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Condemnation of Diotrephes

Condemnation of Diotrephes

The Apostle John condemned the unacceptable behavior of a man named Diotrophes, who exemplified the idea that a bad attitude plus a bad ego, left unchecked, equals chaos. Alistair Begg explains that the problem is not necessarily one of belief, but of behavior—a lifestyle that reflects an absence of relationship with Christ and His commands. Although counter to the modern culture of self-promotion, the Bible asks us to consider ourselves with sober judgment, especially when in positions of leadership.

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Walking In The Truth

The notion that there is objective, verifiable, fixed, universal, and defined truth is obsolete today, and the very idea of anything “absolute” is under attack. This opposition to truth is not new, for in every generation when the truth of Jesus Christ is declared and proclaimed, the evil one works to undermine it and sow seeds of confusion. In the books of 2 & 3 John, the Apostle John warned the first century Church— and all believers — about these dangers. John’s concern, shared by every shepherd since, was to see his spiritual children not only acknowledge the truth of the Gospel, but to walk in obedience to that truth.

In this series, Alistair Begg challenges us to avoid a counterfeit Christianity as we prioritize and defend the truth of the Gospel. A genuine Christian walk will be marked by the integrity, humility, and generosity of a life lived in response to God’s love and grace.

In the books of 2 & 3 John, the Apostle John warns the first century church and all believers since about these dangers. Rather than avoiding truth, he speaks of the absolute and universal truth that has been embodied in Jesus—the gospel that has been written down and left to us in the Bible by the apostles to be transmitted into the hands of another generation. And yet, John’s concern, and every shepherd’s concern since, is to see his spiritual children not just acknowledge this truth philosophically but to walk in this truth and its resulting love.

In our study, Walking in the Truth, Alistair Begg discusses the importance of the truth of the gospel and teaches us how to defend this truth. More importantly, your mind will be stirred by the truth, and your heart will be seasoned increasingly by the love of which the truth speaks.