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“Three Essential Ingredients” 2 John 02/11/2007 Dr. Dane Boyles. “Three Essential Ingredients”. Unlike 1 John, this brief letter is not a theological treatise but a reply to problems within the church. John’s main themes love and truth are used to support practical advice on Christian living.

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three essential ingredients
“Three Essential Ingredients”
  • Unlike 1 John, this brief letter is not a theological treatise but a reply to problems within the church.
  • John’s main themes love and truth are used to support practical advice on Christian living.
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“Three Essential Ingredients”
  • To Be Effective, a Sincere Truth Must Be Experienced.
    • The power of truth.

1The elder, To the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in the truth-and not I only, but also all who know the truth- (2 John 1, NIV)

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“Three Essential Ingredients”
  • The truth is so powerful that it can bring “all who know the truth” together on common ground.
  • It is that truth that brings us together.
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“Three Essential Ingredients”
  • The permanency of truth.

2because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever: (2 John 2, NIV)

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“Three Essential Ingredients”
  • Jesus is Living Truth.
  • The Bible is the written Truth.
  • The Truth will never change, nor will it be destroyed.
  • Once we have the Truth...we have it forever!
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“Three Essential Ingredients”
  • The product of truth.

3Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father's Son, will be with us in truth and love. (2 John 1:3, NIV)

    • Grace...God’s unmerited favor.
    • Mercy...mercy allows us to be forgiven.
    • Peace...the result of grace and mercy.
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“Three Essential Ingredients”
  • The practice of truth.

4 It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. (2 John 1:4, NIV)

    • When we receive the truth, we then should live the truth.
    • Truth must be experienced in our lives.
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“Three Essential Ingredients”
  • To Be Effective, Spiritual Love Must Be Expressed.

5And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. (2 John 5, NIV)

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“Three Essential Ingredients”

6And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. (2 John 6, NIV)

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“Three Essential Ingredients”
  • Love is very powerful.
    • Love moved the Father to send the Son.
    • Love moved the Son to save the sinner.
    • Love moves the saint to serve the Savior.
    • Love is very personal
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“Three Essential Ingredients”

5And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. (2 John 5)

  • As believers, we may not always agree.
  • But we must always love each other.
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“Three Essential Ingredients”
  • Love is very practical.
    • It’s not a new commandment.
    • It’s not a forced commandment
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“Three Essential Ingredients”
  • To Be Effective, Sound Doctrine Must Be Established.
    • No Christian can be stable without sound doctrine.
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“Three Essential Ingredients”
  • 42% of Americans think Jesus committed sins.
  • 25% of professing Christians say he was not sinless.
  • 61% of Americans think there are other ways to salvation besides faith in Christ.
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“Three Essential Ingredients”
  • The importance of sound doctrine told.
    • It’s important because of the deceivers we face.

7Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh; such is the deceitful one and the antichrist. (2 John 7, NAB).

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“Three Essential Ingredients”
  • It’s important because of the dangers that could follow.

8Look to yourselves that you do not lose what we worked for but may receive a full recompense. (2 John 8, NAB)

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“Three Essential Ingredients”
  • The instruction in sound doctrine taught.

11for whoever greets him shares in his evil works. (2 John 7-11, NAB)

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“Three Essential Ingredients”
  • He teaches how to tell deceivers.

9Anyone who is so “progressive” as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son. (2 John 9, NAB)

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“Three Essential Ingredients”
  • He teaches how to treat deceivers.

10If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him in your house or even greet him; (2 John 10, NAB)

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“Three Essential Ingredients”

Conclusion

  • For us to be effective as a local church we need to make sure that these three essentials are right.
  • If we want to be effective in the Christian Life, we need to remember these three things that are essential as well.

Truth, Love, and Doctrine