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The secret to following Jesus is not to try hard to keep all the rules or expectations, but to live in deep connection with Jesus himself.

Key Points:

  • Following Jesus is not about meeting the expectations of others. Expectations others put on us, unless they are biblical, shouldn’t be the guiding stars of our Christian experience.
  • Following Jesus is not about keeping religious rules. Only Jesus himself can set us free from sin – a work he does in us from the inside-out.
  • Following Jesus is about cultivating a deep connection to him. When we remove deep relationship with Jesus from our faith, we have taken Christ out of the Christian life.

Quote This:

Colossians 2:13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Read Colossians 2:16-19. Identify the behavioral expectations the Colossian Christians were being condemned about. According to these verses, what is wrong with that approach?
  3. Make two lists. First, list some biblical expectations for the Christian life. Second, list some non-biblical expectations that are often associated with the Christian life. What do you learn from this comparison?
  4. Why do you think some religious people like to create behavioral expectations for others?
  5. Read Colossians 2:20-23. Why does keeping the rules seem like a wise approach to following Christ?  According to these verses, what is actually wrong with that approach?
  6. Read Colossians 2:6-7. What do you think it means to “let your roots grow down into Christ”? What would that look like in practice?
  7. Cultivating a deep connection with Christ involves certain intentional practices like prayer and Bible reading. How can we keep those practices from becoming a new set of expectations or religious rules?
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

This is part of the Enough series. Click here for sermon resources.