Beware of Religion (Colossians 2:16-23)

Tony FelichTony Felich, December 31, 2006
Part of the Exposition of Colossians series, preached at a Morning Worship service

Spiritual growth comes from a relationship comes from a relationship with Christ, not through outward adherence to religious practices.

I. The Theme of Colossians: The Supremacy of Christ

II. Spiritual growth comes from God through Christ

III. “Religion” threatens spiritual growth: Beware!
A. Old Ceremonial/Ritualistic Religion
B. New Ascetic Religion
C. Legalism cannot offer true victory over sin


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Colossians 2:16-23

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. (ESV)

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