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Bible Study: The fitness test

Date posted: 29/11/16


What is your worst memory of a fitness test?


No one likes being tested, and there are few things that sportspeople like less than fitness testing, whether its the bleep test, a 5000m Erg’ or the embarrassment of a rugby player getting their Body Mass Index! But without proper evaluation you don’t know how fit you really are and you don’t know what you need to do about it.

Ephesians 2 gives us an important, if slightly uncomfortable, spiritual fitness test. 



Ephesians 2:1-3



From these verses, what are the results of our spiritual fitness test?


At first reading, these verses might seem a bit harsh, but however we feel about them, the question is are they true? To ‘transgress’ (v1) means to break God’s standard, to ‘sin’ (v1) means to miss God’s mark. Is it fair to say that everyone breaks God’s standards and misses His mark?

Jesus sums up God’s law for how we should treat each other as “to love your neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:31). Notice it’s not just saying be nice to one another, but to love each other. That means with the same energy and focus that you pursue your good, you are to pursue the good of others. Wouldn’t the world be an amazing place if we all do that. Do you? Does anyone?



Pause and think about the ways that on and off the pitch you have failed to love your neighbour as yourself. What examples of this behaviour in your own life can you point to?


Properly evaluating our spiritual fitness may be uncomfortable but it is necessary. If we don’t know the state we’re in, we’ll never grasp the wonder of God’s solution in Jesus Christ.



Pick one of the following scenarios and discuss how you would respond.

1. You’re wandering back after training with a mate who says to you that she doesn’t see the need for being a Christian because her life is going well.

2. You’re talking after a Sports Quiz event, and your mate says that he finds the idea that he’s a ‘sinner’ pretty offensive. 



Ask God to give you sensitivity and boldness as you speak to people about their spiritual fitness, and for the work of the Spirit to convict them of the truth.


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