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More Than Conquerors

August 21, 2016 Speaker: John Bell Series: Romans

Passage: Romans 8:28–8:39


“More Than Conquerors”
Romans 8:28-39

Point # 1 Four unshakable promises of God for his New Covenant children (28).

· God works or is at work, in our lives.

· God is at work for the good of his people. “Good” = what God deems will be best to assist our growth into the image of Christ (v. 29) and bring us to final

glory (v. 30) - those “good” things in this life that contribute to that final salvation and sustain us on the path to that salvation.

· God works for our good in all things.

· God works in all things for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose, not all people without exception.

Implications:
· Humans cannot understand everything God works in our life.

· God is not obligated to explain anything he works in our life.

· God deserves praise for what he works in our life and does not explain.

Point # 2: The Golden Chain of Salvation (29–30)
Paul traces God’s good and saving purpose through five stages, from its beginning in God’s mind to its consummation in the coming glory.
1. Foreknowledge

2. Predestination

3. Calling

4. Justification

5. Glorification.

The believer’s confidence for the present time, as well as for future glory, is rooted in God’s sovereign determination to call us into relationship with him preserve us in that relationship, and vindicate us on the last day!

Point # 3: Our response: a celebration of our security in Christ (31-39)
· God’s work for us in Christ (31-34)

· God’s love for us in Christ (35-39)

* This sermon (and the entire series) owes a debt to three books in particular: Moo, D. J. (2000). Romans; Moo, D. J. (2014). Encountering the Book of Romans: A Theological Survey; Moo, D. J. (1996). The Epistle to the Romans.