Jul 3, 2013

Readers' Theatre: Colossians 2: 6 - 19

Here’s a readers’ theatre setting of Colossians 2: 6-19.  It is set for two voices.

Readers’ Theatre: Colossians 2: 6-19

One:     And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord,
you must continue to follow him.  

Two:     Let your roots grow down into him,
and let your lives be built on him.

One:     Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught,
and you will overflow with thankfulness.

Two;     Don’t let anyone distract you
with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense
that come from human thinking
and from the spiritual powers of this world
rather than from Christ. 

One:     For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.
So you also are complete through your union with Christ,
who is the head over every ruler and authority.

Two;     When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,”
but not by a physical procedure.
Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—
the cutting away of your sinful nature.

One:     For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized.
And with him you were raised to new life
because you trusted the mighty power of God,
who raised Christ from the dead.

Two:     You were dead because of your sins
and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away.

One:     Then God made you alive with Christ,
for he forgave all our sins.
He canceled the record of the charges against us
and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 

Two:     In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities.
He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

One:     So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink,
or for not celebrating certain holy days
or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. 
For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come.

Two:     And Christ himself is that reality. 

One:     Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial
or the worship of angels, 
saying they have had visions about these things.
Their sinful minds have made them proud, 
and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body.

Two:     For it is Christ who holds the whole body together
with its joints and ligaments,
and it grows as God nourishes it.