What You Need To Know
- The EKG line coming from above, represents the fact that life comes from God.
- The line goes into a heart and forms a cross in the heart. And we simply say that God in Grace has made us Fit for Life with Him through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.
- The horizontal EKG lines show that the Fit for Life story doesn't end with the coming of Christ and the sacrifice of Christ.
- God loved us and gave His Son to die for us, so that we can share the love of Christ with others.
- Finally, as you look at the logo, one arrow points directly at you.
- Right now, you are the one God is concerned with - not the other guy - you.
- You are the one who matters to Him; you are the one He wants to fill with His love and His life.
The Leaders Manual
The heart of the Fit for Life in Christ course is the 518 page Leader's manual. Extensive leader's notes with multiple stories and lecture material are printed on the left page of the manual, with the smaller student page on the right with plenty of room for your own notes. Miniature pictures of the multiple illustrations sold with the course are placed conveniently next to their descriptions in the leader's notes. The leader's material is generally tied to the fill-in-the-blanks of the student guides, encouraging the class to take an active part in the lesson. Biblical references are printed out for your convenience. Lots of corny stories and ice-breakers in the notes give the leader many opportunities to lighten it up and surgically insert your points through the humor.
You will want to take advantage of the PowerPoint program sold with this course. The blanks are filled in as you go and a multitude of accompanying illustrations are included. For review purposes there is a fun " Who Wants to be Fit for Life ?" program for each lesson, complete with "phone a friend", "ask the audience" and "50/50's". Ideally, these programs can be run from your notebook computer to a multimedia projector. T.V. monitors can also work for a smaller size class. You may also want to patch into your church's sound system or have a couple computer speakers to pick up the sounds in the PowerPoint programs (particularly for the WWTBFFL).
Building Community and Your Faith
"Community builders", simple, light-hearted questions, are found in each lesson as a tool to break into small groups and build community.
A deeper "Exercising Your Faith" section includes closing questions at the end of each lesson for those who wish to have small group leaders go deeper in a review of the lesson, or just for individual review.