Every morning I have the privilege of listening to local Pastor Stephen Davey on The Bible Broadcasting Network. He is the Senior Pastor of Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, NC. This morning on my commute to work I listened to a sermon from Davey on Romans 8:28. It was actually quite different altogether. I've only really ever heard this verse spoke of in the positive as opposed to the negative. Now, don't get me wrong, when I say negative I don't mean bad. What I mean is, as the title suggests, Davey shows in essence how not to use this verse, or, what this verse doesn't mean. I found the sermon simple, but intriguing. If you have the time to listen to it, please do; then come back and share some thoughts, if you feel so inclined. The link is below.
Here is a few excerpts...
"We arrive today, at perhaps the most familiar verse in the entire New Testament. Romans 8:28 is a verse we tend to carry around in our hip pocket and pull out whenever we need a sense of meaning, or purpose, or even an answer from God."
"Romans 8:28 is not an explanation for suffering and it is, secondly, not a prohibition against sorrow. Have you ever heard a Christian say to another believer, “Now don’t cry . . . remember, Romans 8:28!” The motto of many in the church is, “Deep Christians don’t cry!” Well, if that is the case, then Jesus Christ failed miserably outside Lazarus’ tomb where He wept openly. And the crowd said in John, chapter 11, verse 36b: See how He loved him!"
"This verse in Romans is no biblical prohibition to grieving. However, have you ever shared some challenge and the person handed back to you, like a prescription from the doctor, “Romans 8:28,” and said, “take one of these in the morning with a glass of water and you’ll fee better.”
"How many believers are afraid to show how they feel, especially if they feel sorrow or frustration or loss or confusion or doubt? Church can become a masquerade, and a misapplied Romans 8:28 can be the leading cause of it."
You can access the sermon here (click here), or you can also read the entire transcript of the sermon in a pdf. (click here).