Personal letter

The Third Epistle of John is a personal letter sent by this elder to a man named Gaius.  He is recommending a group of Christians led by Demetrius, which had come to preach the gospel in the area where Gaius lived.  The purpose of the letter is to encourage and strengthen Gaius, and to warn him against Diotrephes, who refused to cooperate with the author of this letter.  What do you think about visiting preachers?

Personal letter

For the most part, this letter to the Thessalonians is personal in nature, with only the final two chapters spent addressing issues of doctrine, almost as an aside.  Paul’s main purpose in writing was to encourage and reassure the Christians in Thessalonica.  Paul urged them to go on working quietly while waiting in hope for the return of Jesus Christ.  Are you a reassured Christian?