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VISION of Whole Fitness:
To bring Good News and freedom to the captives through fitness.
For the Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free. Luke 4:18 (NLT)
MISSION of Whole Fitness:
Building a healthy and whole community: mind, body and soul.
May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together - spirit, soul and body - and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who has called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he'll do it!
I Thessalonians 5:23-24 (The Message)
Core Values of Whole Fitness:
Joy - a source of delight
Risk-taker - comfortable being uncomfortable
Truth - God's Word, transparency, honesty
Family - community
Love - God, you and others
Freedom - get free, stay free, set free
Your Worth: The Image of God in Man
“Friend, I want to begin by telling you that your worth is not found in your physical appearance. Your worth is not determined by what others say about your appearance. You have worth because you were created in the image of God. When man was created, he was created in the image of God, after His likeness (Genesis 1:26). The image of God can be seen in man multiple ways:
Volitionally: Man is able to make decisions, to choose, and recognize good from bad.
Intellectually, man is able to reason and think intellectually; he does not simply operate out of instincts like animals, but reasons and uses memory.
Emotionally: God is able to display various emotions (though perfectly, unlike humans) such as anger (Deuteronomy 9:8), delight (Psalm 147:11), or grief (Ephesians 4:30), and man likewise experiences emotions.
Relationally: God lives in perfect relationship within the Trinity, likewise man lives in relationship with other humans and can be reconciled to a right relationship with God.
Operatively: Man is able to create, do good works, and have dominion over the earth in similar ways that God does.
This is why you are fearfully and wonderfully made–not because you look a certain way, but because you were made in the image of God. He is awesome and wonderful, and the fact that you were created in His image makes you fearfully and wonderfully made (see Psalm 139:14). Why does God command we do not murder? Because people are made in the image of God (Genesis 9:6). We can kill animals to eat, because they were not made in His image. But you, you have the breath of God in you and you bear His image. This is where your worth is found. Your Goal: The Image of Christ in You.” - Daily Grace
For September and October we will teach from the Body Matters Book. Please make sure you watch the video from me explaining the theme for these months and how they will kick off the rest of the year. If you would like to be a part of the challenge, please let Allison know and she will add you to the private FB group. VIDEO: Body Matters Video
Healthy and Whole Online Challenge Information:
Cost: $25 (Chrystie Cole’s book, Body Matters, is not included)
What is Included:
Health and wholeness coaching
Body Matters Study (via Zoom) Monday nights at 7pm.
Access to Whole Fit TV
Special Workshops from Guest Speakers on Hormones, Emotional Eating and Emotions.
Follow along workout calendar
LIVE workouts from certified instructors
Accountability and more!
Begins September 12. DEADLINE to register is September 9.
Whole Fitness Class Layout for September and October:
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Ch. 1 - The Body Matters
“The goal of this study is to help us learn why the body matters to the Lord and how we should care for the bodies He has entrusted to us in order that we may fulfill His purposes.” -Cole
“Her (and his - me adding) body reflected the needs of the community.” - Cole
Week 3: Ch. 2 - The Truth of the Body
“Our bodies are not just our own outward personal expression to the world; they are instruments God intends to use to accomplish His purposes and to bring Him glory.” - Cole
Week 4: Ch. 3 - Diseased Vision
"Women are so unforgiving of themselves. We don't recognize our own beauty because we're too busy comparing ourselves to other people. One of the easiest ways to feel bad about oneself is to compare yourself unfavorably to others." - Psychology Today Magazine
“You were created in the image of God; therefore, your body has value. Your body may be broken and corrupted, but that does not render you valueless. Your body is a temple. God lives in you, and that gives you value beyond any other gift. And your body is immortal, which gives you value here and now, not just there and then.” - Cole
Week 5: Ch. 4 - Exposing Our Idols
Idol - anything that we ascribe value to above God.
“It is taking a good thing and make it into an ultimate thing, elevating it to god-like status.” - Cole
What do you think about the most? This is where you will find your idol.
“The question is not IF we will worship but WHO or WHAT we will worship.” - Alisa Keeton
CHALLENGE: Fasting. What do you need to fast from that keeps you from worshiping God? What do you need to let go to allow you to dive deeper in communion with the Father? (If you have or struggle with an eating disorder, I recommend to NOT fast from food.)
Week 6: Ch. 5 - Faithful Stewardship
“Your physical body is inextricably linked to your spiritual worship.” - Cole
This is our get to and not our have to. We get to take care of the body He has given us so we can do what He is calling us to do. This is worship!
Week 7: Ch. 6 - A Worthy Beauty
“Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible” because “God and the devil are fighting there and the battlefield is the heart of man.” - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Week 8: Ch. 7 - Cultivating a Thankful Heart
“An unsatisfied heart is easily deceived.” - Cole
“Thou that hast giv’n so much to me,
Give one thing more, a grateful heart…
Not thankful, when it pleaseth me;
As if thy blessings had spare dayes:
But such a heart, whose pulse may be
Thy praise.” - George Hubert
Body Matters by Chrystie Cole We will be leading from this book.
Additional Books (optional):
Made for More by Jennie Allen
Try Softer by Aundi Kolber
What God Has to Say about Our Bodies: How the Gospel Is Good News for Our Physical Selves by Sam Allbery
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
The Gift of Being Yourself by David Benner
PRINTABLE VERSION HERE: