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2 A Fools’ Guide to Following Jesus
Our birth and our life y Diet and exercise Privilege and responsibility Upward and outward Maturity and dependency

3 Our Birth and our Life Luke 1, 3 & 4
Jesus was born of the Holy Spirit Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit Jesus preached by the Holy Spirit Jesus healed by the Holy Spirit

4 Diet Exercise and A Fools’ Guide to Following Jesus
y and Exercise Hebrews ; 1 Timothy

5 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
When we are born of the Holy Spirit, we are adopted into God’s family and given the living resource of the Holy Spirit within us to live our new life in Christ … y

6 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
… the sort of Christian we become will depend in large part on the choices we then make: what we choose to consume, and what we choose to do y

7 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
“The system you are currently operating is perfectly designed to achieve the results you are currently producing” y

8 Hebrews We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. The New International Version - Anglicised, (London: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.) 1984.

9 different metabolisms
Diet and Exercise Hebrews ; 1 Tim Judgement warning! different people have different metabolisms and different health problems! y “You are what you eat”

10 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
What are the four major food groups? y

11 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
What are the four major food groups? y

12 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
five What are the four major food groups? y

13 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
What are the four major food groups? y

14 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
Diet decisions made on the basis of sensation rather than sense will have a different effect! y

15 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
y “Rubbish in …. Rubbish out”

16 Philippians 4 8 “ …whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.” The New International Version - Anglicised, (London: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.) 1984.

17 Romans …. I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. The New International Version - Anglicised, (London: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.) 1984.

18 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
y National Statistics Office, 2001 Census

19 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
16% read something from the Bible every day. A further 9% read the Bible several times a week. 11% read something from the Bible about once a week. 9% read the Bible about once a month. 16% read the Bible several times a year. 7% had read something from the Bible once in the past year. 14% had not read anything from the Bible in the past year. A further 18% have never read anything from the Bible y Survey conducted by Taylor Nelson AGB, commissioned by Bible Society in May, 1997

20 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
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21 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
What do you feed on? y Escapist fiction? TV? Dreams? News? Music? “Action” vids? Porn? Work?

22 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
In the spiritual realm, what you consume directly affects what you become y In the spiritual realm, rubbish in results in rubbish out Ungodly input validates ungodly thoughts, attitudes and actions

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What do you feed on? y Unrealistic expectations, foul language Anger, insult The “right” to a relationship Godless world view Racism, lewd or violent language Aggression Lust, unrealistic expectations Materialism

24 Godly input grows godly character, thoughts and attitudes
Diet and Exercise Hebrews ; 1 Tim What do you feed on? y Scripture? Caring? Prayer? Spiritual reading? Worship? Godly input grows godly character, thoughts and attitudes

25 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
Just to be clear on what I’m saying … I’m not talking about how much time you should have, but what you do with the time that you do have e.g. young mum with new-born child! y Godly input can be consumed for ungodly reasons (remember the Pharisees!)

26 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
Just to be clear on what I’m saying … Some “inputs” are not inherently wrong – but care must be taken that they don’t eclipse godly input e.g. good to watch news; good for youth workers to track “soaps” … but critically! y Some unsavoury input is not simply to be outweighed by godly input – it is to be dumped!

27 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
Just to be clear on what I’m saying … Our diet changes with growing maturity. It is most unlikely that our diet now should be the same as it was a year, or five years, ago y Our calling is not isolation from all ungodly environments, but a godly equipping to enter them safely and effectively for Jesus

28 Is your Father happy with your diet?
Diet and Exercise Hebrews ; 1 Tim Is your Father happy with your diet? y

29 “Use it or lose it!” Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
y “Use it or lose it!”

30 1 Timothy 4 7b Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please
1 Timothy 4 7b Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers. Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by

31 integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed - keep that dusted off and in use. Peterson, Eugene H., The Message, (Colorado Springs: NavPress Publishing Group) 1997.

32 “Use it or lose it!” Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
Paul frequently refers to the Greek “gymnasia” (1 Corinthians 9; Galatians 2,5; Philippians 2) … with images of hard training, perseverance, pursuing the goal “ develop a spiritual exercise programme that will develop godliness” y “Use it or lose it!”

33 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
With a purpose - not for “posing” strength? endurance? suppleness? specific sport? health? convalescence? Timothy’s targets: godly speech godly conduct godly love godly faith godly integrity godly gifting y

34 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
Personal programme – not pre-packaged shaped for own personal targets at agreed appropriate times and intervals with accountability to a personal trainer with periodic assessment and review y

35 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
Personal programme – not pre-packaged Timothy’s programme: overseen by Paul to develop a young pastor … with teaching duties … caring for an older congregation … and specific, recognised, god-given gifting to be nurtured y

36 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
Pain, perseverance and promise costly – time, effort, money, endurance, sacrifice, choices a week off costs a month’s gain results soon visible – to self and to others encouragement of those ahead of you y

37 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
Pain, perseverance and promise For Timothy: possible disdain from older church members called to “be diligent”, “give (himself) wholly”, “persevere” aware that he is being watched! promise of benefits both for himself and his hearers y

38 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
Recommended exercises: The inward disciplines: meditation, prayer, fasting, study The outward disciplines: simplicity, solitude, submission, service The corporate disciplines: confession, worship, guidance, celebration y

39 Is your Father happy with your exercise?
Diet and Exercise Hebrews ; 1 Tim Is your Father happy with your exercise? y

40 Diet and Exercise Hebrews 5 11-14; 1 Tim. 4 7-12
do you belong to a gym or a viewing gallery? what are your personal training objectives? who is your trainer? when did you last review? which specific gifts are you developing? is your understanding of the benefits clear enough for you to push through the pain barrier? who do you want to become like? y

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