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This is part 1 in the Are Christians Missing Out? series.

As Christians it can feel like we're missing out when the young people around us are drinking...but we're not.

It’s easy to think that God doesn’t want us to have fun when the people around us are drinking, partying, and seem to be having a great time. But it’s deeper than that. God is not just being a stick in the mud or making rules for no good reason. He is against drunkenness to protect us and others.

[Related: Should Christians Drink Alcohol?]

When people say that God doesn’t want us to have fun, it’s a lie. When we follow the commands God has given us in his word, we’ll have true joy. That’s why Jesus said this in John 15:

John 15:10-11 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!

[Related: When Sin Looks More Enjoyable than God]

Drinking alcohol itself isn’t a sin, but drunkenness is (Ephesians 5:18). All sin has consequences. Just like kindness has a positive ripple effect, drunkenness has negative effects. If we truly love him and want to follow him, we will obey his commands. That’s why Jesus says:

John 14:15 If you love me, obey my commandments.

If nothing else, we should not get drunk and party because God tells us not to.

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Make a list of the ways drunkenness can have negative ripple effects. Have you seen any of this happen to people you know?
  3. Read Ephesians 5:18-20. 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?
  4. 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?
  5. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
This topic is adapted from the farawaydistance YouTube channel. Written content for this topic edited by Daniel Martin.