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Fitness Can Be a Bridge to Deeper Matters of Faith

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The Bible tells us that physical training is of some value, but training in godliness holds promise in this life and the life to come. Simon Lennox joins Gary Wilkerson to discuss the parallels between physical and spiritual training, how fitness has been a natural bridge to discussing deeper spiritual matters, and the impact this life has on our eternity.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • Simon Lennox discusses his upbringing in Northern Ireland, growing up in a Christian home, reading theology at Oxford, church planting, his work in finance, and starting a fitness app for business leaders over 40-years-old.

  • Your physical fitness can have a tremendous impact on your ability to fulfill God’s calling for your life.

  • Fitness can be a natural and easy bridge into discussing deeper spiritual matters with people.

  • Simon Lennox draws parallels between physical training and spiritual training.

  • Physical and spiritual training both require planning, discipline and developing healthy habits.

  • The church is like a spiritual gym where we develop Christlike character.

  • Your body is a gift from God and a temple of the Holy Spirit. Steward it well.

  • This life is training and preparing us for the life to come in God’s eternal kingdom.

Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

1 Timothy 4:7–8; 2 Peter 1:5–11; Genesis 1:26–27; Psalm 139:14; Proverbs 28:1

Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

Podcast Episodes About Faith and Fitness

About Simon Lennox

Simon is passionate about helping others to flourish in body, mind, and spirit.

He works at Bible Study Fellowship as director of WordGo, an app for personal and group Bible study; and is a trustee of Word One to One and The Feed Trust. As a certified fitness professional, Simon also founded a missional fitness community called BreakFit.

Prior to this, Simon read theology at Oxford University, worked in impact investment at Angello, and continues to be heavily involved in local church community life.

Simon lives in Northern Ireland with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Rosie.

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About Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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