From the Sermon: Colossians 2:16-23
Preacher: Pastor Jon Needham
Scripture: Colossians 2:16-23
MAIN POINTS: 1)The Shadow, 2) The Substance, and 3) The Sufficiency of Christ
In our passage this week, Paul explains that the Old Testament ceremonial laws have all been fulfilled in Jesus’ death and resurrection. They are a shadow of what was to come, and Jesus is the substance that made up the shadow. Salvation comes through Christ alone, nothing else; therefore, we are not bound to ceremonial laws anymore. Does that mean the Old Testament is no longer necessary? Of course not! God’s law is still perfect and applicable and important.
Family Discussion Questions:
1. What’s something that surprised or confused you about this Bible passage?
2. How is the Old Testament law a shadow of Christ?
3. Why is the OT law still important? How do we know which laws still apply and
which ones do not?
4. What things are you tempted to judge others by?
5. Why can’t laws, rules, restrictions, or ceremonies stop the “indulgence of the
flesh”? What can stop it?
· Read the sermon summary together as a family. Build this into your normal routine, perhaps reading together around the table during a meal.
· There are five questions, each with a different theme. You can choose one night a week to go over all five, do a couple questions a few times a week, or discuss one question per day.
· Each question is meant to be a conversation starter. Model for your children how to answer these questions by sharing your own personal insights.
· Even if your conversations don’t go as planned, don’t be discouraged. ALL time spent talking about and reading God’s word is valuable!
· The more consistent you are in having these discussions, the more fruitful they will be. As this becomes part of your weekly rhythm, your kids will anticipate the questions and listen more attentively at church.
- 1 Corinthians 5:12-13
- Hebrews 9:11-12; 10:1-4, 14
- Galatians 3:19
Use these additional scriptures as daily reading. These are also a great way to help your children learn to locate passages in the Bible.
Attribute of God:
HEALER: Jesus is actively making all things new and healing the damage done to people and the world because of sin. One day, all will be restored to perfection.
We focus on a new attribute of God each week to discuss as a family. Use this time to discuss who God is, answer questions the kids
might have, and talk about what that week’s attribute means to each person in your family.
COMMUNITY: Spend some time this week praying for children in our community who are orphaned or in foster care.
Each week of the month has its own prayer theme: Church, Family, Community and Repentance. Use these themes to show your children how to pray. It can be helpful to add this to an already existing routine like at bedtime or when you’re in the car together.
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers,
toils and snares,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus
And grace will lead me home.
When we’ve been there ten
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s
Than when we’d first begun.
Each month we highlight a different song for you to sing together. Singing is an integral part of worship! Singing as a family helps teach the kids how to worship at church, and as they learn more songs, they will be able to participate more on Sunday mornings. You can practice your songs in the car, at the dinner table, when you wake up, or at bedtime! You can also check out our playlist on Spotify and sing along with your favorite worship songs.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;
against such things there is no law.’”
This is the same memory verse that the whole church is learning and it rotates monthly. Practice reciting it as a family each day at least once. Dinner time is a great opportunity to practice together.
New City Catechism:
Questions 19: Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favor?
Answer: Yes, God reconciles us to himself by a Redeemer.