What does the Bible say about ALCOHOL?

Starting our new series on Wednesday night entitled, “What does the Bible say about…”.  Week one – Alcohol.  Also got plenty of good topics from you all this past week to do next week.  I’ll post my teaching outlines on here for you to reference.

 

What does the Bible have to say about ALCOHOL?

Is wine in the Bible alcoholic?

  • Genesis 9:20-21 – “Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.”
  • Noah was obviously drinking fermented wine
  • John 2:1-11 – Jesus turns water into wine at a wedding
  • John 2:9-10 – “and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, ‘Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.’”
  • The bad wine was served later so it’s quality would not be noticed by drunken guests. Again, obviously alcoholic wine

Is drinking alcohol a sin?

  • The wine itself is not sinful, because sin lies in the hands of men and women.
  • When a man is intoxicated by wine, it is a sin
  • The Bible teaches us to use moderation – even eating too much is a sin according to Proverbs 23
  • Bottom Line
    • Anyone underage who drinks is in sin – “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God” – Romans 13:1
    • Galatians 5:13 warns us not to use our liberty in Christ to sin – “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love”
    • 1 Corinthians 8:9 tells us not to use our freedom to cause someone else to stumble – “Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.”
    • Numbers 6:2-3 – “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man or woman wants to make a special vow, a vow of separation to the LORD as a Nazirite, he must abstain from wine and other fermented drink and must not drink vinegar made from wine or from other fermented drink. He must not drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins”
    • Those who wish to take a special vow to the Lord were called “Nazirites”
    • They abstained from all alcoholic drinks – even the grapes that the wine was made from
      • So are you saying that we can’t even eat grapes?
      • No, the Nazirites wanted to avoid anything that might lead them to getting drunk or drinking wine, so they avoided grapes altogether
      • Modern day equivalent?  Not going certain places (parties, friends houses, etc.) you know would put you in tempting situations.
    • As Christians, we are called to be “set apart”, that is “holy” to the Lord – Romans 12:1-2 – “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
    • Christians, like the Nazirites, are set apart and should abstain from alcoholic drink
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