Free & Fit - Scripture & Stretching - A Contemplative Sport & Spirituality Practice - by Tim Cheux
A Final Paper Reflection for a Class at General Seminary Upon the Augsburg Book Publication “Stretch & Pray - A Daily Discipline for Physical and Spiritual Wellness.”
In order to develop a full understanding of how I came to using Sport and Scripture it is
important to set the context of how I became familiar with the concept of stretching and praying. Please note all instructions, moves and physical exercises are intended for the author and are suggestions for inspiration to create workouts and worship sessions of your own.
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This was a journey which began in London in 2013, prior to that Sport had always been a large part of my life throughout school, career and now my life within the Church. Prior to becoming a Christian, I had a struggle with the concept of Sport and Spirituality being compatible. I had no idea that it might be possible for the sport to complement a practice of Spirituality and that you would also be able to read Scripture from the Bible.
In the May of 2013 I started to explore this by starting a running and praying group with a focus on (running together) Sport and (praying together) Spirituality Bible study along the Mall and through Hyde Park.
Figure 1.0 Faith & Fitness London
Firstly, upon the celebration of my confirmation service in 2012 at All Souls Churchin London, I was introduced to Christians in Sport where I would encourage participation in all forms of sport recreationally especially Football (UK), Racquet Sports and Running. In addition, one to one and group exercise classes.
However, it was not until I was attending Church at HTB that I was approached about running a small Sports Bible study group. Secondly, this would include the concept of re-inventing a Prayer and Spirituality group that had been meeting prior to my arrival on Thursday evenings called the “Fitness Fiasco”. After a short time I, along with three other friends, decided to change the name to “Faith and Fitness” and re-launch which in 2015 would become Free & Fit. The mission of Free & Fit is to build community through Sports, the Arts, Outreach and Service. Our motto bible verse was Galatians 5:1 which talks about Freedom in Christ.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1).”
Christ came so that we may have freedom from all things through Christ who strengthens me. In the workout from this evening, link enclosed in appendix, I was able to freeze frame pictures and add scriptures to help visualize all that bring pose, posture and positions for prayer. With that in mind let's look at Galatians 5 and how it can help us to find freedom and to stand firm and not be burdened by a yoke of slavery.
Figure 1: Galatians 5:1 Side Plank