Compromise is everywhere. It’s a potential pitfall even for the most well-intentioned Christian. No wonder Paul reminds the Colossians to remember who they are in Christ. Affirming the life-changing benefits of a relationship with Jesus means we’re alert to even deceptive religious-sounding ideas—ideas and practices that constrict a believer’s freedom in Christ and replace it with legalism.

We’ve observed before in our Colossians study that it’s all about Jesus. In what sense is your life all about Jesus? What does that even mean for you?

The Colossian believers were surrounded by deceptive ideas. Read Col. 2:11-15. Note the specific benefits enjoyed by every believer in Jesus. (It’s an awesome list; make a few notes)

Only after Paul affirms who we are in Christ does he then tell us what to do. Read Col. 2:16-19. What are the practices Paul highlights?

Legalism is the deadly enemy of our freedom in Christ. What is legalism? Read Col. 2:20-23. What legalistic practices does this passage warn us about?

Why is legalism appealing to so many? In what ways have you moved from legalism to freedom in Christ?

Further Reading

Courageous Authenticity

We may have several roles we play in society: as a spouse, a parent, or a co-worker, to name a few. At the same time, there are cultural standards for what it means to be “good” at the various roles we find ourselves in. But these cultural standards are sometimes in...

New Life in Jesus Christ

Practical Christian living is built on the foundation of theological truth. Because we know that Jesus was raised from the dead, our identification with Him becomes real. This should lead us to see things from God’s perspective and to put His priorities for us into...

Look Out & Look Up

As we survey our current surroundings, we find a wealth of perspectives on “how the world works.” Which of these ideas we embrace will determine how we act and behave. The same was true in Colossians when Paul warned against “fine-sounding arguments” or “hollow and...

Moving Toward Maturity

Through Jesus, all things are reconciled to God. That doesn’t mean that all will be saved but that all are now savable. A believer who continually pursues Christ will grow and move toward maturity in Him. But some believers who ignore their need to mature will remain...

Jesus is the Point

It all points to Jesus. But for centuries Jesus has been a flashpoint for controversy. Some recognize Him for who He is while others reject Him outright. No single book of the Bible elevates and explains the person of Jesus quite like the Book of Colossians. And in...