Freedom in Time by Roger Phillips
Picture of Roger Phillips at HTB in London
Biograpby with Scripture There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens - Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV Matthew Henry commentates "Every change concerning us, with the time and season of it, is unalterably fixed and determined by a supreme power; and we must take things as they come, for it is not in our power to change what is appointed for us. Every purpose has its time."
Great British 4x100 Mens Relay Team Running on Time
Verse 2 continues, "a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance" Ecclesiastes 3:2-4 What this is saying is that, though there are good things in life, the bad things can't be escaped. So we're not to be surprised or angry at God when bad things happen. We just have to graciously accept the bad times with the good.
Great British 4x100 Womens Relay Team Running on Time
Ecclesiastes goes on to say that there is a time to break down and a time to build up. Are you breaking down what God is trying to build in your life by refusing to let go of what lies behind and press on to what lies ahead? Ecclesiastes also says that there is a time to gain and a time to lose. Are you trying to hold on to something God wants you to give up? We can't hold on to something that God wants us to let go of and move into the next season of blessings He has ordained for us.
Roger Phillips and Charlie Richards on time for Free and Fit in London
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 31:15 My times are in Your hands - NIV You determine my destiny! - NET Bible Spurgeon said, "There is nothing left to chance. Events happen not to man by a fortune which has no order or purpose in it. There is no place for chance, since God fills all things." And Matthew Henry commentates, "It is a great support to those who have God for their God that their times are in his hand and he will be sure to order and dispose of them for the best. Our times (all events that concern us, and the timing of them) are at God's disposal; they are not in our own hands."
Alina, Jada and Roger at Free & Fit in London
SCRIPTURE: And to one servant he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability - Matthew 25:15 NKJV
Numerous people make a budget for finances, but how many people make a Time Budget? The Parable of the 5 Talents in Matthew 25 could easily be converted into the parable of the 5 man hours. Time is more valuable than money, talents or gold. Philippians says "I press towards the mark, to the prize of the supernal vocation of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14 Douay-Rheims Bible Matthew Henry commentates on this, "He who runs a race, must never stop short of the end, but press forward as fast as he can; so those who have heaven in their view, must still press forward to it, in holy desires and hopes, and constant endeavours." 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 ========== 5 VERSES. 5 QUESTIONS. 1) SCRIPTURE: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens - Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV QUESTION: How can we know what season we are in? DISCUSS Think and pray about this together. 2) SCRIPTURE: Psalm 31:15 My times are in Your hands - NIV You determine my destiny! - NET Bible QUESTION: What is your destiny? What makes you come alive? Think and pray about this together. 3) SCRIPTURE: And to one servant he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability - Matthew 25:15 NKJV QUESTION: So what are you going to do with the 24 hours of tomorrow, so that you can hear "'Well done, good and faithful servant." ? Think and pray about this together. 4) SCRIPTURE: Paul says in Ephesians, "'We are God's own handiwork, recreated in Christ Jesus (born anew), that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]."' - Ephesians 2:10 AMPC QUESTION : How much is predestined? Every second, every word? Or is there just a rough plan for the day, or year or season? Think and pray about this together.
5) SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 30:19 - "I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live" QUESTION : Are there two plans - one for obedience and blessings and one for rebellion and curses - as detailed in Deuteronomy 28? Think and pray about this together. ========== 5 EXERCISES (each with a segment from Ephesians 2:10 AMPC)
These are guided instruction only, please ensure that you are free from injury, illness or any historical concerns before exercising. Roger and Free and Fit NYC & Free and Fit London provide simple guidance on these exercises and take no responsibility for form, injury or reactioms to participating in these exercises. Please exercise with caution and restraint. 10x5 sit-ups - We are God's own handiwork 10x5 pressups - recreated in Christ Jesus (born anew) 10x5 burpees - that we may do those good works 10x5 mtn climbers - which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time] 10x5 jumping jacks - that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live] ========== PRAYER : Lord, my times are in your hand, and I am well pleased that they are so; they could not be in a better hand. Thy will be done. 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.
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