What does the Bible say about alcohol and drugs? Not a lot, but what it does say may surprise you. How do we handle alcohol and drugs in our modern context? How do we handle addiction? Join us for a powerful message and gain a Biblical view on alcohol and drugs. #GCHonor

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Key Scripture:

Ecclesiastes 9:7 (NLT)

7 So go ahead. Eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a happy heart, for God approves of this!

Psalm 104:14–15 (NLT)

14 You cause grass to grow for the livestock

      and plants for people to use.

    You allow them to produce food from the earth— 15 wine to make them glad,

    olive oil to soothe their skin,

      and bread to give them strength.

Galatians 5:19–23 (NLT)

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)

12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

1 Peter 5:8 (NLT)

8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • Share a humorous or surprising story about a time when something didn't go as planned at a social gathering or celebration. How did you or others respond to the unexpected situation?

Start sharing. These questions are to help get your group thinking and to create openness.

  • Read Ecclesiastes 9:7 and Psalm 104:14-15. How do these verses inform our understanding of God's intention for joy and celebration versus misuse and excess? (Ref John 2:1-11)
  • The sermon highlighted the distinction between what is legal and what is morally right. How do you navigate this difference in your own decisions and can you support those decisions with Scripture?
  • Read Galatians 5:19-23 and compare the two lists. How can we cultivate the fruits of the Spirit while diminishing the deeds of the flesh?
  • Ephesians 6:12 and 1 Peter 5:8 describe the spiritual battle behind much addiction and misuse. How does putting on the 'armor of God' or being 'sober-minded' equip us to face these and other spiritual challenges?
  • Reflecting on the closing message, what does it mean that 'we are all sick and we all need help, and Jesus Christ is the only one who can help us'? How can we apply this understanding in our approach to addiction, broader misuse, and how we help others?
  • In his message, Jeremy emphasized the importance of community, accountability, and authenticity in addressing challenges and making life changes. How can a Small Group help you overcome such challenges?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Choose one fruit of the spirit which you feel God is calling you to more intentionally cultivate, and commit to a daily practice of demonstrating this fruit with others, and meditating on it daily.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Let's pray for those struggling with substance abuse, for the wisdom to navigate our freedoms in Christ in a way that honors Him, and for the strength to support and encourage each other in grace and truth.

Start digging. For further study.

Alcohol:

  • Is it a sin to drink alcohol?
  • Is it ok in small doses?
  • What does the Bible really say about this?

 

Jesus’ First Miracle: turning water to wine (John 2:1-11)

  • Matthew 26:29
  • Ecclesiastes 9:7
  • Psalm 104:14-15
  • Proverbs 20:1
  • Isaiah 5:11

 

(Other) Good Gifts of God:

  • Food
  • Sex
  • Work
  • Money

 

Drugs:

  • What about drugs?
  • Does the Bible talk about drugs?
  • Are they a good gift from God too?

 

"Sorcery" (Galatians 5:18-24, NASB)
Greek = pharmakeia
Pharmacy / Pharmaceuticals

 

Ask Yourself:

  • Am I glorifying God with this?
  • Is this helping or hurting my walk with God?
  • Can I use these things in this way and still expect people to see Jesus in my life?

 

Drugs:

  • What about legality?
  • Is it okay to use drugs that are legal?

 

Addiction:

  • Over 20 Million in Addiction
  • Over 23 Million in Recovery
  • 1 in 7 people will wrestle with addiction in their life
  • 58 Million nicotine addiction
  • 14.5 Million - alcohol use disorder
  • Almost 5 Million - marijuana use disorder
  • 3.4 Million have an opioid disorder
  • 2 Million have a stimulant disorder

 

Is Addiction A Moral Failure? (no)

  • 50% of people in addiction have a physical predisposition
  • People don’t set out to become addicted
  • Most people are coping with acceptance, pain, trauma or depression
  • Generational Curses: Lifestyle / Behavioral component of addiction
  • Addiction causes changes in the brain
  • Affects cognitive and reasoning abilities
  • Chronic condition (not acute)

 

The Spiritual Side of Addiction: Ephesians 6:12, Revelation 12:7-9

 

The Enemy:

  • The Dragon
  • The Serpent – Genesis 3
  • The Devil – Diabolos: The Adversary
  • Satan – The Accuser
  • The Deceiver
  • THIS is why we need to be careful with alcohol and drugs

 

Growth Track: generationschurch.com/growth-track

 

Abundant Life:

  • Community
    • Isolation v. Community
    • Small Groups
    • Celebrate Recovery
  • Accountability
    • Accountability Partner
    • Men
    • I’ve Got This
  • Authenticity
    • Authenticity Leads to Recovery
    • We Are All Sick and Need Recovery

 

 

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