Let's Talk About Tradition

by Brent Lamberth

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

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Colossians 2:6-8

So live in Christ Jesus the Lord in the same way as you received him. Be rooted and built up in him, be established in faith, and overflow with thanksgiving just as you were taught. See to it that nobody enslaves you with philosophy and foolish deception, which conform to human traditions and the way the world thinks and acts rather than Christ.



To be labeled as traditional in today’s world is rarely a compliment and is frequently associated with living in ways that are irrelevant and outdated to modern society. Yet, the apostle Paul often emphasized the importance of maintaining Christian traditions, especially ones regarding the means of grace. Traditions, he taught, are toxic only when they exist apart from Jesus and are blended with human philosophies. We, as congregations, families, or individuals, should not be afraid of traditions. Instead, we are called to willingly evaluate our habits and customs and how such practices are furthering God’s kingdom on earth.


Questions to Discuss:

What are examples of human traditions and philosophies that conflict with the message of Jesus?

Is there one human tradition from which you desire to break away?

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