III John

III John

Key Verse: III John 1:8 “We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.”

Key Words: Truth – found 7 times.

Theme: Truth and Love versus Pride and Strife.

Date: 90 A.D.

Writer: John the Apostle

Written to: Gaius – elder in the church.

From: Ephesus

The Book: Number in Bible – 64th Book of the Bible; Number of Chapters – 1; Number of versus – 14; Number in order of writing – 25th in the New Testament.


1) To Commend Gaius

2) To Warn of Diotrephes

3) To Commend Demetrius


1) The Concern of John (v. 1, 2)

2) The Compliment of Gaius (v. 3-8)

3) The Condemnation of Diotrephes (v. 9, 10)

4) The Commendation of Demetrius (v. 11, 12)

5) The Conclusion (v. 13, 14)


Introduction – The Elder, Seasoned Saint (white hair, wrinkled skin). Tried and tested, experienced and exposed, seen and heard

I. The practicing Christian and prospering (1-8) Gaius

  1. He is loved (beloved found 4 times) (v. 1, 2, 5, 11)
  2. He prospers (v.2)
  3. He walks in truth (v. 3, 4)
  4. He is faithful in labor (v. 5)
  5. He is unselfish (v. 7)

II. The proud Christian and problems (9-11) Diotrephes

  1. He is proud and self-centered (v. 9)
  2. He is critical and slanderous (v. 10)
  3. He lacks concern for brethren (v. 10)
  4. He influences and hinders others (v. 10)
  5. He wants the pre-eminence (v. 9)

III. The pleasant Christian and praise (12-14) Demetrius

  1. He is well-spoken of (v. 12)
  2. He turned from worship of Dianna
  3. He lived in truth (v. 12)


The emphasis of III John is:

1) Sincerity

2) Hospitality

3) Christian character

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