Romans 8:28–39


1. What does God’s commitment look like? 
2. Why is he that committed?


Marriage was an economic institution in which you were given a partnership for life in terms of children and social status and succession and companionship. But now we want our partner to still give us all these things, but in addition, I want you to be my best friend and my trusted confidant and my passionate lover to boot, and we live twice as long. So we come to one person, and we basically are asking them to give us what once an entire village used to provide: Give me belonging, give me identity, give me continuity, but give me transcendence and mystery and awe all in one. Give me comfort, give me edge. Give me novelty, give me familiarity. Give me predictability, give me surprise.
— Dr. Esther Perel, “Rethinking infidelity ... a talk for anyone who has ever loved”
A covenant is an unchangeable, divinely imposed legal agreement between God and man that stipulates the conditions of their relationship
— Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology
The nuns taught us there are two ways through life, the way of Nature and the way of Grace. You have to choose which one you’ll follow.

Grace doesn’t try to please itself. Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries.

Nature only wants to please itself. Get others to please it too. Likes to lord it over them. To have its own way. It finds reasons to be unhappy when all the world is shining around it. And love is smiling through all things.”

They taught us that no one who loves the way of grace... ever comes to a bad end.
I will be true to You. Whatever comes.
— Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life


Lord I Need You

Grace Alone

My Lord I Did Not Choose You

Solid Rock