StoneBridge Community Church
God's Purpose in Our Problems: Romans 8.28-30
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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The Text in Context

Bob Deffinbaugh, "A Solace in Suffering: The Sovereignty of God (Romans 8:28)" from the series Romans: The Righteousness of God.

The Favorite Bible Verses of 88 Nations

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, "The Favorite Bible Verses of 88 Nations," Christianity Today website, January 10, 2017.

Paul's Letter to the Romans

Harold S. Songer, "Book of Romans,"  Holman Bible Dictionary, Trent C. Butler, editor. Published by Broadman & Holman, 1991.

St. Paul Writing His Epistles (detail), c. 1618-1620. Oil on canvas. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

1. God is…
1. God is at work in the world for the good.
For Reflection/Discussion: Why do people believe that the statement Everything happens for a reason is comforting? Is it? Is it true? Does everything happen for a reason? What evidence do you have for your answer? In what ways is Paul's statement in Romans 8:28 like and/or unlike the notion that Everything happens for a reason? What exactly does Paul mean by "the good" in Romans 8:28?
2. God is…
2. God is fully in control.

Even the Bad, For Your Good

John Piper, "Even the Bad, For Your Good" Desiring God, June 16, 2002.

Joseph Sold Into Slavery By His Brothers (detail) by Ferenczy Karoly, 1900.


Bob Deffinbaugh, "Joseph (Genesis 37:1-50:26)" from the series From Creation to the Cross.
For Reflection/Discussion: Are you a person who likes to be in control? In what areas of your life are you most and least in control? How does knowing that God is in control of "all things" help us face challenges and weather difficult situations? If God is fully in control, why do bad things happen? Review the story of Joseph in the Book of Genesis. How does Joseph's story speak to God's being in control of human events? How do you understand the relationship between the sovereignty of God and human choices and actions in Jesus' crucifixion?
3. God knows…
3. God knows and honors what's in our hearts.
For Reflection/Discussion: Is Romans 8:28 a conditional or an unconditional promise? To whom is it addressed? What does it mean to love God? What does it mean to be called "according to his purpose"? How do we know if we have been called according to God's purpose?
4. God has…
4. God has a purpose for his people that cannot be thwarted.
"Jesus didn’t suffer so you wouldn’t suffer. He suffered so that when you suffer, you will become like him." —Tim Keller

Transformed By Trouble

Rick Warren, "Transformed By Trouble" Global Christian Center
For Reflection/Discussion: According to Romans 8:29-30, what is God's ultimate, final purpose for your life? How does God use our problems to further that purpose? Can you think of ways that your past problems have corrected you? protected you? redirected you? perfected you? Which is more important to you: your happiness or your holiness? your comfort or becoming Christlike? Which is more important to God? What questions, if any, do these verses raise in your mind?

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