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Colossians Study: Foolish Philosophies

[Colossians 2:1-15]

Fooled by fancy talk / persuasive speech / well-crafted arguments / enticing words / smooth rhetoric / nice-sounding words / wild-goose chase (v. 4) – speech adapted to persuade, speech to lead others into error

“Don’t let anyone fool you by using senseless arguments. These arguments may SOUND WISE, but they are ONLY HUMAN TEACHINGS. They come from the POWERS OF THIS WORLD and NOT FROM CHRIST.” [CEV]

captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy [NIV]

Captive – ignorant of TRUTH – of Word of God – sulagógeó “to carry off as spoil” like a predator carrying off prey

Remember:

  • You belong to Christ (v. 9)
  • Christ is over every power and authority (v. 9)
  • You have been raised to life through faith (v. 12)
  • Your sins have been forgiven (v. 13)
  • The charges have been wiped out (v. 14)
  • With Christ alone, we have victory (v. 15)

“What is the best safe-guard against false teaching? Beyond all doubt the regular study of the word of God, with prayer for the teaching of the Holy Spirit. The Bible was given to be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). The man who reads it aright will never be allowed greatly to err. It is neglect of the Bible which makes so many a prey to the first false teacher whom they hear. They would have us believe that “they are not learned, and do not pretend to have decided opinions.” The plain truth is that they are lazy and idle about reading the Bible, and do not like the trouble of thinking for themselves. Nothing supplies false prophets with followers so much as spiritual sloth under a cloak of humility.”J.C. Ryle

Bible Study Questions:

1) Paul uses the term “wonderfully blessed” or “full riches” or “wealth” in verse 2:2. What is Paul saying gives us this wealth or full riches—why or how are we wonderfully blessed?

2) Paul used the term “mystery” and said that Christ was the key to God’s mystery (v. 2). This term “mystery” was used a lot by the false teachers at that time. Some people believed there was a high level of hidden knowledge one could achieve by particular actions. What does Colossians 2:2-3 say about Christ and this mystery?

3) Paul makes it clear that we are to never stand still. Read Colossians 2:6-8. What does this mean for us?

4) Other religions attempt to figure out what problems people have and then how to solve those problems. Christianity is different. The Gospel wisdom is backwards from the worldly wisdom. How?

5) Read Colossians 2:15. The verse uses the word “disarm” or “defeated.” What does this mean when it says Christ defeated or disarmed all powers and forces?

This is one part of a 12-week Sermon Series and Bible Study focused on Colossians. The 12 weeks include:

Gospel Truth
Will of God
Lord of All
Ministry to Maturity
Foolish Philosophies
Men of Rules
Realities of Heaven
Taking Responsibility
Godly Living
Worship Work
Good Words
True Forgiveness

Folly Hands

Did you ever hear about Lady Wisdom and Sir Fool? “Lady Wisdom builds a lovely home; Sir Fool comes along and tears it down brick by brick” (MSG). How does one build a lovely home? How does a woman build a great household? Only with a strong foundation. A Strong Foundation.

We have the opportunity to build our life on the Rock or to build our life on something else. If we build upon the Rock, the storms can rage around us but the house will stand. If we build upon the Rock, it doesn’t matter what comes blowing on by because the house will not be moved. If we build on the sand, if we build our life as Sir Fool, we place our lives on the foundation of something other than Jesus. When the cookies crumble, oh how they crumble. A small breeze will knock us down. A storm will come and the house will fall, and it will be a great fall.

Folly hands are not hands that I wish to have anymore. I remember days when those were my hands. I remember when I tried to control everything. I remember when my foundation was myself. I remember when my foundation was money. I remember when my foundation was pleasure. I remember when my foundation was lies. Folly tears down brick by brick. Praise the Lord, He builds us up strong in Him. By His Truth and through His grace and because of His love, we can embrace Him and build on His Solid Foundation. Nothing will shake us. Nothing will break us. Nothing will snatch us from His hands.

“The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.” – Proverbs 14:1 [ESV]

As Empty as Wind

We read in Isaiah that the idols are “empty as the wind.” When we think of wind, you don’t see anything there. It’s this movement of air. You can’t see it. The only reason you can tell the air is moving is because you see trees dancing in the wind or lightweight objects like leaves are carried by the strength of the wind. Or perhaps you feel the air blowing on your skin or through your hair.

The Bible says that idols are “foolish, worthless things.” When we think of idols, we often think of the man-made items that the people in biblical times worshiped. We read about different gods they worshiped that were made of wood or other materials and looked like an animal. But man-made idols can be anything that takes the place of God.

Ecclesiastes speaks of chasing the wind. Solomon writes of everything being meaningless. But what does that mean? Is everything meaningless? Is life meaningless? Not at all. Solomon understood that meaning could only be found in God.  The idols we have on this earth—for some people it is money, a career, family, a particular person, gambling, etc—are all foolish, worthless things that cannot do a thing for us. With Jesus Christ we find meaning. There is no emptiness; there is only fullness. He satisfies completely. He makes whole. He completes.

“See, they are all foolish, worthless things. All your idols are as empty as the wind.” – Isaiah 41:29 [NLT]

 

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Spouting Off

Whenever there is a trial, the courtroom hears both sides of the case before the judge or jury makes the decision. The facts are presented and looked at closely. Even so, there are many people who listen to some pieces of the case and immediately say their piece. They spout off before even hearing everything. Then as the case is presented and the truth is revealed, they look foolish.

This happens a lot today because so much information is available via media outlets. We get news through tweets. We read the headline of the Facebook link without reading the article and immediately form an opinion. Go to a newspaper or media outlet on Facebook. Look at one of the statuses posted about a criminal act or disputable law. Read the comments. Most people never read the article. Most people do not know the facts. They read the one or two lines they can see and start “spouting off.” They look very “foolish” and some people even point it out.

If you are always “spouting off” no one wants to hear what you have to say because they know you do not check into things. How can they trust anything you say? Your words become just meaningless words. There’s then no way for you to point them to Christ. They won’t listen to you because you are always spouting off about things. You never listen to facts. What you say becomes irrelevant. Listen to facts. Look for truth. Don’t just spout off. There’s too much of that going on today. We all need to hear some truth!

“Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.” – Proverbs 18:13 [NLT]

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Both the Same

As I was reading Job, I could not help but stop on the phrase, but both are buried in the same dust” because I think it is something forgotten by so many people today. You do not have to look around much to see people who think that they are better than others. The world is full of people who think that they are better than other people. If we look at society, we will find that many people feel they deserve the world handed to them on a silver platter. The world owes them something. If the person gets something, it’s something they deserved or earned. If someone else gets something, they got lucky or were blessed.

Having the mindset that we deserve everything we get or a mindset that we are better than someone else, we fail to remember our true origin, Who is in control, nor the Truth of true prosperity and the true “good life.”

There will be people who are well off, people who have a lot of money and will die as a person who was considered successful and secure. There will also be people who are very poor, people who do not get to see the earthly “good life” and seem to suffer from one thing to the next. There are two important items to remember with this passage. Everyone dies. Not everyone will understand the true Good Life—the true meaning of prosperity. Today, consider how we are all the same and the true meaning of prosperity. No one is better than the other—and no one is saved from the grave except through the blood of Christ.

“One person dies in prosperity, completely comfortable and secure, the picture of good health, vigorous and fit. Another person dies in bitter poverty, never having tasted the good life. But both are buried in the same dust, both eaten by the same maggots.” – Job 21:23-26 [NLT]

 

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Nothing But a Windbag

Eliphaz and his friends often got things wrong with what they said to Job in their speeches. They would say a lot of true things, but they did not adequately understand the entire situation and we therefore unable to realize what was truly going on with Job and his situation. As well, like us, they had a limited view of God. Even so, Eliphaz wasn’t always wrong. He had some wisdom to share.

When I read Job 15:2, I couldn’t help but chuckle. He said, “A wise man wouldn’t answer with such empty talk! You are nothing but a windbag.” When I heard that, I considered how we are all windbags from time to time. A windbag is someone who finds the need to use useless words or to ramble on for no reason, saying something that could not possibly result in any good.

We each can name a time when we used words when we should have been silent, when we ran our mouth when we should have spoke less. As we move forward, let us consider our words. Are they positive? Are they encouraging? Are they truthful? Are they beneficial? Are they good words? There’s no need to be a windbag. Let us choose our battles and our words carefully.

Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied: ‘would a wise person answer with empty notions or fill their belly with the hot east wind? Would they argue with useless words, with speeches that have no value? But you even undermine piety and hinder devotion to God. Your sin prompts your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty. Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you.” – Job 15:1-6 [NIV]

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Children’s Ministry Lesson: Parable of the Foolish Rich Man

This lesson is on the Parable of the Foolish Rich Man. The passage to read is Luke 12:13-21. The key verse is Luke 16:13. The front page of the activity sheet is divided into two sides. The object is to have the children list what they think both types of people would look like in their opinion. The one side would be those who are rich toward God and the other side would be those who are like the foolish rich man. On the second side, there is an activity to look through the passage and notice all of the key words that focus on the self. There are a few verses included with the lesson for the kids to reflect upon further with parents at home.

To open the class, I am going to ask some questions that would give the children options of seeing how people could put God first or put money or themselves first. From there, I am going to tell the parable and have a few students read some verses. I got some granola (honey and oats) to share with the children as I discuss this abundance of crops. Then we will discuss further using the activity sheet I created (front and back). Our craft will be something I’ve seen around in the past. We will make silos using toilet paper rolls. I am going to get the tubes of toilet paper covered with white paper before class and glued at the bottom to save time. They will decorate the silos and then instead of filling them with crops, fill them with blessings from God. Then every night they can pull out a blessing and thank God. When the blessings run out, they are encouraged to fill the silos up (or even fill up as they see more blessings).

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Children’s Ministry Lesson: Wise or Foolish (The Wise and Foolish Builders)

Tomorrow’s lesson is about the Wise and Foolish Builders which can be found in Matthew 7 and Luke 6 of the Bible. I have created a simple handout for the children to complete. The handout will challenge children to grasp the true meaning of the selected passages, to understand obedience, and to consider a personal plan of action to move forward. Too often, we consider this verse as telling us to build our lives on the Rock (Jesus), but obedience isn’t discussed.

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This lesson does not include an activity. We will be discussing different scenarios and we will be having a hands on activity involving two different types of buildings.

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