Assurance #7 – Sovereignty and Assurance (Roman 8:28-30)

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Sermon outline

Challenges to faith

  • The Bible is very honest about the problem of suffering in our world

  • Romans 8:18 ‘…our present sufferings…’

  • Romans 8:35 ‘…trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or sword?’

  • And yet rock solid confidence for believers

  1. What is God doing about our suffering NOW?

  • Romans 8:28 ‘ …we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’

  • How can ‘good’ and ‘suffering’ go together?

  • What are the ‘all things’?

The doctrine of the sovereignty of God

  • Not a doctrine to create controversy or debate BUT to generate security and confidence

  1. What is the ‘Good’ that God is achieving?

  • Romans 8:29-30

  • A revolution in thinking – the good is being changed to become more like Jesus

  •  Does that mean pain and suffering are good?

But suffering is not the last word

  • We have already been glorified

  • And right now God is at work for the good of those that love him