Our vision is to be an authentic community of Jesus followers who love and serve people so as a church....
We dream of a day when every person at New North Church ENCOUNTERS Jesus, is EQUIPPED for their unique God-given purpose and ENGAGED in God’s mission.
Commitment to daily time with Jesus, weekly gathering for corporate worship and in community and monthly focus on a spiritual practice.
Being deeply formed by God’s Word, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and experiencing God’s grace.
Acts of loving compassion, selflessly serving others, becoming culturally discerning, and pursuing gospel informed justice.
We’re focusing on 12 months of spiritual habits to help us encounter who Jesus is. Through prayer, meditation, fasting, and more, we hope that you create rhythms and habits that grow you closer to Christ.
In all of our tireless rushing around, we, as a culture and as individuals, have forgotten the immense spiritual advantage of this discipline.
Christian Meditation is one of the more difficult habits to master. It is not about emptying one’s mind (as in Eastern religions), rather it is about filling one’s mind with Christ. It is the habit of setting aside time to focus intently on one thing, and slowly allow God to reveal himself through it. Remember, don’t be discouraged if this is difficult or strange to you at first – with time and practice you will find it enlivening.
Christian fasting is voluntarily going without food (or some other gift of God), for a spiritual purpose.
Fasting has been practiced by Christians throughout the centuries, and Jesus himself fasted. It is meant to focus your spiritual attention on Jesus, humble you by reminding you of your reliance on him, and help train you to not allow your cravings to enslave you. Christian fasting is not done for physical reasons, but for a specific spiritual purpose, and often God speaks to those fasting in unique ways.
Study is far more than just reading – it is an intentional and close look at the truth to better understand, internalize, and apply it.
There is immense spiritual advantage in studying many things, but as a church we will focus this month on studying the Bible. As you engage the Bible, approach it as a student trying to mine it for all it has for you. Don’t jump right to application – instead try to understand what is being said, and why, before answering the question, “what is it saying to me?”
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
“We want every person in the Bay Area to experience a difference in their body, in their soul, and in their spirit through the life-changing work of God. Our mission is for people to come to know Jesus Christ as part of that. ”