Here’s another example of how you can use physical exercise to also strengthen your spiritual and relational fitness in the Body of Christ. It’s one of several training videos and other supports in W.A.I.T Training and part of “Workout Wednesdays”.
As I’ve mentioned in previous videos, we can use specific passages to experience and express any one of the specific principles outlined in the 24 topics of W.A.I.T Training: balance, breath, flexibility, form fuel, etc. But there are also passages that illustrate multiple principles in the same text. Jeremiah 9:23-24 is one such passage.
Because I want to free you to see parallels for yourself and voice your own applications, I don’t name any of the specific 24 principles in this particular video. Still, I believe you may find it helpful as I walk you through the basics covered in a previous video, “How to use Physical Exercise for Small Group Bible study and Fellowship: 1 Goal, 2 Tools, and 3 Questions in 4 Venues“. Even if you’ve already seen that video and its references to safety, I’ve provided some of additional notes on below. If you find this video helpful, you might also check out, “12 Tips to Set-up for W.A.I.T. Training”.
On the subject of safety, again, always exercise with others around who can help you or who can at least call for help if necessary. So ensure that at least one of you has a cellphone with good reception and a charged battery. The venues described in the video are simple and easily modified to fit any ability level, but accidents can still happen.
Regarding spiritual safety, we must also guard against temptations within us and around us. For example, if we wrongly focus too much on physical fitness, we could start from a foundation of inner fear of “I’m too fat” (or skinny) or pride that “I’m great, but I’m here to become awesome!” And if we’re not intentional, we could also invite a foundation of outward lust. Even mature believers like Job recognized the reality of visual temptations (Job 31:1). So if your group has males and females exercising in the same place, I recommend that no one wears cologne or perfume, and all wear loose-fitting clothes that cover the arms, neckline, waist, and legs of both genders. But the clothing should also breathe. Heavy and non-porous clothing hold heat and, therefore, will raise heartrates. If our physical intensity is too much we won’t be able to have meaningful conversations. Talk among your group to agree on what’s honorable and helpful in the Body of Christ.
Although I named only four venues in the video, of course you could use “W.A.I.T. Training” in even more ways: an aquatic exercise group, a series of spin classes that uses the dozens of Christian music videos linked below, a yoga-like group that fills our minds with Scripture by mediating on the 24 images of spiritual fitness (instead of emptying our minds like some eastern religions and worldly philosophies), a traditional class discussion using the free book, “W.A.I.T. Training”, and more.
The program is designed for broad use through through a variety of supports: training videos, devotional thoughts, Christian music videos, 8×10 color posters, free t-shirt designs, and more can be used for your personal devotions or small group Bible studies. The downloadable PDF below suggests Scriptures on all 24 principles of W.A.I.T. Training by truths, commands, and promises (TPCs in the PDF below).
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