StoneBridge Community Church
In All Things God Works For the Good… (Romans 8.28)
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 12:00 PM

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Romans 8.28 Commentary

Precept Austin, "Romans 8.28 Commentary" Romans 8 Resources

Charlie Gard

Timothy Wyatt and Haroon Siddique, "Charlie Gard's Parents Say Their 'Beautiful Boy' Has Died," The Guardian, 28 July, 2017.

Quit Saying, "Everything Happens For a Reason"

Christine Suhan, "Quit Saying, Everything Happens For a Reason" For Every Mom website.

Are You Sick of Hearing, "Everything Happens For a Reason"

Ina Jaffe, "Are You Sick, And Sick Of Hearing 'Everything Happens For A Reason'?" All Things Considered, National Public Radio, May 7, 2015.
1. God is…
1. God is at work.
For reflection/discussion
Why do you think people attempt to comfort others with the statement, "Everything happens for a reason"? Why might this be an insensitive thing to say? Do you believe that everything happens for a reason? Is the idea that everything happens for a reason biblical?
2. God is…
2. God is good.


Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Good'. Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991.
For reflection/discussion
Is Romans 8.28 saying that "It's all good"? Is it all good? How has human sin affected God's once perfect creation? What is your response to the statement, "Everything happens for a reason, but sometimes the reason is that you’re stupid and make bad decisions"?

3. God is…
3. God is in control.


Sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, Joseph rose to become vizier, the second most powerful man in Egypt next to Pharaoh, where his presence and office caused Israel to leave Canaan and settle in Egypt. Wikipedia article
For reflection/discussion
The word translated “all things” is the Greek word panta. It’s meaning is comprehensive and all-inclusive. God is at work for the good of those who love him in all things— not just in special, isolated events or experiences; not just in good significant, positive, favorable, or successful events or experiences. In all things. Where do you see God at work in your life today? How is God at work in your blessings? How is God at work in your difficulties and challenges?
4. God is…
4. God is aware of and honors what's in our hearts.
For reflection/discussion
Why does today's text limit God's working in all things for the good of those who love him? Is there any logical or theological reason that God would not be at work in the lives of those who don't want or don't welcome His involvement in their lives?
5. God is…
5. God is determined.

The Three Phases of Sanctification

"The sanctification of the believer is in three realms—positional, progressive, and ultimate, reflecting the past, present, and future aspects of salvation…  Justification delivers from the penalty of sin. Sanctification delivers from the power of sin. Glorification delivers from the presence of sin." "The Three Phases of Sanctification" Biblical Resources
For reflection/discussion
What is the good that God is determined to do in your life as a believer? How is this similar to, and/or different from, the ways in which we usually think of or define what's good? What is your response to Michael Luke's observation, "When it comes to the consequences of the fall, we aren’t offered immunity. We are offered eternity…" and Timothy Keller's statement, "Jesus didn’t suffer so that you wouldn’t suffer. He suffered so that, when you suffer, you become like him…"?

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