Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon: 1 Timothy 4:6–16; Matthew 5:13–16.
- Wholly embracing the faith
- Fully thinking the faith
- Faithfully living the faith
- What’s the difference between the “spiritual bodybuilders” of 1 Tim. 4:1–5 and the godly spiritual athlete of 1 Tim. 4:6–16?
- What’s the contemporary counterpart of the Greco-Roman gym? The epicenter of modern cultural life?
- Which is easier for you to forget — God’s plan for this present world (the now), or His plan for the life to come (the not yet)?
- Pray through the three questions Sam asked. Through which might the Holy Spirit be speaking to you?
Select Resources Consulted
- Michael Rhodes, Just Discipleship: Biblical Justice in an Unjust World (IVP Academic, 2023)
- Frank Daubner, “Gymnasia: Aspects of a Greek Institution in the Hellenistic and Roman Near East,” in Michael Blömer et al (eds.), Religious Identities in the Levant from Alexander to Muhammed: Continuity and Change (Tunrhout: Brepols, 2015), 33–46.
- Raffaele Cribbiore, Gymnastics of the Mind: Greek Education in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001).
- Christopher J.H. Wright, “God’s Model for Restoration: The Jubilee,” in The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative (Downer’s Grove: IVP, 2006), 289–323.
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Do you have a question about today’s sermon? Email Sam Fornecker (SFornecker@StAndrews.Church).
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