Coping with Care

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“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

I. Some Are Care(less)

“… [the] city that dwelt carelessly … how is she become a desolation …” (Zeph. 2:15).

A. There are many careless people in today’s world. Their lives are in jeopardy—physically and spiritually.

B. Accidents are caused by carelessness. Financial loss is sustained and lives are lost through careless living.

C. Many are careless about spiritual things. They fail to accept Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives. Christians often neglect their prayer life, church attendance, and service to God.

D. God is displeased with careless living. He sent His Son to die for our sins. He expects us to be good stewards of our lives—diligent in love and service (1 Peter 4:18).

II. Some Are Care(ful)

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer …” (Phil. 4:6).

A. Millions are weighed down with the burden of sin. This load is too heavy for them to bear.

B. Jesus came to take away our sins. We can be set free from the bondage and burden of sin by exercising repentance and faith.

  p 21  C. Many Christians are filled with care and anxiety. They struggle through life, trying to carry their own burdens and the responsibility for others.

D. God is displeased when His people are full of care. We must cast our care on Him. He wants to relieve us of our burdens (1 Peter 5:7).

III. Some Are Care(free)

“Stand fast … in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free …” (Gal. 5:1).

A. Many Christians are in bondage, but this is displeasing to God. It is His will that His children be set free.

B. Total commitment to God liberates us from bondage to self.

C. Helping the less fortunate, visiting the sick, comforting the bereaved, and sharing Christ with the unsaved brings freedom from self-centeredness.

D. Simple trusting faith—just taking Christ at His word—brings freedom. Only Christ can enable us to cope with care (John 8:32–36).

 Spray, R. E. (1978). Easy-to-Use Sermon Outlines (pp. 20–21). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

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