A Purpose Runs Through It (Romans 8:28-30)
Sovereignty: Supreme Being, unlimited by anyone and anything, ruler of the universe, and his purposes will not be stopped
Romans 8:28 can be misinterpreted.
First, who is this verse for?
Second, what does Romans 8:28 actually say?
“Why do bad things happen to good people?”
So how do we respond during challenging times?
First, we respond with obedience. (Genesis 50:20)
What may be happening?
- God may be giving us the strength to endure.
- God may be working behind the scenes to bring redemptive good in this life on earth.
- God may overcome and set things right in eternity.
Second, we also respond with understanding. (2 Peter 3:8-9)
A Know It All (Psalm 139) (Omnisient)
So how does God’s unlimited knowledge affect our lives?
1. He knows our past. (Hebrews 4:13)
Tim Keller says in The Reason for God: “Here’s the gospel: you’re more sinful than you ever dared believe; you’re more loved than you ever dared hope.”
- He knows our present. (Psalm 139:1-6)
- He knows our future. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
God Is Closer Than You Think (Psalm 16:8) (Omnipresence)
Note: The sign referred to in the recording says “GOD”
It is God’s pleasure and desire to do life with us (scriptural examples)
Dallas Willard calls it “The Emmanuel Principle”.
God, can use a variety of ways to show us he’s present. He particularly shows he’s near in various kinds of thoughts he places before us.
1.Thoughts of reassurance
2. Thoughts of guidance
3. Thoughts of conviction
4. Thoughts of joy
A final application:
1. We can provide God’s presence to others. (God with skin on)
This week we continue in the sermon series “Getting To Know God”
Surprised By God’s Power (Philippians 4:13) (Omnipotent)
Pastor Gary continues the new sermon series “Getting to Know God.”
This week God’s word give us assurance that “You Can Count On Me” (Hosea)