Colossians 1–4

“Colossians 1-4: A Warning against False Teachings,” New Testament Seminary Student Study Guide (2003)


The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that in order to be saved we must believe in God and have “a correct idea of his character, perfections, and attributes” (Lectures on Faith [1985], 38). It is important, therefore, to know the truth and guard against incorrect teachings and doctrines. As you read Colossians, notice Paul’s warnings and consider how they apply to your life.

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–D) as you study Colossians 1–4.

  1. Write Your Testimony of Jesus Christ

    How much do you really know about Jesus Christ? Read Colossians 1:13–22 and list the names, titles, and phrases Paul used to describe the Savior. Write a paragraph that summarizes your testimony of these qualities of Jesus Christ.

  2. What Do You Think?

    Listed below are several statements that represent false ideas. Write what you think is wrong about each idea.

    1. It doesn’t matter what movies I go see; after all, they’re just movies.

    2. The decision about when to start dating should be an individual one.

    3. Church is boring and someone needs to make it more exciting.

    Read Colossians 2:1–12 and write what could help you avoid being deceived by false teachings.

  3. Put On

    Paul taught how to be born again by putting off certain negative characteristics and putting on better ones. Make two columns and label one Put Off and the other Put On. As you read Colossians 3:1–14, list what needs to be put off and put on in the appropriate column.

  4. Family Matters Do Matter

    President Spencer W. Kimball reminded us: “The family is the basic unit of the kingdom of God on earth. The Church can be no healthier than its families” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, 331–32). Read Colossians 3:15–21 and write five ideas that would help families be a healthier part of the kingdom of God.

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