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Shared Bible Study

Girl holding up dumbellEveryone tries to improve themselves. Some slight men long for bulging biceps while other bald men would dearly like a mop of thick hair. Some chubby people fast or exercise furiously to shed an extra inch or two from their hips. The Household Body of Christ can get overweight too and be in need of Christian body exercise. The Church can suffer from lack of exercise on the one hand or overeating on the other. She may be fed constantly on God's Word but not put what she learns into practice. Physical exercise strengthens human muscles and makes the limbs subtle. So outreach, spirituality and love equate to Christian body exercise and produce a fit household church. Christian maturity is the household's objective in the same way as fitness is the human goal. The necessary protein and nutrients for growth are found in shared Bible Study, vibrant worship, love, support and active ministry in the community.

Some Fat is Good

Fat Cells in the human BodyHaving said that Christian body exercise is good, we should also know that fatness in some parts of the Body is not always bad. Doctor Paul Brand (1914-2003 AD) writes in "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made," "In the Body of Christ ownership of property and money is no sin, it is an important function of certain members. And when I liken wealthy people to fat cells, I use the image positively, as an admiring doctor who appreciates the role of fat. Hospitality and generosity are made easier by wealth. Reserves can help the Body care for itself and fuel its muscular activity in a hurting world."

"Christian Body Exercise"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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