Sermon Bible Study Guides

Matthew 28:18-20 - September 29th 2017

The Great Commission

Read Matthew 28:18-20

  1. Who is Jesus speaking to?
  2. What ground or reason does Jesus give for what he instructs them to do?
  3. What does he tell them to do?
    1. What are the specific components of the mission given to them?
    2. What are the parts of making disciples?
  4.   What encouragement does he give them?


  1. How does who Jesus was addressing inform who is meant to carry out this commission? Who should today be leading in making disciples of all nations?
  2. How can you be involved in making disciples?
  3. What encouragements can we take from what Jesus says here as we make disciples?
  4. What is the relationship of baptism to making disciples? How should that shape the way we think about making disciples (Hint: Consider how Matt 16 and Matt 18 might inform the meaning of this passage).

in 3 John

3 John - September 22nd

Walk in truth by showing love to the family of God


Read 3 John 1-4

  1. Who is the author writing to and how does he feel about them?
  2. Why does he feel that way about him? Who else does he feel this way towards?


  1. How do you respond to testimonies of God’s work in other Christians? What practical steps could you take to help you respond with rejoicing more consistently?
  2. What simple step can you take to help encourage other Christians, based off this text?

Read 3 John 5-12

  1. What faithful thing has Gaius done? Why does John say it is important for him to do this?
  2. What is the result of Gaius’s support of these brothers?
  3. What is Diotrophes doing?
  4. What does John say Gaius should and shouldn’t imitate? Who are the examples of who to imitate and who not to imitate?


  1. What does John’s responses to Gaius and Diotrophes teach us about how we should engage with others in the church?
  2. What practical ways could you become fellow workers for the truth with other believers?

Read 3 John 13-15

  1. How does John conclude the letter?
  2. What does John seem to value in the way he concludes?


  1. What would need to change in the way you think about fellow Christians in order for you to speak about fellow believers in the same way as John?
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