Jesus + nothing
Week 3: Colossians 1:24-2:15
Life Group Questions:
- Have you ever agonized over someone who doesn’t know Christ? Or someone who knows Him but has chosen to walk away?
- How can we make sure we avoid syncretism in our own faith?
- Read Colossians 2:2-4. What is Paul’s goal in writing this letter?
- Read Colossians 2:4 & 2:8. What are some “fine-sounding” arguments and hollow and deceptive philosophies that try to deceive believers?
- Pastor Matt talked about being connected to the source of Christ. Read Colossians 2:6-7 to discuss how and why to be connected to Christ.
- Look at Colossians 2:9-10 to see how Jesus is fully God and fully man.
- What tangible steps is the Lord calling you to take to walk in Him?
- How can our group pray for you this week?
Sermon Notes and Scripture:
INTRO – [PAUL’S CREDIBILITY AMONG AND CONCERN FOR THE CHURCH] (1:24 – 2:1)
- TRUE KNOWLEDGE COMES IN KNOWING CHRIST (2:2-2:5, 2:8)
- WE COME FULLY ALIVE WHEN WE LIVE IN CHRIST (vs 2:6-7, 2:9-15)
Colossians 1:24-2:15 New International Version (NIV)
Paul’s Labor for the Church
24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
1 I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.
Spiritual Fullness in Christ
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self-ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by[c] Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.