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This is Lesson 1 of 3 in the Are Christians Missing Out series by farawaydistance.

As Christians it can feel like we’re missing out when the young people around us are drinking… but we’re not. Becca shares her own experience on this, along with a biblical worldview on the topic.

Video Highlights

  • It’s easy to think that God doesn’t want us to have fun. But it’s deeper than that. Behind every command there’s a real reason for it. God is against drunkenness to protect us and others.
  • Drinking alcohol itself isn’t a sin, but drunkenness is (Ephesians 1:18). All sin has consequences. Just like kindness has a positive ripple effect, drunkenness has negative effects.
  • When people say that God doesn’t want us to have fun, it’s a lie (John 15:10-11). When we follow the commands God has given us in his word, we’ll have true joy.
  • There’s a big contrast between getting drunk and being filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 1:18). One leads us to hurt others and the other leads us to help others.


[Related: When Sin Looks More Enjoyable than God]

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. Make a list of the ways drunkenness can have negative ripple effects. Have you seen any of this happen to people you know?
  4. Read Ephesians 1:18-20. What does this passage say about drinking? What does it say about drunkenness? What does being filled with alcohol lead to? What does being filled with the Spirit lead to?
  5. Read John 15:10-11. Have you ever heard or thought that God doesn’t want us to have fun as followers of Jesus? What does this passage say about it?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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