Imitators of the Truth

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Walking in the truth, which is to hold fast to the confession of who Christ Jesus is and the redemptive work he accomplished as God incarnate, is to bear the imitation of Christ particularly in the church. Two men are presented - Diotrophes, who loved the preeminence and did not walk in the truth; and Demetrius, who showed the imitation of Christ in his life in the church and walked in the truth. Hence God's imperative of 3John v.9 "do not imitate what is evil, but what is good."

Fellow Workers for the Truth

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A most significant means by which we can share in the ministry of the gospel is through hospitality. This is more than just being a friendly church, it is being a "fellow worker for the truth." Hospitality is care and kindness to brothers, strangers and servants of the Gospel. Hospitality is a grace all are called to share in, and has eternal consequences.

Guarding the Truth

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There is no dichotomy between being faithful to doctrine and truth, and the exercise of sincere love in the church. Truth, if not braced by love, becomes detached, dogmatic cold-hearted legalism; love, if not braced by truth, becomes lawless, self-indulgent, emotional nonsense. Together they present a church abiding in the doctrine of Christ. But how does a church guard the truth in love?