Today’s Pulpit Points message “Walking In The Truth” by Pastor DeWayne Cason. In his third epistle, the Apostle John presents three members of the first century Church who were challenged to walk in the truth of God’s Word, Gaius, Diotrephes and Demetrius. As it was in the first century, it is the Churches obligation to know and to live the truth in love. In this epistle, truth was an issue in a local congregation. There were those who lived in truth and those who did not.
- Commendation for Walking in Truth – 3rd John 1:1-8
- Condemnation for Perverting Truth – 3rd John 1:9-11
- Commendation for Living the Truth, 3rd John 1:12-14
The lives of the three church leaders in John’s letter underscores the importance of walking in the truth of the Gospel. Gaius and Demetrius are faithful Christians who walk in the truth and are highly praised and blessed by John. Diotrephes, in contrast, is a member of the church in a position of authority but is walking contrary to the truth. We are to imitate the examples of those who walk in line with the Gospel of truth. And we must become discerning enough to be aware of those leaders whose behavior is like that of Diotrephes, so far from the great example of servanthood that Jesus taught. We should be helping the Kingdom rather than living contrary to the truth.