Bible Passage: 2 John; 3 John
Memory Verse: 2 John 1:6
Bible Truth
We should walk in truth.

Lesson Introduction:
John wrote three letters and today we are going to study out of the second and third letters!

This is an example of how a home in Ephesus might have looked. People would have regularly gathered together in homes like these to worship God. The early church did not have church buildings like we do today. They often met in people’s houses. In some countries churches meet in people’s houses, even today! The Books of 2 John and 3 John were written to a Christian woman (or congregation) and a man in Asia. These people probably met in a house for church. John wrote to remind the believers to love God and to obey Him. We should share God’s love by loving one another. We should walk in truth. When we do this, we live in a way that honors and pleases God. Let’s learn more!

Watch Joel’s video, and then continue below!

Discuss these questions together as a family:

Where did Joel travel to in today’s adventure?
What is important for a building to stay strong and last?
What foundation can we build our lives on?

Wow- a strong foundation can really make a difference!  Read 2 John 1:2-3 as a family. What an amazing way to begin a letter! John reminds his fellow believers that they have grace, mercy, peace, truth, and love. All who trust in Jesus enjoy those same gifts from God’s Holy Spirit. What a blessing! John wanted to make sure that people understood who Jesus was and how to live as true followers of Christ. John helped people understand truth and genuine faith. He encouraged people to do good. Read 2 John 1:5-6; 3 John 1:11 together. What does God tell us that we all should do? (Love one another.) How do we love others? What are some of the things we can do for others to show God’s love?(Possible answers: serve others, talk to a sad friend, listen to our parents) God reminds us to follow what is good and true. Sometimes, people share things that are not true. We should always go to the Bible for help. We can also ask a pastor or leader at our church to help explain things to us from the Bible. When we love God, we obey His commands. The Bible tells us how God wants us to live. When we walk in truth, we are living in a way that honors and pleases God. We should walk in truth.

Use these questions for more Bible study together as a family!

  1. What division is Revelation in? (Prophecy)
  2. What book comes before Revelation? (Jude)
  3. What island was John exiled to? (Patmos, Revelation 1:9)
  4. How did Jesus speak to John when John was exiled to Patmos? (Through a vision/revelation, Revelation 1:1)
  5. Name one of the seven churches Jesus had a message for. (Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea; Revelation 1:11)
  6. Which church needed to return to their first love—God? (Ephesus, Revelation 2:1-7)
  7. Which church did Jesus encourage to endure their suffering? (Smyrna, Revelation 2:8-11)
  8. Fill in the blank: Let anyone who has ears to hear _________. (Listen, Revelation 2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22)
  9. What did Jesus praise the church of Philadelphia for doing? (Obeying God, Revelation 3:7-13)
  10. Which church was lukewarm? (Laodicea, Revelation 3:14-22)

Use the bible story picture to engage your child as you tell them the story about the letters John wrote to the churches


Focus in on these Bible Story Nuggets as you are telling the story:

 John listened to Jesus.

John wrote letters to churches

John told the churches what Jesus said.


  1. What did John write? What are some of the things 
  2. John wrote to the churches?
  3. What did John say Jesus would do for the people who stayed true to Him?