Complete in Christ (Colossians 2:6-15)

1. A call to walk in Christ (verse 6-7)
    – Twofold appeal:
         > Return to a lifestyle of faith that is found in Christ alone.
         > Reject what is not according to Christ.
    – Two images to explain what it means to walk in Christ.
    – A Christian is like a tree rooted in Christ.
    – A Christian is like a building – built on Christ and being built up in Christ.
    – The foundation is Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 3:11).
    – Being built up through Spirit by the Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21)

2. A call to be vigilant (verse 8)
    – Be watchful against anything that is not according to Christ.
    – Two categories of false teaching.
         > Human Philosophies and empty deceit based on:
         > Human traditions (Mark 7:3-13)
         > Elemental spirits – doctrines of demons (1 Tim. 4:1-8)
    – There are only two religions in this world.
         > The religion of sovereign grace.
         > The religion of merit.

3. Complete in Christ (verse 9-15)
    – Christ is God in the flesh – you can be filled in Him.
    – Jesus had two natures – one person – God-man.
    – He is fully man and fully God.
    – Three fundamental things Christ did:
       > In Christ, you have been made alive (v. 11-13a).
       > In Christ, you are forgiven (v. 13b-14).
       > In Christ, God reigns over all spiritual powers (v. 15).
    – How do you then deal with spiritual forces?
    – Submitting to the Lordship of Christ, Resisting Satan and Prayer (James 4:7; Eph. 6:18).