This topic is adapted from the Joseph Solomon YouTube channel.
- “Should” Christians drink alcohol and “can” Christians drink alcohol are different questions!
- Did Jesus turn water into alcoholic wine at the wedding in Cana (John 2)? Yes. The same word in Greek is used in Ephesians 5:18 when the Apostle Paul tells the Ephesians not to be drunk with wine. If it isn’t alcoholic wine we’re talking about, why would getting drunk off of it be an issue?
- Romans 14 is a good guide for thinking about alcohol. If we cause others to sin because of our freedom, we are sinning. If you drink in front of people who are struggling with alcoholism, you’ve missed the point of the freedom you have in Jesus Christ.
- If you feel personally that you shouldn’t drink alcohol, then you should feel free to quit drinking altogether.
- Though we are allowed to drink alcohol, no Christian is ever permitted to get drunk.
- Jesus turned water into wine for a good reason. Wine in the Old Testament (OT) was symbolic of God’s favor and blessing. Jesus was symbolically saying at the wedding in Cana that a new era had begun.
Written content for this topic by Daniel Martin.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Do you think it’s wrong for Christians to drink alcohol, or have you heard someone else say that it is wrong? Explain.
- Is it okay for Christians to drink underage if they don’t get drunk? Explain why or why not.
- Why do you think God tells Christians not to get drunk? Explain.
- Do you the Bible’s teachings about alcohol could also apply to drugs or other habits? Why or why not?
- “If something is personally sinful to you, then it is actually sin.” Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.