Who Am I…Really: Diagnosing Diotrephes

Diagnosing Diotrephes

By Gary Krehbiel (Bennington Campus Pastor), originally preached on September 29, 2015.

 

Slide Show:

Main sermon text: 3 John 9-14

Diagnosing Diotrephes

John’s 3 Tests
Doctrinal – beliefs about Christ
Moral – following God’s commands
Social – loving other Christians

The SYMPTOMS
Loves to be first
Opposes John’s teaching
Spreads malicious nonsense
Refuses to welcome other believers
Stops others from doing so

A Healthy Believer
Walks in light – 1 John 1:5-2:2
Lives obediently, avoids sin – 1 John 2, 2 John 7-11
Tests truth and error – 1 John 2:18-27, 4:1-6, 2 John 1-7
Loves others – 1 John 3:11-18, 1 John 4
Has a consistent witness for Christ – 1 John 5
Has a confident prayer life – 1 John 5:14-16

The DIAGNOSIS
Arrogance

The CURE – 1 Peter 3:8
Humility