The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.


When you see a word marked like *this, you will find the word explained in a Word List. You will find the list at the end of this article.



Here are a few words to help you to read the New Testament books of 2 and 3 John. 2 and 3 John are books that we call the “general letters.” Paul did not write these books. Other leaders in the early *church wrote them. They wrote these letters to help encourage the people of God. The New Testament includes eight of those letters.


After you read what the books of 2 and 3 John are about, you will find some verses to read. These verses will help you understand John. You will see what was important to him.


2 John


John wrote this short letter to warns his readers against false teachers. He tells the *churches how to protect themselves against them. He tells them that those who truly love God obey him as well.


3 John


This small letter tells people how to treat true teachers. Be generous and kind to them. Work together with them for the truth.


Reading 2 and 3 John
Verses to Get You Started


The truth will be with us forever.
2 John 2

We should always obey God’s commands.
2 John 5-6

False teachers are God’s enemies.
2 John 7-11

We are to help those who serve Jesus.
3 John 5-8

We must not act like those who do evil.
3 John 11-12


Word List

Church: A group of people who follow and believe in Jesus Christ. A meeting of those who believe in Jesus Christ.