Wisdom with Fitness

New Philly Hongdae (video streamed to Sillim, Itaewon, Busan, Sydney)
Preached by Christian Lee on October 19, 2014, Sunday.
Duration: 65 minutes (audio)

This is part 4 in the sermon series Wisdom with the Body.


Discussion Questions

PC: “CG1 and CG2’s, keep the feedback comments coming.”

Stop Listening to Your Heart

  1. Read Colossians 1:28-29. What is the goal for which the apostle Paul’s toils and labors? Why is it important to stop listening to your heart and when is it appropriate to encourage the Christian to listen to his/her heart?
    Expanding Our Definition of Beauty

  3. PC argued that we tend to think of normal and beautiful very narrowly. Why did he mention the rap song “Baby Got Back?”
    Personal Sharing: Fitness Stories

  5. Read 3 John 1:2 (NKJV). What was the author’s prayer? How is the author’s emphasis different from many evangelical churches today?
  6. Read 2 Peter 1:5-7. Can you recall and share with your CG any fitness stories that helped you to gain spiritual knowledge, self-control, and perseverance?
  7. What are some challenges that prevent you from getting more fit?
  8. Read this together, I Cor. 9:24-27 (The Message):
    “You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.”

    Application Points

  10. PC mentioned that his experiences with team sports has really shaped his leadership style. His thinking is: “If people can submit to a sports coach and push themselves to attain a perishable prize, why wouldn’t the church do the same to attain an imperishable one?” What has your experience with church pastors been? Have you been coddled or challenged? As you mature, do you want to be challenged when you come to church? What can this look like at New Philly?
  11. The best way to get more fitness in your life is to be process-oriented and patient with yourself in forming new habits. What are some goals you can set to gradually get more exercise in your weekly routine?


Homework (optional)

  • Memorize Hebrews 12:1 and I Cor. 9:24-27.
  • For anything less than 4-5 floors, take the stairs rather than the elevator this week. See if you’re willing to make this a habit.



  1. Really like the discussion questions this week. It is linked to previous sermons and I like how scripture flowed to the questions. It gave time to open up with personal experience and very practical application. Freedom to discuss and challenging too.

  2. Gina Kim says:

    In general I loved this week’s discussion questions because we were able to engage with the Scripture and draw out personal stories. Compared to the other questions we got to spent time a bit discussing the first question because members wanted to know how we measure someone’s maturity and how we know if we are spiritually mature or not. So we discussed what maturity is, and that helped members how to apply the sermon according to their maturity level. We went over all the questions except for the last one because we ran out of time. Instead, I gave CG members homework to set three month goals for physical health & spiritual health. + buddy system to keep each other accountable.

  3. This week’s CG went great. The flow of the questions starting with the Word, then opening it up to make it just vulnerable enough for people to share was quite complementary (e.g. sharing fitness stories on how it helped/hurt our spiritual life).We didn’t have time for the application questions so we told everyone to think about specific ways God wanted to challenge them throughout the week.

  4. Our CG had a fun and creative time in applying the message. We broke up into two groups to act out I Cor. 9:24-27 like the Gatorade commercial that PC showed us. #PuntForTheLord

    Btw, I really like how the video of the sermon is on this page!

  5. Roy Chung says:

    Our CG didn’t cover all of the questions as usual (the CG leaders have decided to lead this way), but we had a good discussion, also as usual. This week we actually spent a lot of time on questions 1 and 4, taking close looks at the Colossians and 1 Peter passages. I was very glad to witness our CG examining the Word together.

    We discussed practical ways each of us could individually try to work healthy physical activity into our schedules, and CG members started implementing them right away!

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