Team sports, extreme sports, and outdoor sports are among the types of activities students learn about and participate in during this course! This interactive, highly animated course helps students learn why spiritual health is the most important dimension of health, why exercise is still important from a biblical perspective, how to improve skills and sportsmanship, and how to establish and accomplish goals. It also provides an overview of many dual, team, extreme, and outdoor sports.
Students have the opportunity to earn a national award by participating in the Presidential Fitness Challenge. Practicing game strategy, putting the goal of winning in its proper biblical framework, improving sport skill and performance, respecting and loving athletes of all kinds and backgrounds, managing peer pressure and stress in a biblical way, and making good choices balance out the topics students discover in this course. Fitness logs help students monitor physical activities. Students complete projects that lead to the knowledge, skills, and values they need to implement and maintain a physically and spiritually active lifestyle.
6th-8th Grade recommended
Course Types Available:
½ Credit – Full course (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
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Biblical Integration Information:
- Creation: Created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26–27), humans are made to share in God’s loving dominion over creation (Genesis 1:28; 2:15). This involves the development of the potential that God has invested in his world, including the potential for play, work, and competition—the stuff of physical activity and sports!
- Fall: Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the garden results not only in specific acts of sin, but also human sinfulness, judgment, and death (e.g., Genesis 3:14—4:16; Romans 5:12–21). Like any other human phenomena, then, physical activity and sports reflect our fallenness in a variety of ways: from anorexia and exercise addiction to vicious rivalries and even the agony of prolonged exercise (e.g., running a marathon).
- Redemption: As people are transformed by the redemptive power of the gospel, they have the responsibility of stewarding their lives and bodies in a God-glorifying way. This is true not only because we have been bought at the price of God’s one and only Son (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:19–20), but also because by stewarding our bodies, we are able to love and serve God more fully than if we didn’t (cf. Deuteronomy 10:12–13; Revelation 1:5b–6). Among other things, such stewardship includes improving our fitness-related skills, growing in sportsmanship (cf. Mark 12:28–34; Galatians 5:22–23); and managing stress in a healthy way (cf. Matthew 6:25–33; 1 Peter 5:7). It also includes avoiding negative peer pressure (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:33) and pursuing positive peer pressure (cf. Proverbs 27:17). While physical health should never become an idol or an ultimate good in our lives, we can certainly love and glorify God by stewarding it to the best of our ability!