Message 14: The Final Move

Checkmate: What's Your Move? 1, 2, 3 John

By Pastor Chris Brown, April 06, 2024

Checkmate: The Final Move

A good move:

3 John, Acts 19:29, 20:4, 1 Corinthians 1:14, Romans 16:23

: Daily in the .

: Giving to not just ours.

: Seeing our life as God’s , not what I have been given.

A bad move:

3 John

: Looking out for and putting .

: Showing no or towards the .

: Bringing behind .

What will be our move?

John 13:34-35, 1 Peter 2:12, Philippians 2:14-16, Matthew 5:16, 9:37-38, John 4:35-36

: We would out the that we have for a year and four months.

: We would and everyone into what God has and .

: We would guard our and to reflect in all that we and .

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These questions are designed to help groups discuss the weekend teaching while building relationships with each other and applying God’s Word to our lives.

April 7, 2024 | 3 John


  1. Gaius and Diotrephes were written about by name in the Bible. If there was a 4 John, what is one sentence you’d want to be written about you?

  2. Chris asked us to consider the question, “How is your soul?” through the fruit of the Spirit. What was your immediate response to that question?

  3. What point or idea have you remembered most since hearing this weekend’s message?


  1. Re-read 3 John and notice the character traits John calls out in Gaius and Diotrephes. Where do you see Christ in these traits? I.e., how did Jesus model or not model these?

  2. Looking at those traits, what do you think that kind of life looked like for each of these men? How might they have carried themselves in their homes, jobs, or communities? What might it look like today if someone were described in this way?


  1. As you look at the traits of the two men, which one do you naturally tend to lean toward? Is there one you wish you leaned toward more?

  2. Have you ever been the recipient of extreme hospitality like Gaius’ or extreme selfishness like Diotrephes’? If so, what did you learn from that example that you want to emulate or avoid in your life?


  1. As we consider “our move,” what do you hope North Coast Church’s reputation will be to our surrounding communities? If you make up the church, what can you do in your day-to-day interactions with those around you to add to that reputation?

  2. Most of us find parts of culture difficult to understand or welcome with open arms. How do we prepare our hearts to be generous, hospitable, and welcoming as a church to reach people who may be different or push our buttons?