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Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 237/260: Read 2 John

What does the word “transgress” mean? Looking at verse 9 in different Bible versions and paraphrases is eye-opening. Here’s a brief selection:

  • “Goes on ahead” (English Standard Version).
  • “Goes too far” (New American Standard Bible).
  • “Runs ahead” (New International Version).
  • “So progressive in his thinking that he walks out on the teaching of Christ” (The Message).

Give some thought to the way you live life, the way you serve Christ, and the way you worship God. Do you stick to His revealed will, or do you “go on ahead”? When it comes to the elements of worship, do you “go too far”? When you have a decision to make, do you pray to God or do you “run ahead”? Are you a person who is “so progressive in his thinking that he walks out on the teaching of Christ”?

Progressiveness is harmful to the church when it rejects, ignores, or contradicts revealed truth. It can be sobering to look at how we are living life in the light of God’s Word, but it is so important to be sure we are living according to His precepts.

Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)

1 John 5:4. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

Pray

Pray for the wisdom to live within the boundaries of God’s Word. Pray for strength to resist the temptation to “run ahead.”

Warning Against False Teachers

Warning Against False Teachers

2 John 9-11

I. WHAT IS “THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST”? (2 John 9)

    A. Is “the doctrine of Christ” exclusively “the doctrine about Christ”? No!
    B. Is “the doctrine of Christ” all that was taught by Christ? Yes! (John 12:48)

II. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “TRANSGRESS”? (2 John 9)

    A. “Goes on ahead” (ESV); “goes too far” (NASB); “runs ahead” (NIV); “so progressive in his thinking that he walks out on the teaching of Christ” (The Message)
    B. Progressiveness is harmful to the church when it rejects, ignores, or contradicts revealed truth (Colossians 3:17; Matthew 28:19-20)
    C. We need dedicated, active, soul-seeking disciples to fill this house (Romans 12:1-2; 2 John 8)

III. WE MUST BE VIGILANT AGAINST ERROR (2 John 10-11)

    A. John is talking about false teachers, just as Paul did in his letters (1 Timothy 4:2-3; 2 Timothy 3:2-7)
    B. We must not support false teachers (Titus 1:10-11)
    C. There are sound alternatives to Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, Joseph Prince, etc.

      1. Gospel Broadcasting Network on YouTube – youtube.com/user/GBNTV
      2. Radio stations such as WSOJ – wsoj.net