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The Sunday School Lesson Outline

May 3 Lesson 10 WORK TOGETHER FOR THE TRUTH
DEVOTIONAL READING: 2 Timothy 2:14–19 BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: 3 John

3 JOHN
1 The elder unto the well beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prosper. 3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
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5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
6 Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
7 Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow helpers to the truth.
9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence…

The International Sunday School Lesson

Lesson for May 3, 2015Work Together for the Truth3 JohnThis treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson is written by Sam E. Stone, former editor of CHRISTIAN STANDARD. It is published in the April 26 issue of The Lookout magazine, and is also available online at www.lookoutmag.com. ______ By Sam E. Stone  The three short letters sent from the apostle John to first-century Christians were likely all written about the same time. Reading 3 John, the shortest book in the Bible, we see that it is similar to 2 John, but it is more specific in naming the individuals involved. Salutation | 3 John 1 The addressee, Gaius, is a friend of John’s and a leader in the church. Several other people by that name are also mentioned in the New Testament, but we don’t know which, if any, is this Gaius. He is called dear friend and in some versions beloved, a title John had used earlier in 1 John. Message | 3 John 2-12 Truth mattered to John. It did to Gaius also. This was evident because he continue…

Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary (with Supplemental Lectionary)

SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015 | EASTER
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
YEAR B

             First Reading       Acts 8:26–40
             First Reading       Acts 16:11–15 (Supplemental)
             Psalm       Psalm 67
             New Testament       1 John 3:18–24
             Gospel       John 15:1–8


Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary (with Supplemental Lectionary). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015 | EASTER
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
YEAR B

             First Reading       Acts 8:26–40
             Psalm       Psalm 22:25–31 (UMH 752)
             New Testament       1 John 4:7–21
             Gospel       John 15:1–8


Vanderbilt Divinity Library. United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Catholic Lectionary

SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015 | EASTER
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
YEAR B | ROMAN MISSAL

              First Reading       Acts 9:26–31
              Response       Psalm 22:26a
              Psalm       Psalm 22:26–28, 30–32
              Second Reading       1 John 3:18–24
              Gospel Acclamation       John 15:4a, 5b
              Gospel       John 15:1–8


Catholic Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015 | EASTER
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
YEAR B

             First Reading       Acts 8:26–40
             Psalm       Psalm 150
             Epistle       1 John 4:1–11 (12–21)
             Gospel       John 15:1–8


Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

The Episcopal Church

SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015 | EASTER
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
YEAR 1

             Psalms (Morning)       Psalm 24, 29
             Psalms (Evening)       Psalm 8, 84
             Old Testament       Wisdom of Solomon 7:22–8:1
             New Testament       2 Thessalonians 2:13–17
             Gospel       Matthew 7:7–14


The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.