Spiritual Life Opportunities

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in Butterfield Chapel.

 

  • Psalm and Stories – Christian Dawson (August 28)
  • Convocation – One Chapel at 10:40 – located in the Pavilion (August 30) 
  • Why Should We Follow – Christian Dawson (September 1)
    • Mark 8:34-38
    • The good news according to Mark is focused on a little word: “follow.” Jesus called people to follow Him. Crowds of people came and followed Him. Yet the gospel of Mark was written to persecuted Christians whose cultural context was working tirelessly to get them to stop following Jesus. The question for Mark’s readers is the same for us today, “why should we follow Jesus?”
  • How We Change – John Mark Comer Video (September 6)
    • Matthew 7:24-27, Romans 12:2
    • We live in the age of self-help, therapy, and technology obsession. Deep down, we all know we’re broken and need to change. The question is, How? Through teaching we get a vision of the good life. Through practice, we align our loves and longings with those of Jesus.
  • What’s So Good About It – President Castleberry (September 8)
    • Luke 11:1-4, Romans 6:17-18
    • Jesus came and brought good news, but is this news really good, and if so, what’s so good about it? Jesus paid for our freedom, yet only by following His teaching will we learn to live in His freedom.
  • Psalm and Stories – Kiki Hadden (September 11)
  •  Pursuit (September 11)
  •  5 Tens  – Various Faculty and Staff (September 13)
    • Silence/Solitude: Involves refraining from interacting with other people, entertainment, or work in order to be alone with God and be found by him. Often looks like not speaking in a quiet place in order to quiet our minds and whole self and attend to God’s presence, remaining alone and still, removing noisy distractions, withdrawing from the world to spend time with God. Can be beneficial to write thoughts/impressions that God lays on our souls in this time.
    • Fasting: Involves going without food (or something else) for a period of intense prayer; skipping meals to find greater nourishment from God. Often looks like choosing a period of time to go without food. Drink water. Feel the pain of having an empty stomach and depend on God to fill you with His grace. A reminder of the source of all nourishment.
    • Sabbath: Doing no work to rest in God’s person and provision; praying and playing with God and others. God designed this for one day a week.
    • Corporate Worship through song: Gathering together and using songs to redirect our hearts to God. To both contribute to the telling of God’s work and to be reminded of God’s work by others.
    • Church Participation: Being gathered together in community for the intention of transformation, mission, and worship. The preaching and teaching of Scripture calls us to re-learn how God has designed things to be.
  • Teach Us To Pray – Joe McQueen (September 15)
    • Luke 11:1-13, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – not so much a sermon but a practical teaching, a “how to”.
    • Prayer was the center of Jesus’ relationship with the Father. Jesus was constantly getting alone to pray. It was a practice and rhythm of life. For a lot of us prayer feels boring, awkward, or hard; we don’t have the life of prayer and communion with God that we want. But that’s not how it has to be.
  • Chic Chat (September 17)
  •  Fella Ship (September 17)
  •  Psalm and Stories – Lynette Sorenson (September 18)
  •  Pursuit – Pastor Phil (September 18)
  •  Eat These Words – Brian McCormack (September 20)
    • Ezekiel 3:3, Jeremiah 15:16, Psalm 119, Joshua 1:8
    • There are so many different paths, religions, spiritualties, and claims for truth. In a time where we have access to any information at any time and place, why should we listen to this ancient, seemingly outdated book called the Bible, let alone even trust it? Even if we trust it, is it even relevant today? And why should we live out the practice of reading and meditating on it each day?
  • Do We Have To Hold Hands – Rick Engstrom and Christian Dawson (September 22)
    • Romans 12:5
    • The world is more connected than ever before, yet people feel more disconnected, unnoticed, unknown, and unloved than ever. We are created for true community and crave it, yet why does it seem so far off? The gospel of Jesus calls us into a deep, vulnerable, terrifying, and satisfying community that is better than anything anywhere has to offer. To attain this, we must do the work of continually creating that community of belonging.
  • 24 Hour Prayer (September 24-25) 
  • Psalm and Stories – Hayley Hanford (September 25)
  • Pursuit – Riq Pasquale (October 2)
  • NU Loves Kirkland Serve Day in downtown Kirkland (September 27)
  • Alumni Chapel (September 29)
  • Psalm and Stories – Liz Mena (October 2)
  • Faith in Society (October 4)
  • Race and the Church – Eugene Cho (October 6)
    • The last few years in America have shown that the issue of systemic racism is still one that is alive and well. Racism is antithetical to the Kingdom that Jesus is bringing about and therefore must be completely rejected and proactively fought against by the His church.
  • Psalm and Stories – Jessica Steinruck (October 9)
  • Pursuit (October 9)
  • Command Not Question – Joanne Ramos (October 11)
    • Matthew 28:16-20
    • At the end of his earthly ministry, Jesus gave His followers a command: “Go into all the world and make disciples.” Unfortunately, many disciples today qualify Jesus’ command with the caveat that we should go “if we want to go”.
  • I Don’t Wanna Move – (October 13)
    • Matthew 28:16-20
    • One of the greatest objections to Jesus’ commands to “go into the world” is that people think that this means that they have to move to a faraway country. While many are called to go to other nations, all disciples are called to be on the mission of making disciples of all people whom they come into contact with. In all your goings, make disciples.
  • Psalm and Stories – Wesley Rodgers (October 16)
  • Pursuit (October 16)
  • Heath Adamson, National AG Youth Director (October 18)
  • Psalm and Stories – Peter Carlson (October 23)
  • Pursuit (October 23)
  • Practicing the Presence – Clint Bryan (October 25)
    • John 15:4
    • The 17th century monk, Brother Lawrence, experienced an incredible proximity to God through a constant, abiding conversation with the Holy Spirit. Lawrence did what Jesus said all disciples should do: He learned the art of abiding in or practicing the presence of God.
  • What We’ve Been Waiting For – President Castleberry (October 27)
    • Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17
    • The whole of Scripture reveals increasing proximity to God in humanity’s relationship with Him. We go from us with God, to God with us, and now the Church has what we’ve been waiting for. We have the incredible gift of God in us. We must learn what that means and what is required of us to have this degree of intimacy with God.
  • 24 Hour Prayer (October 29-30)
  • Psalm and Stories – Vickie Rekow (October 30)
  • Pursuit – Pastor Phil (October 30)
  • In Light Of His Coming – Dave Thomas (November 1)
    • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:22
    • The incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of God in Jesus are key tenants of doctrine to the Christian faith, yet there is one element that is often left unaddressed: The return of Jesus Christ. It may be that the best part of the gospel is not that Christ has come but that He will return. So how should we live in light of His coming again?
  • A New Hope, A New Home – Christian Dawson (November 3)
    • Revelation 21:1-5, Hebrews 12:28
    • As great as the world is, there is still so much chaos, pain, and despair. Often the future doesn’t look better, but instead seems awfully dark. Yet the good news that Jesus and the Church has declared is that there is a Kingdom coming that is better than any place we have lived before. Actually, every dream and hope for a good future, is a longing for the Kingdom Jesus promises to one day establish. God has a plan to rebuild creation. That Kingdom will soon become realized, so we must live differently knowing what is to come.
  • Chic Chat (November 5) 
  • Fella Ship (November 5)
  •  Psalm and Stories – Anne Kuchera (November 6)
  • Pursuit  (November 6)
  •  Addiction and Freedom – Sarah Drivdahl (November 8)
    • Sin has plagued humanity since the fall. Along with sin often comes crippling addiction. Sin makes us addicts of self-destructive behaviors. If statistics are true, then most disciples of Jesus have had some sort of struggle with addiction, yet if the gospel is true, then there is hope that any addiction can be broken.
  • Sin and Confession – Aaron Burt (November 10)
    • James 5:16
    • As disciples of Jesus, we are called to continually kill off sin, yet for so many of us, that is not a practice of our lives. One of the most powerful spiritual disciplines for eradicating sin in a disciple’s life is the discipline of confession.
  • Psalm and Stories (November 13)
  • Pursuit (November 13)
  • Redeeming Our Brokenness – Sarah Jobson (November 15)
    • The prerequisite to being a disciple of Jesus is knowing that you are broken and in need of a Savior. Knowing that we are broken does not take a stretch of the imagination to believe. But it takes faith to accept what the gospel proposes: That God can redeem our brokenness, He is redeeming our brokenness, and we can have the courage to step into that redemptive process.