Free & Fit Curriculum - Faith & Fitness as One Blog Post - by Tim Cheux

Free & Fit Curriculum - An Introduction to Faith & Fitness as One - Blog, Sermon & Workout 12 Part Series


Picture: Free & Fit founder Tim Cheux after the first workout of our new 12-part series. First session “Faith & Fitness as One.”


As part of our new Free & Fit Challenge we want to encourage you to join us as we start to explore the concepts of Sports & Spirituality in a Christian context. We thought what better way than to ask our own Marathon runner Tim Cheux how he applies working professionally full time as a sports coach, part time as a Sunday sermon Preacher and attending seminary, amongst other things, to apply his Spiritual practices to his Spiritual rhythms of life.


Question: how can Faith & Fitness impact our everyday life?


The reality is we all face physical, spiritual, mental and social challenges in the world that we now see and we, as the Church, together you and I, can maximise our impact in the world we live in through accomplishing the vision of Free & Fit to build community through Sports, the Arts, Outreach, Service.


One way of doing that is raising awareness of the issues we all see in our world and uniting as one Body of believers to overcome the issues together.


Mother Theresa once said “What I can do you can not do. What you can do I can not do. But together we can do something beautiful for God.” Such insightful remarks about what we can do together as a team, rather than isolated as one individual. Similar to sports, the practice of working together on the same team, working to achieve a shared goal and to reduce the workload by dividing it equally helps to measure our impact and improves our chances of success.


Question: how does Free & Fit build community to form Faith & Fitness as one?


At Free & Fit we aim to build community through relationship with people through a shared common interest such as Sports or the Arts. The art of sharing, being a part of something bigger than yourself and developing community is integral for an individual to be physically, socially, spiritually, emotionally well.


We believe in combining Faith and Fitness, our original name when we launched in May 2013, as one. When practiced together, not separately, they can form spiritual practices. For example, when running on the road prayers can be said, when jogging to work worship songs can be sung and when walking or hiking contemplation can happen in relationship with God.


Question: how does your Faith spiritually support your relationship with Fitness?


As believers in Christianity, and Christian spirituality specifically, at Free & Fit we believe in the sacred spoken word of God in the Bible. Jesus, before going to be hung on the cross, prayed that all believers (that he is the son of God) would be one with him and one his Father, God almighty and the creator of the universe.


In our introduction workout and first sermon I identified the practice of Faith and Fitness becoming one. Through working out and praying contemplatively we believe faith (belief in Jesus Christ) and fitness (physical activity) can be practiced as spiritual practices together as one.


Question: How does your relationship with Jesus impact your Faith & Fitness?


Jesus said in John 17:21 “My prayer is not for them alone (his disciples). I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John‬ ‭17:20-21‬ ‭NIV‬‬.


Jesus prayer is our shared prayer. We pray that our Faith and Fitness would become one as we are one with Christ and as we are one with each othe