Diotrephes Syndrome 2

Series: Handling Conflict
Presenter: Dave Anderson

This is a series based on 3 John 9-10 and the apostle John’s rebuke concerning Diotrephes. A study of this man’s character provides great insight into how one ought to and ought not to act as a Christian leader.



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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. What is the over-arching principle we find when we study the character of Diotrephes?
Don’t imitate evil, but imitate good (3 John 11).
2. What are the five antidotes to the Diotrephes syndrome?
Promote Jesus and consider others; put ourselves under authority; practice encouragement; practice hospitality; trust God to change people’s hearts.

Discuss It

  1. At the beginning of the message, the speaker shares a quote from Arnold Clinton. Read that quote and reflect on the tendencies to be a Diotrephes that you find in yourself. What are some things you can do to avoid becoming like Diotrephes?
  2. One of the antidotes to the Diotrephes syndrome is to put ourselves under authority. Elders are not exempt from this. What does it look like for elders to submit themselves to the authority of the eldership body? How would a spirit of submission manifest itself among a group of elders?

Apply It

  1. Reflect on 1 Peter 5:1-4. Compare and contrast this passage with the account of Diotrephes in 3 John 9-10.