Have you ever wondered what your purpose is? Have you ever thought about whether or not God wants to use you to advance his Kingdom? Listen to this weeks message as Lead Pastor John Almquist discovers how God has called us to be his ministers on his mission. Join us Sunday morning at 10am at McKenna Event Center in New Braunfels, Texas.
Who are you? Likely someone has asked you that very question. Have you ever asked yourself “Who am I?” In case you’re curious – the Bible has a lot to say about this subject. How you answer this question tells a lot about your view of God. Is He a God looking to slap you down with eternal disappointment every time you mess up? Is He an eternal grandfather that doesn’t really care about you and is just okay with you no matter what you do or how you treat yourself and others. Neither view is biblical but is widely accepted. There is good news, no great news! Today Pastor John Almquist continues in part five of our study of Ephesians (Eph 2:1-3) looking at who God says we are in His eyes. Join us 10 AM Sunday mornings at McKenna in New Braunfels, Texas.
Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
AT ONE TIME, WE WERE SEPARATED
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
BUT NOW, WE ARE RECONCILED
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
SO THEN, WE ARE UNITED
Reconciliation with God overcomes division with man.
Who are you?
Likely someone has asked you that very question.
Have you ever asked yourself “Who am I?”
In case you’re curious – the Bible has a lot to say about this subject. How you answer this question tells a lot about your view of God. Is He a God looking to slap you down with eternal disappointment every time you mess up? Is He an eternal grandfather that doesn’t really care about you and is just okay with you no matter what you do or how you treat yourself and others. Neither view is biblical but is widely accepted. There is good news, no great news! Today Pastor John Almquist continues in part five of our study of Ephesians (Eph 2:1-3) looking at who God says we are in His eyes. Join us 10 AM Sunday mornings at McKenna in New Braunfels, Texas.
EPHESIANS PART 5
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
BY NATURE YOU WERE DEAD
1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
BY GRACE YOU ARE ALIVE
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
BY FAITH YOU ARE SENT
HE SAVED YOU… DESPITE YOU
Have you wanted something so much you knew it would change your life? Well.. maybe not change your life, but your life would be significantly better? Did you notice what happened once you obtained this coveted thing? Most likely it ‘faded to black’ as the next best thing appeared on the scene of your life. Today Pastor John Almquist continues in part four of our study of Ephesians (Eph 1:15-23) looking at the ultimate things we all want and need. These things of God are what we long for, what we are made for, and no amount of stuff on this earth will ever satisfy. It all fades to black in comparison. Join us 10 AM Sunday mornings at McKenna in New Braunfels, Texas.
Chances are you’ve seen the holiday car commercial where someone in some make-believe world walks outside their house on Christmas morning to a perfectly manicured, snow-covered lawn where a very expensive, German made, new car awaits adorned with a giant red bow. Have you ever received an undeserving gift? Maybe over the holiday you or someone close to you received a really spectacular gift. Likely it wasn’t a new car but perhaps it was still breathtaking. Lead Pastor John Almquist looks at Ephesians 1:7-14 unpacking the Truth that you are treasured by God.
1. When thinking about your life, in what ways do you most often find yourself living “spiritually poor?”
2. If redemption means to pay the ransom for someone’s freedom, how does that impact your view of what Christ has done for you on the cross? Is there any sin in your life that you feel He has not redeemed by faith?
3. Scripture says that we are co-heirs with Christ, and that Christ will inherit all thing (Romans 8:27; Hebrews 1:2). In light of that, what do you get most excited to receive as a part of your inheritance?
4. Can a Christian lose their salvation? Why or why not?
5. Describe a time in your memory where you felt dearly loved by someone – a moment that stands out in its emotional impact to you. Now, do you believe that God has that same depth of love toward you as His beloved?
Have you ever considered if you really can choose God? Does God only choose you? These ideas are ones all Christians have wrestled with individually and as congregations. A right understanding is paramount to understanding who you are and how the God in heaven is truly in love with you. By no means is this the easiest topic to tackle but it is rich with truth, love, compassion, and thought. Lead Pastor John Almquist examines Ephesians 1:3-6, unpacking this foundational aspect that is significant to every believer in Christ or anyone considering giving Christianity a second thought. Come join us on Sunday mornings as we would love to connect with you. Learn more at http://thespringsnb.org
(see announcements at the end of this post)
Have you ever wished you were rich? Not kinda rich but filthy rich?
What if you were and you didn’t know it?
How would it change your life?
How would it change the life of those around you?
Today Lead Pastor John Almquist starts a new series on Ephesians where we learn more about our identity in Christ Jesus.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1. How do Christians at times operate as if they are spiritually poor? How has this impacted your life personally?
2. When you think of Christianity, do you think of it as “fire insurance”? If not, what are blessings or riches that come with the faith?
3. When you think about the Apostle Paul, what characteristic of his life do you most admire? What are ways you could intentionally grow in that area in 2018?
4. Knowing that the Apostle Paul wrote this while in prison, how does that change the way you think about the spiritual blessings God has given you?
5. How is the city of Ephesus like the modern day cities we find ourselves surrounded by today? While Ephesus worshipped many deities, what are the deities you find our culture celebrating and worshipping today?
6. Knowing that this letter was written to a recently planted and still establishing church, how do you feel that makes it particularly relevant for us at The Springs Community Church?
7. Why do you think Paul categories the first half of his epistle to be summarized as our “Wealth in Christ,” and the last 3 chapters as our “Walk in Christ”?
8. When Christians talk about “Identity in Christ,” what does that mean to you? How do you think knowing our Christian identity informs our obedience?
9. Remember the statement, “In Christ, you’re rich, so live like it.” What does that statement mean to you? What does it mean to spiritually rich and then live according to those riches?
10. If The Springs were to grasp the core truth of this epistle that all believers are “rich in Christ,” how do you think that would transform our body? How can you personally play a role in being a part of that transformation?
1. Regular service resumes next week on Sunday at 10am at McKenna Event Center.
2. If you would like to talk about how you can take next steps to get connected to The Springs, please email John.Almquist@nullthesprings.org.
3. Next Sunday, we will relaunch our High School ministry on Sunday mornings. High School students have the option to attend a co-ed, small group discussion, as well as remain in the regular service.
4. If you are committed to The Springs, but you do not have an area of service, please reach out to
John.Almquist@nullthesprings.org to find an area of service!
In a world that brings us laughter, excitement, and triumphs, it can also bring loneliness, pain, and overwhelming challenges. Simply put, life can be hard. There is good news! God never intended for us to go at this life alone. Join us and hear about the Good News as Lead Pastor John Almquist helps us stay focus on what ‘good’ really means. Join us Sunday’s at 10a in New Braunfels, Texas.
What to do when sin wins? Most everyone has had a friend, relative, or neighbor bent on self-destruction. Often times they claim they’re not hurting anyone as they leave a path in history marked by pain. What is the most loving thing we can do? What should we do? How can we best care for them? Lead Pastor John Almquist continues part three of a closer look at conflict resolution and what to do when someone full surrenders to win, and is resolute in their selfish desires to never look back. Join us on Sunday morning for a great equipping opportunity for a waiting world.