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Stabilizing Truths in Unstable Times: God’s Purpose for Me in Everything is Christlikeness

February 7, 2021 Speaker: Michael Knight Series: Stabilizing Truths in Unstable Times

Topic: Sanctification, Christian Growth Passage: Romans 8:28–8:29

Knowing something with certainty can bring stability to our lives. Romans 8:28-29 tells us of a stabilizing truth that liberates us: God's purpose for me--in everything--is to become more like Christ. God is using everything in my life to conform me to His image. Listen to part 3 of the sermon series Stabilizing Truths in Unstable Times.

1. The Sureness of This Truth – “Know” (Romans 8:28)

  • The Greek word oida means “to know something.”
  • When this word is used in the perfect tense, it is used as a fact and has the force of certainty or sureness.
  • Every believer can be certain of the fact “...that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God....”

2. The Span of This Truth - “All things work together for good.” (Romans 8:28)

  • How many things can we know for sure are for our good?
  • In His providence, God orchestrates every event in life for both our temporal and   eternal good
    • God’s purpose for trials is Christlikeness. (James 1:2-4; Deuteronomy 8:10-16)
    • God’s purpose for preaching and teaching is Christlikeness. (Colossians 1:28-29)
    • God’s purpose for you in the local church is Christlikeness. (Ephesians 4:11-15)
    • God’s purpose for you in personal Bible is Christlikeness. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 3:18)  “all things”

3. The Stipulation of this Truth - “To those who love God, to those who are the called   according to His purpose”

  • The emphasis is not the measure of your love for God but the fact that you love God.
  • Who loves God?
    • All believers love God. (1 John 4:15-16)
    • “Those who are called” refers to those whom God has chosen for salvation or, simply, those who repent and believe in Christ. (Matthew 22:14; Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 1:5; Revelation 22:17)
  • This promise is only for true believers.

4. The Sense of this Truth - “To be conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29)

  • The goal God has for every believer is to become Christlike.
  • This process is called progressive sanctification.
    • “Progressive sanctification is the process by which Christians mature spiritually, separating themselves more and more from sin and unto righteousness.”
  • God saved you with the purpose of making you like Christ.