Pastor BJ finishes his series on 3 John today. For many at Stonebridge this was the first time they have heard a series on 3 John; it was so meaningful and helpful. St John is really emphasizing the value of “the personal touch”. And Pastor BJ confirmed the value of picking up the phone or meeting in person rather than defaulting to an email, or SMS message, or Messaging. Some things are simply to valuable or important to communicated in any other way other than face-to-face.
It’s not uncommon for Christians today to look back romantically to the early church in New Testament times as being this wonderful, loving organization. John 3, as Pastor BJ explains, is written explicitly addressing what seems to be a bit of a power struggle in a church. Sounds familiar. The Apostle John is gently, yet firmly, addressing the situation, and Pastor BJ wants us to learn from it.
Pastor BJ continues his series in 3 John. A wonderful letter from St John to a disciple, a leader, an elder (?) with some encouraging words. Words that can encourage and instruct us today.
The third letter of St John is not often preached. This might be the first time it has been preached at Stonebridge Church! We are delighted that Pastor BJ Newman is preaching a 4-sermon series on this short letter. By this first sermon we know we will be helped, encouraged and we will learn about this special letter.