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Should Christians Go Out For Social Drinks? (Veta Seminar #3)
Transcript of Should Christians Go Out For Social Drinks? (Veta Seminar #3)
via invocative questions What if it was a stumbling block for others? Does drinking + debauchery go hand in hand? Those who have alcohol problems? Setting a bad example for younger/new believers? How far is too far? Group Witness? Who are you with? a social/cultural issue Can be summed up into three major questions- viewpoints Who are you drinking with? Where are you drinking? Why are you drinking? Press to start define social drinks? having enough to celebrate? having too much & being drunk Everyone has
an opinion the matter
Who are we drinking with? Biblical References Ephesians 5:18- Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 2 Peter 2:19- They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. 1 Corinthians 6:12- "Everything is permissible for me"—but not everything is beneficial.
"Everything is permissible for me"—but I will not be mastered by anything. One of our three main questions- 1 Corinthians 8:9- Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. Are we being a good group witness to other people? Are we drinking with people who are not allowed to drink? Minors & DUI Offenders Where are we drinking? Important to remember our location when having a drink
Is it appropriate to be drinking here? Are the right people around? Are we trying to make it our ministry? Why are we drinking? Final and main point... How often are we going out for drinks? Just because we can? It comes down to conscience It will always come down to a matter of conscience...
If you feel like drinking, and can remain in control then fine But if not, then don't... it's a simple choice the most important thing in this is to not be judgemental or legalistic, if other people are okay with going out and drinking- then that is their choice and you should respect it, likewise if they choose the opposite. 1 Corinthians 8:9- Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 1 Corinthians 10:31- So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. The End....