Feb. 9, 2020
In Colossians 2, Paul and Timothy directly address the false teaching that threatens to derail the Colossian church. This false teaching has elements of traditionalism, mysticism, and legalism—but all of these fall short of the gospel. At the end of the day, Jesus is truly all that we want and all that we need.
As you read through this passage, what are the good parts of each of these beliefs and practices? How do they become spiritually harmful when untethered from Jesus?
Do you tend more toward the traditionalist, the mystic, or the disciplined? Ask those in your group for their perspective. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each?
How does each element—Sabbath, festivals, angels, visions, and even rules—point us to Jesus? What harm comes when we elevate one of these things over Jesus?
What—if any—of these elements do the non-Christians in your life focus on? How does this clarity help you to share the gospel with them?
Pray that no matter your natural disposition or what things tend to grab your attention, you would approach those things with Jesus as central in your life.
Pray that the Spirit would help you to grow in your ability to share the gospel with people in your life who are focused/fixated on various things in life.