Sermon Notes from "Gaius, Diotrephes, and Demetrius." Sermon by Keith Stell.
I. Gaius: a great commendation for a gospel witness
A. The gospel reproduces within the saints of God the message of Christ.
B. "Redeemed people live redeemed lives."
C. Christians will desire more and more to demonstrate the character of Jesus.
D. Christians will rightly discern Christ's presence in fellow believers.
II. Diotrephes: a strong correction for a tyrant
A. "Preeminence" is only found one other place in the New Testament: Col 1:18, which speaks of Christ.
B. If we seek our own preeminence, we will obscure the glory of Christ.
III. Demetrius: three questions for self-examination
A. What do mature Christians testify about my life?
B. What do the apostles testify about my life? (How does my life match up with the New Testament?)
C. What does Christ testify about your life? (Is my life Christ-exalting?)
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