Colossians 2:  Our Absolute Freedom in Christ

1. What other city in that area was Paul concerned about?  (2:1)

2. What are the “riches” Paul speaks of in 2:2?

3. According to 2:2, what was Paul’s desire for them?

Personnel File:
Describe a situation in which the Lord used you to encourage or comfort someone.

4. According to 2:3, what is “hidden” in Jesus?

5.  Define “ spoil .”  (2:8)

6. Define “ enticing. ”  (2:4)

7. In what way was Paul “present” with the Colossians?  (2:5)

8. What warning does Paul give in 2:7?

9. In 2:7, how does Paul compare a Christian to a plant or a tree?

10. Do we become “ rooted and grounded ” the instant we get saved? Explain.

Personnel File:
In what way(s) are you more stable in your Christian walk now than a year ago?

Personnel File:
Think of a person you know who always seems to be overflowing with thankfulness.

11. Summarize the powerful illustration of stability in the Christian life
    which Jesus gives in Matthew 7:24-27.

12. In Chapter 2, Paul warns of the dangers of Gnosticism.
        Look up this concept and summarize this belief-system.

13. How could mixing Christianity and Gnosticism cause confusion?

14. Define “ rudiments .”

15. Read Colossians 3:16, and explain the best way to avoid being “led away”
          by false teachings.
16.  In 2:18, Paul warns about perverted philosophies of life.
      The Greeks and Romans believed their lives were ruled by the stars and planets.
          What dangers await Christians in the 21st century
              concerning New Age, Astrology, etc?

17. What other dangers threaten Christians today?

18. Why did Paul sense that vain (empty) tradition is dangerous for Christians to practice?

19. What dwells in Christ?  (2:9)

Personnel File:
In Colossians 2:8-9, Paul writes of the “fullness of Christ.”
    Because of Him, in what specific way is your life more full than ever before?

Personnel File:
Read 2:9. How would you finish this sentence if you were not a Christian?
      “I would feel fulfilled if only….…”

20. What should being “rooted and grounded” bring forth in our hearts? (2:7)

21. According to 2:10, what is Christ the Head of? 

22. Read Galatians 5:6 and Colossians 2:11.
    Physical circumcision was an act of obedience and dedication to God.
        How are we as Christians “circumcised by Christ”?

23. Paul makes it clear in 2:11-13 that circumcision doesn’t save us. What does?

24. According to 2:12, in what way are we “buried with Christ”?

25. How is water baptism a sign of our dedication to God?  (2:12)

26. In 2:12, what does Paul compare with water baptism?

27. According to Acts 13:39 and Colossians 2:12-13, why do Christians not follow
          the laws and ordinances of Moses?

28. According to 2:13, what did Jesus do for you?

29. What did Jesus “blot out?”  (2:14)

30.  Define “ ordinances. ”  (2:14)

31. Colossians 2:14 speaks of the debt we owe to God because of our sins.
      According to this verse, how and where did Jesus cancel our debt?

32. Explain the first five words of Galatians 2:20.

33. What did Jesus do with your sins?  (2:14)

34. From 2:10-14, list some things which the Christian enjoys.

35. Read Ephesians 6:12 and Colossians 2:15.
      Who or what are the “principalities and powers” which Jesus triumphed over?

Personnel File:
Read 2:9-15 and insert your name each time Paul writes “you” or “us.” 
            How does this makes you feel?

36.  Define “ beguile. ” (2:18)

37.  Define “ dogma, ” using a Webster’s dictionary.

38. According to 2:26, what laws do I not need to observe?

39. According to Hebrews 1:6 and Colossians 2:18, who are Christians not to worship?
            Why? Read also Hebrews 1:4 and 1:13.

40. Many people try to “earn” their salvation by adding rules and regulations to Christianity.
            List some examples of this.  (2:18)

41. What is “different” about persons who are trapped in a cult?  (2:18) 
        In general, what have you observed about cultists?

42. In 2:22, the doctrine of Christ is contrasted with the doctrines of whom?

43. Why are man-made, unscriptural regulations dangerous?  (2:20-22)

Personnel File:
Ponder a time when an unscriptural rule was forced upon you.

44. Can a Christian be a strict vegetarian?  If so, why? 
          How can other rules and regulations concerning food or holy days
                cause confusion in the lives of believers? Explain.

Maxim of the Moment

Raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed. - Mia Hamm