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Pastor Ginger Medley uses Luke 24:13-31 to emphasize three main points: 1) Futurus: events that can be rationally derived out of the present to reflect future possibilities; 2) Adventus: God comes into our present situation and transcends what is naturally or rationally possible to create a new and unexpected future; and 3) Adventus Faith: Developed in the Eating the Bread, Drinking the Cup. Jesus is the bread of life!
Christians often want to know what the Bible says about these issues. Dancing was a big deal in the church a generation ago - less so today but some Christians still want to know what the Bible has to say. I address this issue breifly. Drinking alcholol is a bigger issue and Christians can disagree widely about it. The real question is not what I think or you think but, what does the Bible say?!
What has mastered you? Taking on addiction with three Biblical principles 1) Take it to God 2) Take it public 3) Take it down
Peter warns Christians to "abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul" (1 Peter 2:11); and since drunkenness is such a fleshly lust (Gal. 5:21), total abstinence is the best way to obey this teaching. Due to the biblical concerns regarding alcohol and its effects, due to the easy temptation to consume alcohol in excess, and due to the possibility of causing offense and/or stumbling of others, it is usually best for a Christian to abstain entirely from drinking alcohol. When Christians drink they are associating with the characteristics of poverty, misery, immorality, and instability, when they should be associating with the characteristics of the Lord: morality, purity, righteousness, holiness and godliness. Let’s bewiser than the world, just abstain from alcohol altogether. Save yourself from many woes, sorrows, strife, complaints, bruising, and bloodshot eyes.
Did you know that out of the 70 references on drinking in the Bible all of them but just a few speak of it in very negative connotations? The few favorable ones speak in medicinal uses. To describe some of the wording of the alcohol related verses would be debauchery, rebellion, deception, stubbornness, fighting, mocking, babbling, red eyes, anger, immorality, brawling, adultery, and fatality. These are not good words to be associated with. The words “wine and beer” is speaking of the intoxicating drinks of beverages fermented from the grape (wine) and grains (beer); which leads to be inebriated stages of mocking and brawling, aggressive behavior that is out of control. Let’s not be led astray by alcohol-let’s bewiser!
Jesus came to call sinners to repentance. This simple proclamation was extremely offensive to the Jewish leaders of Jesus' day. This week we'll find out why.
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