No Detours! Teaching Guide by Deb Waterbury

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No Detours! Teaching Guide
Series: "Get in the Front Seat!" A Study of Colossians
Dr. Deb Waterbury
Colossians 2:1-23


Most of us pride ourselves on not being gullible. I know with my boys, I used to think that I’d always know if they were lying to me.  I’d even tell them not to do that because I would know. The truth is, I didn’t know. As a matter of fact, now that they are older, they tell me some of the things they used to do that I had no idea about. And I was so sure I could tell.

That was always an issue when I was teaching, too. Parents always believe their children over everyone else.  It doesn’t matter how incriminating the evidence, everyone else is lying but their child.

We are gullible.  All of us will fall for something sometime. All of us.  The sooner we realize that, the better off we will be.

The same holds true about our spiritual walks. The minute we think we are above or beyond deception, hang on because deception is most likely behind the next bend! None of us is immune to being deceived. There is only one fool proof way of staying off that road in terms of our Christianity, and that is to stay centered on Christ.

That is what this entire book is about. The Colossian church had been deceived and Paul was writing to them in an attempt to get them back on track. Chapter 2 addresses that precisely.

As we’ve already looked at the entirety of Chapter One, we know that it is about grounding the church in truth. As we come to Chapter Two, we’ll see that this chapter is about guarding the church from error.

And as seems to be Paul’s M.O., he begins with the truth before he talks about the lies.  I love how he does this.  The first verses set them up with truth and then the rest of the chapter reminds them of ways they might be deceived and to guard against those.

We’re going to look at this chapter in two sections: 1) The issue of delusion, verses 1-7, and 2) Assaults on the sufficiency of Christ, verses 8-23.

  •  The Issue of Delusion, verses 1-7

  •  How we can be deluded.

Before we look at how we can be deluded, as I stated earlier, we must all remember what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:12,

            Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.

No one is, in and of herself, impenetrable when it comes to being deceived or deluded.  We must all be on guard against that. 

And the biggest thing is that most of us aren’t in danger of being led astray by some far off cult or something. We’re pretty attuned to them. No, our biggest threat is from those deceits that are harder to put our finger on.  We listen to someone and f ...

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