Free and Fit Challenge 2017 - Freedom in the Unknown by Tim Cheux The journey from one city to another can seem long, but when traveling over 5,000 miles, 7 hours by plane and all your personal belongings being shipped to you after your arrival it can seem even longer than you expected!
Liza and I next to Big Ben Westminster December 2016.
When Liza and I left the U.K. to travel to the USA we were entering a season of the "Unknown". Leaving behind us friends, family, secure jobs, church and established ministry partnerships we knew little of what laid on the path before us. Now, 8 months into our New York City journey, we have faced challenges in our faith, experienced discrimination towards our close friends, have been forced to withdraw from fundraising projects and even turned down full time employment to focus more on following God's call. The road has been hard, but the narrow path that leads us on is kind, redeemed and continues to create growth in our own spiritual lives as we explore more of the unknown.
St Marks Church Kennington, Liza and I being interviewed before our departure.
As Nicky Gumble explained in today's Bible in One Year "Many have given up a successful career, a high salary and – in the eyes of the world – all their prospects, in order to serve God in ‘full-time ministry’ with little or no pay. " Sometimes the future is unclear, uncertain and uncomfortable, but the Bible teaches us not to worry. (Matthew 6:34) Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Free and Fit London July 2016
However, as you and I know, following this heavenly wisdom is easier said than done! When reflecting on the "Unknown" it helps to break the word down into two parts. The "un" part can be more literally interpreted to be the unclear, uncertain and uncomfortable parts of the unknown. On the other hand, the "known" is more familiar, trusted and established more commonly we could relate to knowing God. So instead of being un-known the term could be broken down to simply "Un-God" and when we think of the term this way we can see the fear and doubt more clearly and it shifts our emotions and thinking to focus more on God and trusting in the one we know and love.
Scripture teaches us this through context of the Unknown as individuals or groups who "do not know". This is a more clearly defined state of mind, those who do not know God and those who do know God. Isaiah 40:20-21 "Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth the omnipotence of God and the stupidity of bowing to idols? It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; It is He who stretches out the heavens like a veil And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in." Today Free and Fit New York City continues to build deep, meaningful and genuine relationships similar to the same relationships we built in London over a four year period serving in both the Faith and Fitness, First Friday and Youth ministries across the capital.
Free and Fit NYC Events Jan - Aug 2017
Above you can see some of our group members and events this past 8 months. Our next event is on Monday 11th September when we meet at 7pm at Time Warner Centre, 10 Columbus Circle, Site 210, NY. 10023. 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 1. Select a sport and space where you want to exercise, book a date and time to meet and invite your friends! 2. Before exercising ensure the space is safe and that no participants are experiencing any illnesses or injuries. 3. Set up a structure of three 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. 4. Read the verses in order before each exercise and ask the group to think about the verses during the three different exercise routines. 5. 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. Bible Verses for Discussion 1. Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; They do not know over what they stumble. 2. Romans 3:15-18 “Their feet are swift to shed blood, Destruction and misery are in their paths, And they have not known the path of peace.” “There is no fear of God and His awesome power before their eyes.” 3. Psalm 92:6-8 A senseless man in his crude and uncultivated state knows nothing, Nor does a self-righteous fool understand this: That though the wicked sprout up like grass And all evildoers flourish, They will be destroyed forever. But You, Lord, are on high forever. 4. Luke 23:34a And Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” 5. Isaiah 40:21-22 Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth the omnipotence of God and the stupidity of bowing to idols? It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; It is He who stretches out the heavens like a veil And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
Questions to be asked at the end of each verse How does this verse relate to this topic? What does this verse mean to you/me? How can we challenge ourselves with the verses we heard during the exercises? Testimony Time of Prayer and Reflection Think about a time of thanksgiving and outward reflection. Simply praise reports and prayer requests. Sign Up. Tune In. Take Part UK London Contact Details: Contact: Roger Phillips Address: Meet at St Mark’s Church,Next to Oval Tube,337 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4PW Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 0044-7799692493 US New York Contact Details: Contact: Timothy Cheux Address: Meet at Time Warner Centre,
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