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Summary: God’s commandments are "for our good" -- not to keep us from fun, but to keep us from pain. This sermon is on Commandment #1. *HANDOUT INCLUDED*

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Preventing Unnecessary Pain In Your Life

SERIES INTRO

There are different kinds of pain that come into our lives.

1. Inevitable Pain: comes into our lives just because they are lives.

- You learn to walk, and you’re going to fall down.

- You eat, and you’re going to get sick sooner or later.

- Hurricanes hit the gulf coast.

2. Victim pain: comes into our lives because others do wrong.

- Someone drinks and drives, and someone is killed or crippled.

- Someone flies a plane into a building and many people die.

- Someone abuses/rapes, and people have scars forever.

3. Growing pain: comes into our lives to make us more like Jesus.

- “Pain with a purpose”

- Some sickness. (We talked about this last week.)

- Sometimes emotional pain of hurts and hangups.

Nothing can keep you out of these kinds of pain. But some pain is not like that at all. There’s a fourth category, and that’s what this series is about.

4. Unnecessary pain: comes into our lives because of mistakes and sins. (Mistakes and sins are not the same thing. Leaving your car door unlocked is a mistake. Disobeying a command of God written in the Bible is a sin. See 1 John 3:4)

How many of you have ever heard someone ask “Why did this happen?” How many of you have heard that question and known EXACTLY why it happened, and it was that person’s fault? Have you ever thought "I could tell you, if you’d listen...?"

Too often, people ask “Why?” when the answer is very clear. They were playing “Russian Roulette” with sin and lost.

With some kinds of pain, God sits in heaven, watches us hurting and sighs. . . “They could have stopped that from happening!”

I passed out a survey some months ago, asking people what things they’d like to hear talked about in our Sunday morning service. I had a question on that survey that said this: “Finish the sentence: ‘What do you say to someone when...’”

Guess what the #1 response to that one was?

“When they’re hurting themselves and everyone around them?”

Maybe you’ve lived with that person. Maybe you ARE that person!

Let me take a little survey: How many of you would say, “Darrell, if you could teach me principles of how to stay away from that pain, I’d love to learn them and apply them to my life!” *HANDS*

Well, good, because that’s what we’re going to do. You’ve got a lot of life ahead of you, and I want to share some principles with you that will keep you out of that 4th area of pain.

Let me say something right up front here: These sermons are for the believers who are here. If you’re not a believer, we want to respect you and give you the right to choose on YOUR timetable whether you want to be an all-out follower of Jesus Christ. But I want to give you the lowdown ahead of time – this is what you’re getting into. If you like the sound of it, great! Join up and take the journey with us. If not, I respect your right to make that decision, and I hope you’ll come back and hear the rest of what the Bible has to say.


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