Crossfit, Suffering and Glory - John Van Sloten

March 05, 2017

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we’re going to lean into God’s truth as it’s found in Crossfit - “a broad, general, and inclusive fitness [program] that best prepares trainees for any physical contingency… not only for the unknown but for the unknowable.”
The Crossfit Training Guide

“You don’t know what you’re going to see, you don’t know what you’re going to hit, you don’t know what you’re going to do, so you have to prepare for everything. So this is the true way to build Batman, to build this ultimate warrior…”
Dave Castro, Crossfit Games Director

“When you actually do [the] workout, halfway through you hit the baptismal version of what early CrossFitters fondly called the mess-you-up moment--the recognition that there's devilish magic in this offbeat combination…”
Greg Glassman, Crossfit Founder

“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.”
1 Corinthians 9:24-25, MSG

“When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he (Jesus) plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!”
Hebrews 12:3, MSG

“I think it's the communal suffering that makes community real at Crossfit”
Rachel, Calgary Crossfit Athlete

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
Phil 4:13, ESV

Songs for this service, click to listen/watch.


What I Wouldn't Do

Be Thou my Vision

As it is in heaven

Carried Away

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