first three verses, John mentions “truth” four times. What are the different aspects of truth that he refers to?

  2. In verse six, John equates love with obedience to God’s commands. Is this similar or different that your definition of love?

  3. Verse four commends the readers for walking in truth, yet in verse 8 they are told to watch out for the deceivers. If they are walking in truth, why do they need to be warned?

  4. According to verse 7, what is the “deceptive view?” What variations of this view are still present today?

  5. Explain verse 9. How does someone “run out ahead?”

  6. Verse 10-11 contain some pretty harsh warnings. How do you reconcile these verse with the earlier ones concerning love for one another?

  7. Taking the letter as a whole, what are John’s hopes for the community he is writing to? Do you share those hopes in our community today?

“That You May Be Certain” 1 John 2