Question and Answer Program No. 62

Stepen and Scott discuss questions phoned in by listeners. Please note that there is NO transcript available for this program.

These Friends Are Forever

As the Apostle John closes his brief letter in which he was just describing a godly man for us to emulate, his inspired words also reveal why he, John, is also worthy of imitation. Pastor Davey expounds upon these character traits of personal investment, personal influence, and personal interest in others, and why they matter. And he reminds us that when we treat our brothers and sisters in Christ like this, we become a beautiful reflection of our Lord's regard for us.

A Mile Wide and an Inch Deep

What kind of influence do we have as Christians today? Do we merely have a widespread presence but make no significant impact? The depth of our Christian impact depends on our action--and our actions are learned by imitation. Throughout the Bible, we are encouraged to emulate godly people and virtues, and we're warned against imitating evil. Here, the Apostle John introduces us to a specific role model who exemplifies qualities worth imitating, so we ourselves can be worthy of imitation, ultimately deepening the impact we have on the world.

The Devil in Diotrephes

Before the creation of the earth, the sin of pride caused separation from God. And since he was cast out of heaven, the prince of this world--Satan--has been using this insidious offense to establish a wedge between us and the Lord. In these verses from his short letter to a friend, the Apostle John warns us of a prideful church leader, describing five symptoms of pride so we can recognize this soul disease in others . . . and in ourselves.


A group of people working together can accomplish significantly more than when each person works alone. This is synergy. From the Apostle John's third letter from Ephesus, Pastor Davey expounds upon the call for Christians to work together--in synergy--to support each other. Specifically, as John writes, we are obligated to financially provide for the Lord's workers. But more than obligation, giving is our opportunity to joyfully join in the labor to further the Gospel.

How to Properly Hold the Rope

No matter where we live or what stage of life we're in, as believers we are called be ambassadors for Christ right where we're planted. Some are called to go -- often to the far reaches of the globe. But, as Pastor Davey explains here, even if we can't personally go out into the world to start an orphanage, preach to Muslims, or live in the jungles, we can become "rope-holders", supporting with prayers, finances, and encouragement those who do go.

Questions for the Heart

Third John is a personal letter between the great Apostle John and one of his closest friends, and it's astounding that the issues they faced haven't changed much over the past two millennia. As Pastor Davey unpacks the first four introductory verses, he raises five questions for which the answers are known only to each of us, respectively, and to God. So, let's use these promptings as a mirror for our souls and reflect upon how we are progressing in our own walk with the Lord.

Heart to Heart

Although John was the last living Apostle, authored several books of the Bible, and was even given a tour of heaven, he used the simple tools of paper and pen -- well, papyrus and reed -- to provide warm encouragement and rich instruction to the unnamed faithful woman in 2 John. Here, Pastor Davey summarizes the truths of John's postcard into seven key principles for us to apply as we show Christ's love to others through whatever gifts God has given us.

How to Handle a Heretic

As Christians living in a world of heretical teaching, we don't need to know about every false religion or belief, we just have to know the Truth. We must keep our eyes open to recognize the shiny distractions of the enemy. Moreover, as the Apostle John writes in these verses, we must shut our doors to those trying to convince us of another gospel. And we must close our wallets to them -- don't buy their books, watch their shows, etc. -- or we'll be helping to spread the lies.

This is NO Picnic

New believers often think that, because they’ve been saved, life from now on will be a picnic. The truth is, however, that the Christian walk is a battlefield, with pummeling enemy fire and hard-fought victories. Throughout Scripture we are charged to put on our armor and use every weapon the Lord has given us for battle with the enemy. Here, the Apostle John warns us to stay alert, so we don't lose the ground we've gained or forfeit our full reward in heaven.

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