We don’t associate laboratories with spiritual formation… but maybe we should!
Christian spiritual formation is the process of being transformed to become more and more like Jesus. Northlake’s Spiritual Formation L.A.B.S. will be 13-week experiments that combine in-depth classroom learning with dynamic out-of-class exercises to help us embody the character and purpose of Jesus.
Every daily task we face, no matter how ordinary or unexceptional, should be shaped by our call to be like Jesus. Each “L” lab will look at a skill, like raising kids or managing finances, and consider how Scripture – in particular, the life of Jesus – informs the way we practice it.
Jesus’ words and life were saturated with the story of God at work in Israel. Becoming like Him will require an engagement with the Biblical narratives that leads to experiments with new ways of doing things. The “B” labs will enter the Word deeply with a focus on intentional actions as the key to learning.
Acting On The Behalf Of Others
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Our faith hinges upon loving God and neighbor. Loving our neighbor is a simple command with complex implications. Each “A” lab will help us to understand how to love others and act on their behalf in a way that is consistent with the character of Jesus and His mission of reconciliation and redemption.
Though discipleship includes all of our lives, there are certain practices – like prayer, meditation, or simplicity – that we can utilize to draw us nearer to God, each other, and the needs of the world. Each “S” lab will be a practice-oriented engagement with a spiritual discipline or principle. We won’t just talk about a practice, like fasting, we will actually do it!