Today’s passage: 2 John 10-13
- If we know that a teacher is coming who does not abide in the teaching of Christ, we are not to allow them to into the participation of our worship.
- When these false teachers would come into the houses of the early churches, they would have a word or a message to share. God’s command to us is simple, don’t even let him into the house.
- When we welcome a false teacher into the “house” we become their accomplice, participating in their evil work.
- Ministry is richer and sweeter when done in the fellowship of real personal relationships. There are many great resources at our disposal in books, websites, podcasts, etc. But, none of those things on their own can give you what the local church can.
Questions to consider:
- What would be the equivalent in our setting today for this command to not receive a false teacher? How could we best apply this in our church services? Bible studies? Small groups for prayer? Etc.
- What is the difference between a person proclaiming a false gospel who claims to be a Christian and a person who does not claim to be a Christian? How would our hospitality and approach be different? How could the person who claims to be a Christian be more dangerous?
- How does personal relationship (Following Jesus together) make our joy “complete” in a way that individually studying, watching videos, or reading blogs can’t? Why is the local church so important for your growth? Why are you so important to your local church’s growth? What are some ways we can utilize all the good books, videos, and other resources together?