Introduction to the Free & Fit course with a video blog entry from Tim Cheux demonstrating the five verses and five exercise sets routine for the Free & Fit Challenge.
Free and Fit Challenge January 2017 (C) Copyright
About the Free & Fit Challenge
The Free and Fit course has been created to build strong social skills, charge healthy physical bodies and to instil a well balanced and sound mind. Participants who complete the full course over 12 months will learn how to work effectively with their team members to build strong values of power, love, and self discipline.
Free & Fit Vision
The vision of free and fit course is to engage, motivate, improve and hence find freedom in a physical and spiritual state. As such the freedom that leads to a peaceful heart; leads to a healthy body. The course is built upon the core value of learning together to be disciplined and motivated in our faith as well as our fitness.
Instructions for Group or Individual Facilitator
Select a sport and space where you want to exercise, book a date and time to meet and invite your friends!
Before exercising ensure the space is safe and that no participants are experiencing any illnesses or injuries.
Set up a structure of five different exercise routines which you can introduce, read and reflect upon the selected bible verses. In the welcome and warm up introduce the topic and ask the members what they believe the topic to mean.
Read the verses in order before each exercise and ask the group to think about the verses during the five different exercise routines.
Reflect on the verses and topic at the end of session, during a warm down, and discuss the answers to each verse and questions at the end of the workout.
Introducing the Free and Fit Challnege 2017
Written by Timothy Cheux, Founder of the Free & Fit Challenge 2017
It is for freedom that you have been set free. What is freedom? Sometimes it can be the hardest thing to find or the easiest thing to give away. Imagine yourself back in the middle school playground of your youth. A place where we dispel our fears by telling our fellow class mates, during break or lunch time, how daring and courageous we are. We verbalise how much freedom we have in our own minds and express how we can achieve so much without fear. Whether we are climbing walls, jumping off diving boards, cycling down hills or skate boarding the highest jump we exaggerate or bend the rules about our so called accomplishments.
All of these achievements may have never happened, but apparently by bragging about them on the playground we demonstrate a sense of freedom. A freedom that we have over other people. That we are better, more, that we are freer than they are or we are more fearless than they are. It is quite astounding how such illusions actually deny us freedom. Instead guilt and shame are created inside in place of freedom. We end up doing the complete opposite of finding freedom and we end up building up a sense of self-pity, denial and deceit.
The question of “how do I find freedom” is one we all seek to find the answer to. Today, unlike when we were young playing on the playground, the stakes have changed. Now it’s at school re-unions and family meetings when we declare our false outstanding abilities and life achievements. It reminds me of the sketch on Family Guy when Peter goes to a school re-union wearing a gold medallion and cowboy hat as he pretends to all his old class mates that he is a million dollar business man and astronaut. These ridiculous exaggerated truths cause arguments, breakdowns of friendships and family feuds. We are all trying to demonstrate and create a sense of worth, fulfilment, accomplishment, identity and above all an aura, a sense of freedom, that isn’t quite reality. However, what this does is it actually creates a barrier and a mirage of this alternative reality. In our own minds it makes us appear almost untouchable, but actually it distances us from the people we know and love and our dreams, we once aspired to achieve, are lost.
People fight commercially for the royalties of a product or service. When searching for legal freedom business have to create patents, copyright, trademarks and legalities which can cause all kinds of legal issues. These kind of quarrels lead us to ridiculing, naming and shaming people, but this doesn't give us freedom. What is in the expression of a name, brand or image? Which are we? A brand? An image? A name? An invention or innovation doesn’t help us to identify the problems to these questions or start to answer them, but perhaps it provides us with protection from a legal perspective. Forgive me, but even I struggle with these kinds of battles.
Today we face bigger risks. Some might say that the following statements are true in our modern society. “We are in a political battle”. “We are without peace in the Middle East”. “We fear we are not safe even in our own democracy”. Do you agree with these statements? Whatever your view point, I want to ask you a deeper, more personal question today, which place do you find yourself in? Do you consider yourself to be free? In some form, we all need, we all want and we all express a desire for freedom. Why not take a moment today and think about what you define freedom to be.
It is my belief that the freedom we really seek deep down, that we crave in our hearts and our minds, is different to these false realities discussed in this months Free and Fit challenge. Perhaps its about time we looked to find freedom in a different place. Instead of outwardly thinking, lets look internally for our freedom and instead establish who we really are inside. In the words of the bible, in the book of Galatians, it says that it is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Jesus requests for us to stand firm. Will you stand firm? Are you with me to try and overcome what lies ahead? Will you challenge yourself to find true freedom? Will this challenge motivate you? Educate you? Teach you? Speak to you? Lets find out together!
Lets pause, take a moment. Find a quiet space or even a public space if you prefer. Then once you find your feet, stand up straight, place your hand on your heart and prepare to say to yourself “I am free.” Then step forward, jump up and shout “I am free!”. You are free, now go out and feel confident stepping into this crazy, but yet amazing, world that we live in knowing that every month you have people praying, hoping and routing for you to find freedom in 2017!
Sign up to our registration online via email below. Read. Conquer. Enjoy. Above all else lets keep freedom as a priority in our 2017 Free & Fit Challenge!
Five Verses. 5 Questions.
Verse 1: Galatians 5:1 (a)
1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Question to consider: What is freedom to you? Define it in emotional terms, What it means to you when you are free and without fear.
Verse 2: 1 Corinthians 8:9
9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.
Question to consider: How have you found freedom in the past? Consider how you can help others with this encouragement.
Verse 3: 1 Corinthians 6:12 (a)
12 Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial.
Question to consider: What is freedom to you? Define it in physical terms of being able to walk and feel safe where you are living and/or working.
Verse 4: 2 Corinthians 3:17
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Question to consider: What pathways are you following to find freedom today? Pos/Neg?
Verse 5: Psalm 112: 1
Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His loving kindness is everlasting.
Question to consider: How can you use this encouragement to help you find freedom in 2017? Think about practical ways moving forward this year. Start small and think about just one thing that you can do in February.
I started Faith & Fitness 9 months ago (Faith and Fitness London 2015). I was invited by a friend. By that time I was apart from God but through Faith & Fitness I came back to Father God again and now I feel closer to him and all my life is happier + I love being healthy, Faith & Fitness help to achieve a better, gain new friends! I'm glad that I accepted to join Faith & Fitness as Tim as a leader and his team are very welcoming and it makes you feel like you're at home. I love assisting every week to meet them and learn more about God, make good friends and be healthy by doing such enjoyable sports; like my favourite squash! Thank you for all the kindness and the friendship Tim and team!
Questions to be asked at the end of the Session
1. Why is this topic important? 2. What does this mean to us/me?
3. How can we challenge ourselves with the verses we heard during the exercises?
Verse 1: Galatians 5:1 (a)
1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Time of Prayer and Reflection
Think about a time of thanksgiving and outward reflection. Simply praise reports and prayer requests.
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UK London Contact Details:
Contact: Nav Merghan
Address: Meet at St Mark’s Church,
Next to Oval Tube, 337 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4PW
US New York Contact Details:
Contact: Timothy Cheux
Address: Meet at Central Park,
Next to Pulitzer Fountain,
764 5th Ave, New York NY 10019
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