Healthy Body,<br>Healthy Spirit

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Overview

Western culture sends some strange messages about bodies, especially women’s bodies. They are to be thin but not skinny, toned but never sweaty, tanned but UV-protected, sexy but devoid of any signs of pregnancy. To make matters worse, as Ruth McGinnis points out in an article for TODAY’S CHRISTIAN WOMAN, our media role models employ armies of stylists to help them look perfect at all times. No wonder we’re tempted to look in the mirror and say, “Yuck!”

What does the Bible say about our bodies? How can we gain a godly perspective on beauty? Most important, how does our physical health relate to spiritual health? These are the questions we’ll explore in this study.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Genesis 2:4–7, 20–25; 1 Samuel 16:6–7; Psalm 139:13–14; Proverbs 31:30; Isaiah 53:1–5; Luke 8:43–48; Romans 5:1–5; 1 Corinthians 9:24–27, 15:39–46; James 1:2–4; 1 Peter 3:3–4; 2 Peter 1:5–7

LEADER'S GUIDE

    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: God cares about our bodies.
Teaching point two: Godly beauty isn’t always pretty.
Teaching point three: Health and godliness both require self-discipline.
    • Apply Your Findings

    • Additional Resources

ARTICLE FROM TODAY'S CHRISTIAN WOMAN

    • Discovering a Healthier You, by Amy Tatum (September/October 2002, 12 printed pages)

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