Blog Posts on The Sovereignty of God

The Supremacy of God in Preaching, Prayer, and Missions

Jonathan Parnell

The supremacy of God, in the words of Louis Berkhof, means "[God] rules as King in the most absolute sense of the word, and all things are dependent on him and subservient to him." God reigns. That's the point. God reigns in all things.

Back in 1997 John Piper gave a series of three messages on this theme — expounding God's supremacy in preaching, prayer, and missions.

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The Providence of God: Ten-Part Course from John Piper

Jonathan Parnell

"Providence" is not a word we commonly use.

This is true today and it was true in 1995 when John Piper introduced a ten-part course at Bethlehem Baptist Church on "The Providence of God."

The ten messages were recorded on cassettes that we have recently discovered and converted to MP3s. Apart from some delays in pressing the "Record" button back in '95, the entire audio has been pieced together and…

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The Prison Gates Opened of Their Own Accord—Really?

John Piper

One of the great benefits of vacation is that there are no deadlines for being done with devotions. I can start and go as long as I want. If the Bible plan says four chapters (which it does), I can read eight. If it takes 20 minutes to read four chapters, I can take two hours. That’s the way I really like to read the Bible. Roll it around in…

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Francis Chan on the Sovereignty of God

Josh Etter

Theology Refresh is a new podcast for pastors and Christian leaders, hosted by David Mathis, executive editor at Desiring God, and editor or contributor to a number of books, including Don’t Call It a Comeback, and co-author of the forthcoming How to Stay Christian in Seminary.

The aim of the podcast is to sharpen and refresh spiritual leaders on key aspects of theology that are useful for everyday…

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How to See God's Hand in Your Suffering

Jonathan Parnell

John Flavel, in 1678, instructs readers to see God as the author of all circumstances in life, including suffering:

Set before you the sovereignty of God. Eye Him as the Being infinitely superior to you, at whose pleasure you and all your have subsist (Psalm 115:3), which is the most conclusive reason and argument for submission (Psalm 46:10). For if we, all we have proceeded from His will, how right is…

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How Do the Nations Rage in Vain?

John Piper

Quoting Psalm 2, the early church in Acts 4 prays in a way that shows how the rage and plotting of God’s enemies are in vain.

Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed (Acts 4:25-26).

The point of that citation from Psalm 2 is that the…

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Does It Really Mean What It Says?

John Knight

For most of my life I sailed right through the healing passages in the Bible. They were all great stories, but with little actual impact on my life or my conception about God:

  • The healing of the paralytic who was lowered through the roof (Mark 2) – sure glad he had those friends.
  • The cleansing of Namaan’s leprosy (2 Kings 5) – how nice for him that God took that…
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Is God Fair?

Michael Johnson

Romans 9:14-18—

What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion." So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you
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John Piper Interviews John Knight on Disability

John Piper

This video is serious, on-the-ground sermon "application." I preached, May 22, 2011, on disability—a man born blind—from John 9:1-4. This interview is with the father of a boy (almost 16) born blind. 

John Knight is the director of development here at Desiring God. He blogs at www.theworksofGod.com, and, with his wife, loves Jesus, and trusts the sovereign wisdom and goodness of God.

But it has not always…

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The Glory of God in the Gift of Disability

John Knight

In last week's sermon on John 9:1-23, John Piper makes this bold statement:

Jesus says that the purpose of the blindness is to put the work of God on display. This means that for our suffering to have ultimate meaning, God must be supremely valuable to us. More valuable than health and life. 

But what if the intense suffering is happening to your child? Can God really be more valuable…

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