Lesson 4 of 5
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Romans 8:28 – God Works All Things Together for Good

Background Scripture:

Romans 8:28
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Podcast Sections:

00:29  How this verse is misused
04:27  Misunderstanding this passage is a failure in our study of scripture
09:13   Romans 8:28 is the silver lining
09:59   Two ways the passage is misused
10:44   Suffering and Romans 8
15:23   “Everything happens for a reason”
16:41    Does God cause suffering?
19:40   Putting suffering in context
22:04   Dangers of a goal of comfort
26:44   Views of those who have suffered
29:24   Is this as good as it gets?
31:20   Our definition of good
32:22   We need to understand what our best good is

Question 01

How have you heard of or experienced this verse being used?

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Question 02

Read Romans 8:18. How does this verse tie in with verse 28?


Romans 8:18 (referenced at 09:32)
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

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Question 03

How can II Corinthians 4:16-18 change our view towards suffering?


II Corinthians 4:16-18
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

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Question 04

Would a life where everything runs smoothly, a life without suffering, allow us to grow?

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Question 05

Read Romans 5:3-5. Based upon this passage, what should our attitude be towards suffering?


Romans 5:3-5
3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

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