COlossians 2:16-23 [ESV]
16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.
20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— 21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.
01. Read Colossians 2:16-23. What immediately stands out to you? Does anything in this passage particularly confuse you, encourage you or convict you?
02. Have you ever felt judged in the way Colossians 2:16-23 describes? What was it over? If you’re honest: have you ever judged someone in the way Colossians 2:16-23 describes?
03. The Old Testament taught us to observe many things such as, keep the Sabbath; not to have tattoos; not to eat pork; not to wear a jumper mixed with both wool and cotton; and not to forget the Passover etc. Why, according to verse 17, are these no longer applicable?
04. How did Paul encourage the Colossians to practice their freedom in Christ? How can that encourage us today?
05. This week, what would it look like for you fully exercise your freedom in Christ? What do you need to stop depending on to gain God's favor?