Colossians 2:8-3:4. So leave deceptive philosophy

Paul writes of Christian spirituality and the usual (deceptive) philosophy that undergirds other ways of life. The most potent wrongs we commit are the ones we can not or will not acknowledge but Paul teaches us to counter them by seeking Christ each day, setting our minds on things that he has achieved for us and putting to death the things that hinder our life in him. [Audio | Notes]

Michael Flynn


Colossians 2:8-3:4

For further thought

Q: It is difficult to pin down the details of the error that Paul is countering in Colossians. What are the key themes of the error in this passage?

Q: How is this different to the theme of the gospel of Jesus?

Q: Where in the history of the church have we engaged with the errors Paul writes of here?

Q: How can we live out 3:1-4 in our daily lives?

Q: What light does Hebrews 10:11-18 shed on our daily walk with Christ (NB verse 14)

Christian spirituality and its alternatives (talk outline)

  • Christian ministry / Deceptive ministry
  • Christian philosophy / Deceptive philosophy
  • Behaviour and spirituality

Grace and self salvation

The details vary, the deception doesn’t

Christian spirituality

  • Seek Christ
  • Set your mind
  • Put to death