What if control is a flawed word to describe God’s sovereignty? What if there is an infinitely better word, a greater revelation, LOVE! Through a fresh look at God’s sovereignty, Jason invites you into a transforming encounter with the love and goodness of our heavenly Father.

This is part 2 of Sovereign Love, a six-session teaching series by Jason Clark based on his book, God Is (Not) In Control. Book and teaching series are available at www.afamilystory.org


“You know what I love about atheists, how much they believe in God. You know what breaks my heart about atheists, what they believe about God; you know what breaks my heart even more than that, what they believe about God, it was taught to them by the church.”

“The more you put faith in sovereign control the more you compromise God’s goodness.”

“Many years ago I decided if there was ever anything I was to be uncertain about regarding the nature of God, it wouldn’t be about always good love.”

“To understand how God’s sovereignty works is to understand what Jesus is like.

“Jesus never revealed God’s sovereignty as controlling.”

“The ideology, the very idea that God is in control, was birthed by Satan in the Garden of Eden.”

“Sovereign control is the only narrative the devil knows, it’s his theology.”

“I’m not saying we’re not in a battle, buts it’s not the one you think guys, it’s the battle for His goodness, it’s the battle to, by faith, believe that love is sovereign in all things.”

Podcast intro and outro music by Wilde Assembly

Derek Turner Follower of Jesus, in love with @sarahjturner, father to @caro.turn & @kaaatters, owner of Milo, pastor @rivercharlotte. Amazed by Grace

Jason Clark is a writer, speaker, and lead communicator at A Family Story ministries. His mission is to encourage sons and daughters to grow sure in the love of an always-good heavenly Father. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina with their three children.


  1. Doug Mead


    I am a long time Christian and have been a Bible teacher for years. I recently retired as the Executive Director of a non-profit foster care and adoption agency. I’m writing a book about addressing challenging issues in our relationship with God. I have one chapter which challenges the notion that God is in Control of everything and would like to use a few quotes from your book “God is not in Control” on why you don’t agree with that concept. I’m new to book writing. I’d like to use your quotes as a positive reflection on you and to affirm that I agree with you while providing the name of your book. Is there something I need to do to get permission to use your quote?


    Doug Mead

    • Jason Clark

      Hey Doug,

      I’ll text as well but wanted to respond. Great to meet you! Very intrigued by the non-profit, I have adopted brothers, and my wife and I have a heart for connecting kids and families.

      Congrats on the book! Feel free to quote and reference whatever you need. As to publisher permissions, I self-published that book, so have at it! 🙂

      Thanks for reaching out, honored to be on the journey with you! Let me know when the book is going out, I’d love to read it!


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