The Apostle Paul: Fitness Guru?
The apostle Paul knew what it means to be fit for life. Heunderstood the importance of:
- Physical fitness—Paul taught that our bodies are thetemple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19) and therefore not tobe defiled. And Paul took his own advice as a man who disciplinedhis physical appetites so he wouldn't fall into sin and bedisqualified for God's prize (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
- Emotional fitness—thanked "the God of all comfort" (2Corinthians 1:3) for the way He comforted and sustained Paul in allof his trials.
- Intellectual fitness—Paul was a scholar of the firstrank. To him, the Christian faith is a body of teaching to bestudied, absorbed into the mind, and taught with faithfulness andaccuracy.
- Spiritual fitness—Paul's entire ministry of proclaimingthe gospel of Jesus Christ proves that he valued spiritualfitness.
Turn now with Jack Graham to Paul's "fitness manual"—hisletter to the Philippians—and learn how you too can be fitfor life.
Being fit for life is a serious matter for all of us. And theBible has a life-changing message for us on this issue, because noone is more concerned about our fitness than the God who made usand redeemed us. He even gave us a "fitness manual" in HisWord—the apostle Paul's letter to his beloved friends at thechurch he founded in Philippi.
In this joyful letter Paul writes the well-known words, "To liveis Christ." In Are You Fit for Life? Pastor Jack Graham examinesthis life in Christ. Unlike popular diet and physical fitnessprograms, the Christian life is not a self-improvement plan or ado-it-yourself project. It is simply letting God be God, lettingChrist take control of your life, and allowing Him to do Hisperfecting work in you.