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Lesson 5: The Spiritual Discipline of Imitation (3 John 11-12)

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“What am I supposed to do with this information?” It’s a question asked by a student who wants to know how to study for a test, by the recipient of gossip who wants to hold the gossiper accountable, and by the laborer who receives his co-worker’s memo by mistake. But John’s first readers may have also asked it when they got to this point of his letter. So far, they knew that Gaius was an example of a “good guy” and Diotrephes was definitely in the “bad guy” camp. So at this point, John said to them, “Here’s what you do—copy the good guy…oh, and consider one more: Demetrius.” Pastor Daniel echoes this by stating, “Imitate those who love and know the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff

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