Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

Shadows and Experiences

Colossians 2:16-19


Colossians 2:16–19 (ESV)

16Therefore 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.

17These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

18Let 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,

19and 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.


1.     Why do you think we tend to be judgmental people when it comes to minor things like food and drink?  What is it about human nature that makes us so inclined?

2.     How can a believer toughen up and not allow himself/herself to be judged by others?  What are some concrete steps you can take to learn to say “I care about you, but it doesn’t matter to me what you think about me”?  What are the dangers of swinging to far the other way and becoming calloused to people whom God has called you to love?

3.     Shadows point to Christ and substance belongs to Christ.  How can you pursue a substantial life in everything that you do?  Maybe a brief look at Colossians 3 might help answer this question.

4.     What is the difference between Peter’s dream in Acts 10 and a dream that somebody might have today?  How should we treat each of them?  How should you respond to somebody who

5.     Spiritual growth comes from being attached to Christ like a body part is attached to the head.  But we are also attached to each other and cannot fully benefit from what Christ provides for us unless we are properly related to each other. What are some practical applications for this within our church family?