What seems to be a strange dialog between Jesus and a large group who wanted to make Him king ends with most of them quitting the path to eternal life! The key to understanding this verbal exchange is realizing that certain ideas are metaphors and in fact point to the cross.
Here in America, Obedience is kind of a taboo word. We are taught to be our own man or woman and submitting to anyone is a sign of weakness. But today we look at obedience from a biblical perspective. Our obedience to God and our leaders is the difference between and effective, ordered local church and a chaotic one. Our obedience will lead to the saving of our own lives and the lives of others.
Most people identify themselves with what they do for a living. They are a cook or carpenter. But Christians are not so because of what the do. It is actually the opposite. We understand who we are and "do" accordingly. But to "do" accordingly, we have to know who we are.
In this letter to a friend John commends followers and those who labor for the truth. He tells us that Christian hospitality is a great way to live in a "manner worthy of God." Next is a warning to a proud person contrasted with a brother with good testimony, and he concludes by expressing a desire to speak face to face, ending with peace and greetings.
In this letter, John is going to warn us of many of the same false teaching that John mentioned in his first letter and it is addressed to the elect lady and her children, with a focus on hospitality. To sum it up, John tells his children to walk in the truth, obey the commandments, love one another, and guard the teachings of Christ so that they will not be deceived by antichrist.
It is important to understand the culture and identity of who we are as a church. At Living Hope Family Church in Marana, we understand Jesus Christ has given to the believers people in leadership to build up the worldwide Church as well as the local Church in order to equip every believer with a part in working in the kingdom of God. We are ambassadors for Christ.
It is important to understand the culture and identity of who we are as a church. At Living Hope Family Church in Marana, our mission statement is to evangelize the lost, equip the saints, and empower them to step out into what God has called them to do. The first step is to evangelize. There is a world full of people who are living their life with no hope. It is our responsibility to share the gospel with them.