Good News for our Physical Selves

As a pastor, I am increasingly encountering more and more issues within the church, both our church family and in the wider church, that are somehow related to the body. Whether body image issues, health concerns or identity struggles.

For some, our bodies are everything. Therefore our physical appearance is what we work hardest on. We spend exorbitant money on clothes or grooming products, and we feel depressed or heavy-hearted because we have put on weight – or because we don’t look like we did when we were 25—excessive hours at the gym or a cabinet full of different creams.

For others, our body has nothing to do with our true selves. Our true selves, we are told, is who we feel we are, and so our bodies may be a block, getting in the way of us expressing our real identity. And so we seek to change, alter or transition our bodies so that they might better align with who we internally feel we are.

As Christians, how are we meant to think about our bodies? Having a body isn’t a mistake. Do our bodies mean anything? Furthermore, how does 1 Corinthians 15 and the resurrection of Jesus change how we think about our bodies?

I’ve recently been listening to/reading Sam Allberry’s new book ‘What God Has to Say About Our Bodies’. I’ve found it of great value to explore how it is the bodily resurrection of Jesus’ good news for our physical selves. As Paul Tripp put it in the foreword of Sam’s book, “Your body––my body––is not just there, happening to exist. It means something to God. He knows it. He made it. He cares about it. And all that Christ has done in his death and resurrection is not for us one day to escape our body but for him one day to redeem it.

Let me commend Sam’s book to you – particularly as we work through this series in 1 Corinthians 15. If you’re not the reading type, there’s an audiobook or an extensive interview by Moore College’s Chase Kuhn on the Centre for Christian Living Podcast. Sam will also be flying out to speak in Sydney on July 30th at the Single Minded Conference.

Jamie Mackenzie

Assistant Minister


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