Sufferers Need a Sovereign God

Acts 4:23–30


A sovereign God reigns over suffering. Therefore, we have a place to go for help, healing, and hope. In this lab, John Piper teaches sufferers how to pray by looking to their God who rules over everything.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Acts 4:23–30:

  1. Is it true that those suffering need a sovereign God? How can it help the hurting to know that God allows their pain?
  2. Read Acts 4:23–30. What role did God have in the suffering of Jesus at the cross? What role did the Gentiles and rulers have?
  3. Is there someone you know who is suffering that you could encourage by praying Acts 4:23–30 for them?

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Principles of Bible Reading

Ground

This is one of the richest relationships in the Bible. A ground gives support or a reason for another statement. One way to think of it is that it is the ground upon which another statement is built. A grounding statement is often introduced by the words “for,” “because,” or “since.”

A “ground” is an argument or reason for another statement. One way to remember this is that the ground is the ground upon which another statement is built. The supporting (or grounding) statement comes after the statement it supports. When you come to a grounding statement in the Bible, ask what came before it that it supports.