Colossians 2:16-23 “Interrupted Connection”

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We live in an increasingly connected world.  Fueled by technological advances, information and communication are available instantaneously through the internet.  Whereas 100 years ago, an understanding of “lag time” in communication was recognized by the time it took for a written letter to travel a distance, “lag” is not measured in milliseconds between computer and server.  More importantly, when there is an interruption in connection, the results seem almost cataclysmic in our lives.

Paul continues strengthening the church in Colossae in their struggle against false teachings and resistance from within and outside the church.  Following his comments in verses 6-15, Paul encourages them not to allow the judgments or opinions of others sway their belief or the practice of their faith.  This is especially true, Paul says, if their religious commitment is centered more on tradition and less on God. For their part, tradition focused worship represents an interrupted connection to the head, which is Christ.

Questions to take home:

  1. How did you feel the last time you experienced an internet outage or your phone not working?  How about slow or lagging connections? How immediate was your reaction and what did you do about it?
  2. Have you ever felt disconnected or distant from God?  How did you feel in that situation? Compare your responses between question one and two.  Are you comfortable with how they match up? Would you change something? If so, how?
  3. What are some ways that you can better establish or secure your connection with Christ in your faith walk?  What is one step (make sure this step is specific and measurable) you are willing to take to move in that direction this week?