‘The ultimate in balancing acts’ (2 John 1-13)

In this short series called ‘Postcards from the past’ we come across this short letter of John the Apostle in which the writer urges his readers towards balance. Losing your balance can have terrible consequences in life and this is true also in the spiritual life. Sometimes, even sincere believers can go to extremes and get caught up in something that doesn’t help them grow in grace. So John speaks in his letter we know as 2 John, of truth and love, of teachability and discernment, of having an open and closed door, so that his readers (including us) might grow in Christ-likeness and service.

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: All Creatures of Our God
00:19 Introduction
00:37 Prayer
Song: By Faith
06:04 Bible reading: 1 John 2:18-29
Song: There is a Redeemer
08:04 Bible reading: 2 John 1-13
09:54 Sermon: 2 John 1-13
Song: May the Mind of Christ
31:30 Closing

‘Walking in truth and love’ (Rev Peter Phillips, 2 John 1-13)

Balance is so necessary in all of life, even and especially our theology which leads to daily practice. If our witness for Christ is to be effective and fruitful, 2 John 1-13 reminds us that truth and love need to be balanced. If not, the world will never hear what we have to say, nor will they notice the reality of Christ in our lives.