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Summary: A balanced look at the verses on drinking with an emphasis on our freedom in Christ.

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A STARTING POINT: We all know that Baptists are generally teetotalers, but what does the Bible actually teach?

THE DANGERS OF DRINKING:

1. The Bible says that excessive drinking is foolish.

- Proverbs 20:1; Proverbs 23:20-21, 31-35; Isaiah 5:11; Isaiah 28:1; Luke 21:34; Romans 13:13; 1 Corinthians 6:10; Ephesians 5:18.

2. The Bible says that drunkenness is not fitting for a Christian.

- 1 Corinthians 5:11; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Timothy 3:8.

SO IS ALL DRINKING CONDEMNED?

1. The Bible sometimes speaks of wine as a gift from God.

- Psalm 104:45.

2. Paul speaks of using win for health purposes.

- 1 Timothy 5:23.

3. It appears that Jesus drank wine.

- Matthew 11:16-19; John 2:1-11.

A KEY ISSUE: CHRISTIANS FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY

1. If at all possible, don’t allow your freedom in Christ to be a stumbling block to a fellow believer.

- Romans 14:1-21; 1 Corinthians 8:9-13.

2. If at all possible, don’t allow your freedom in Christ to be a stumbling block to an unbeliever.

- 1 Corinthians 9:19-22; 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1.

3. We are to use our freedom in Christ as an opportunity to serve.

- Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 2:16.


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