October 19, 2020

Topic Day|3 John Introduction

Live in Truth

3 John 4

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I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Live in Truth



Key Verse | 3 John 4

 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Bio | Amanda Buccola

Hi! I'm Amanda Buccola. I have proudly worn the badge of "Christian" since I was four, but until I surrendered my will to Christ seven years ago, I acquired some less desirable badges: "Prideful," "Controlling," "Critical," "Approval-Seeking," and "Perfectionistic" to name a few.

God is in the process of renewing and refining my character to look more like His every day. I get to share my journey with single ladies as a Shepherd for community groups in Plano. But most of my time is spent with my husband Nick and our three kids!

Central Truth

Genuine faith is always accompanied by a life lived in truth and love.

Devotional | 3 John Introduction

If you were to ask my friends a few years ago, "how do you know that Amanda is a Christian?," you might have heard some of the following: "she goes to church," "she wears Watermark...

If you were to ask my friends a few years ago, "how do you know that Amanda is a Christian?," you might have heard some of the following: "she goes to church," "she wears Watermark t-shirts," or "her Facebook religion says 'Christian.'" But if you looked at my actions, there was very little evidence of a true relationship with Christ.

Proverbs 20:11 says, "Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright." The book of 3 John shows examples of men who were made known by their conduct. The first was the recipient of the letter, Gaius, who was commended for walking in the truth. John, the author, had no doubt that Gaius had an abiding relationship with God because of the way he loved fellow believers. That's a life lived in truth: actions that reflect professed beliefs.

Diotrophes was also made known by his conduct; but instead of revealing a genuine faith, his actions pointed to a corrupt character. Diotrophes was known for his pride. He rejected the apostles' authority, refused to offer hospitality to traveling believers, and even kicked out church members who did! He spread lies about fellow Christians and seemed to cause chaos wherever he went. This was someone who wore the church t-shirts. He must have held a position of authority to possess the power to expel church members. He was most likely proud of his "Christian" badge, but his actions told a different story, and John called it evil.

Watermark's senior pastor Todd Wagner often says, "We're saved by grace through faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone." In other words, genuine faith is always accompanied by a life lived in truth. We are all made known by our actions, no matter what our affiliations, t-shirts, or social media bios say.

I pray that the longer I walk with God, the more I'm recognized as His follower because of my actions. What would your friends say is the evidence of your faith?

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Discussion Questions

1. Do your actions reflect what you profess to believe?

2. What is one step you can take today to walk more fully in truth?

3. Who can you encourage today by telling them that their genuine faith brings you joy?

6 Comments available

Michael Scaman about 2 months ago

I think there is necessary fruit of salvation, evidence God at work in a person. It might not be what the world might think. James talks about righteous Lot and Hebrews about the faith of Barak. When you read the stories it might be easier to pick out problems in those people, but there are also areas God worked. No one is saved by their fruit. No one is saved without fruit.

Time for a song “Not in me” from “Songs from Luke” the Gospel Coalition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mXY3Y-1i-Y

Sue Bohlin about 2 months ago

Super devo, Amanda, thank you!

I love the key verse you chose. Now that our sons are both grown, I can appreciate the truth of this verse more than ever before. With 75% of young believers leaving the church and walking away from God after high school, I am so incredibly grateful that they both are walking in the light with Jesus. I do not take this blessing for granted.

Greg Jones about 2 months ago

John the Jewish disciple of Jewish Jesus a leader from the Jerusalem church writing to Gaius, a Roman name, about a problem with Diotrophes.

Diotrophes means nourished by Jupiter so I assume this is a Greek problem or Greek resistance to the Roman influence of Christianity that is forming.

Luke tells us of Greek Stephen’s execution in Jerusalem and doesn’t mention any protest from the Jerusalem church. In the book of Acts it’s where the story starts to shift, Paul is introduced and starts developing/encouraging the Greek interest in Jewish Yahweh inside the Roman Empire. Paul’s eventually arrested in Jerusalem and sent to Rome under arrest to be tried.

Many years after where the Acts story ends John is writing this letter to Gaius.

Hope Harris about 2 months ago

GM JTJ Family!

“Walking in the Truth.”

In my journey I have reached the place where I know and accept that the Bible is absolutely True and has the right to examine and evaluate my life and direct me how to live.

This means God’s word must have the final say in my life.

To walk in Truth is to be transparent, honest and authentic.

Hugh Stephenson about 2 months ago

Reflecting…

“Joy” is “chara”; cheerfulness, calm delight, gladness. I might add restful and/or pleasant; not high volume, jump up and down joy, (Matthew 11:28-30, Hebrews 12:1-3).

Some questions I ask myself:

How do they come to know the truth? I know the Sunday School Answer; (Thank you Bobby). It’s God’s Word, God’s Spirit and God’s people.

What’s the path? Extreme hardship? Debilitating consequences from succumbing to irresistible temptation?

Martin Luther notes: —“One Christian who has been tempted is worth a thousand [who have never been tempted].” Some note that Jesus’s temptation taught Him.

Thought provoking.

Gold coming out of a mine is not pure. Shiny, but not pure. It has to be heated to extreme temperatures to refine out the dross and get to 24k gold.

Extremely valuable. Irreplaceable. Can’t be manufactured. Can’t be faked.

Zechariah 13:9, 1 Peter 1:7, Isaiah 48:10, Malachi 3:3, Job 23:10, Proverbs 17:3

Michael Scaman about 2 months ago

Good contrast between Gaius and Diotrophes.

I think there is necessary fruit of salvation. Faith is the root, works are the fruit.

Colossians 1:5-6 puts the Colossians fruit going back to the day they ‘understood the grace of God in truth’.

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