Thinking through the Sovereignty of God

Posted: 27 April 2015

We had a great night on Sunday thinking through whether God really is in control of our world.

Here are a couple of resources to help you keep thinking through this:

Widow, Lisa Beamer's thoughts on God's sovereignty over the September 11 tragedy (read online)

"God knew the terrible choices the terrorists would make and that Todd Beamer would die as a result. He knew my children would be left without a father and me without a husband . . . I can’t see all the reasons he might have allowed this when I know he could have stopped it . . . , but knowing that he loves me and can see the world from start to finish helps me say, ‘It’s OK.’"

Helmet Thielike's sermon on how our world doesn't feel like there's a loving Father is in control (pdf)

"Everything God permits the dark powers to do must first pass in review before him. Everything is examined and censored by his fatherly eye to see whether it will really work "for good with those who love him." Everything must first pass by him, every bomb that may strike me, every shell-splinter that may take my dearest away from me, every intrigue or chicanery that men may inflict upon me."

J. I. Packer on how God can be sovereign and yet we have real choice (read extract online, purchase, also see John Piper's response)

"[O]ur minds dislike antinomies. We like to tie up everything into neat intellectual parcels, with all appearance of mystery dispelled and no loose ends hanging out. Hence we are tempted to get rid of antinomies from our minds by illegitimate means: to suppress, or jettison, one truth in the supposed interests of the other, and for the sake of a tidier theology."

Melvin Tinker's article on how prayer changes things (read online)

"God has devised prayer as a means of enlisting us as participants in the work he has ordained, as part of the outworking of his sovereign rulership over all."

Tim Keller's sermon, 'Does God Control Everything' (link to mp3)

"This sermon explores the tensions between God’s rule and our free will, and it relates how those truths are connected to God’s love. In the end, it is only because God is sovereign that Christians can be assured that nothing will separate them from God’s love."

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Discipleship, Leadership Resources

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