If our bodies are for the Lord, does it matter if I exercise?

Given what Paul argues in 1 Corinthians 6 about the importance of our bodies and their role as temples of the Holy Spirit, it follows that what we do with and to our bodies matters. In light of that I found this discussion about exercise, sleep, and diet especially interesting. What sort of impact can the way we treat our body have on our sanctification? Is exercise a spiritual discipline?

Watch and let me know what you think.

Getting the Most Out of Your Year in the Bible Experience

I wanted to put together something to help you get the most out of your experience with Year in the Bible, and as I was working on it, I concluded it was best to split it into multiple parts. So today: the basics.

As you know this is a guided reading plan that will slowly take us through 1 Corinthians. That being the case there are three things to do each week: read, study, memorize.

Read

  • I expect you to read the weekly scripture. If you take part in a reading plan, of course you read, right?

Study

  • I encourage you to study. This text is so short and it is designed so that you have the time to read, and re-read, studying the Bible, asking questions and seeking answers. To study is to approach it in prayer, not just approach it as something to quickly finish and check off as done.

Memorize

  • I recommend you memorize the weekly verses. This is not a requirement. But it is going to make this experience all the more impactful as you store God’s word in your heart.

Again, at minimum, read. But the further steps you take the more God will work in you. If you’re on the fence about memorizing, read this article that lifts it up as a great spiritual discipline, including this quote:

Bible memorization is absolutely fundamental to spiritual formation. If I had to choose between all the disciplines of the spiritual life, I would choose Bible memorization, because it is a fundamental way of filling our minds with what it needs.
Dallas Willard

Desiring God: Memorizing Scripture – Why and How

Paul, an apostle, tweets to you in Galatia

I found this not too long ago and it may be a bit silly, but at the same time it sums up Galatians very succinctly. David Mathis has boiled down the entire six chapters of this letter into 30 tweets. That’s not just 30 sentences, since each tweets is limited to only 140 characters. I think it’s impressive. But don’t go reading this instead of Galatians. Think of it like a good outline.

Here are the first couple:

Jesus gave himself at the cross both for us and for God—for our good and ultimately for God’s glory #Galatians 1:1–5

There is one gospel. One path from which saving grace flows to sinners: Jesus. Every counterfeit is damnable #Galatians 1:6–9

Here is the full 30 tweets at Desiring God.