Love To Belong

SERMON NOTES
Rev. Mat Grover
Small But Mighty
3 John

“Love To Belong”

3rd  John is the smallest book in the entire Bible. Although, 2nd John has fewer verses (13), 3rd John contains only 219 words, as compared to 2nd John at 245 words.

In each of the 3 John Letters, the author is reacting to a conflict within a number of house churches. 1st John writes to the group of churches confirming the teachings of Jesus and the truth that Jesus is Israel’s Messiah. 2nd John is a letter to a specific house church warning them about corrupt teachers that might try and infiltrate their community. 3rd John is addressed to a specific person, warning against a particular leader who is perpetuating the lies, and refusing to collaborate with John.

3rd John
I. Opening (verses 1-4)
- Greeting Gaius
- Praying for Health, Rejoicing in Truth

II.  Body (verses 5-12)
- Supporting God’s Missionaries
- Condemning Diotrephes
- Commending Demetrius

III.  Closing (verses 13-15)
- Regrets, Hopes and Greetings

“The Christian family circle should always be wide enough to have a place for strangers, wherever they come from.” – William Barclay

Homework:

What does it mean for us to walk in the light?

What are the ways that we as a church and as individuals are working towards Jesus like hospitality?

 

Forgiveness Is Everything

Sermon Notes
Small but Mighty
Rev. Mat Grover
Philemon

“Forgiveness Is Everything”

Paul’s Epistle to Philemon is the apostle’s shortest writing.  It is only 25 verses containing 335 words. There are only three books in the entire Bible that are smaller. 

Paul’s message to Philemon was a simple one: based on the work of love and forgiveness that had been wrought in Philemon’s heart by God, show the same to the escaped and now believing slave Onesimus.

Outline of Philemon:
Philemon 1-3: Opening greetings
Philemon 4-7: Philemon is commended for his faith and charity
Philemon 8-20: Paul’s request regarding Onesimus
Philemon 21-22: Paul’s expectation to visit
Philemon 23-25: Concluding words and benediction

The letter to Philemon reminds us that God’s revelation to humanity is intensely personal. Philemon stands as one piece of strong evidence revealing that lofty doctrines such as the love of God, forgiveness in Christ, or the inherent dignity of humanity have real and pertinent impact in everyday life. The book of Philemon illustrates that principles like these can and should profoundly affect the lives of believers.

Homework:
In what areas in your life do you need to ask for forgiveness?

Where do you need to seek reconciliation?

 

God Who Is Able

Sermon Notes
Small But Mighty
Rev. Mat Grover
Jude 24-25

“God Who Is Able”

The four smallest books of the New Testament are Jude, Philemon, 2 John, 3 John.  Jude contains 461 words in 25 verses. 

Jude 20-25
“24Now to God Who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, 25to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (NIV)

God who is able: 
Romans 16:25 — God Who is able to strengthen us.

Ephesians 3:20 — God Who is able to do more than we ask or imagine.

Jude — God Who is able to make us sure footed, blameless, bring us into His presence.

“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.  “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe.  But he’s good.  He’s the King, I tell you!”

-C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe