What’s In The Egg Nog? Dec. 1-7

 

Message Outline

But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do. Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.

1 Corinthians 8:8-13

 

Exercise your freedom carefully

 

Understand your company

 

Protect the other person


Group Discussion Questions

 

  1. We talked about how this topic can have different perspectives. What perspective do you have about drinking alcohol? Do you think Christians should drink alcohol or not? Why?
  2. What are some of the warnings in the Bible about the abuse of alcohol?
  3. 1 Corinthians 8:9-13 talks about protecting the “weaker brother.” How do you know if a person is a “weaker brother” in the area of alcohol?
  4. What kinds of situations have you been in where you chose to abstain from drinking alcohol?
  5. What kinds of situations have you been in where you chose to drink alcohol in a way that gives God honor?
  6. Is giving God honor in the area of alcohol simply not getting drunk or is there more to it?
  7. Do you have teenagers in your home? If yes, what do you do to protect them as the “weaker brother”? Is this something you have thought about before?
  8. How will you give honor to God over the holiday season with your friends and family by how you interact with alcohol?

 

Family Discussion Questions

 

  1. What do you think about drinking beer or wine? Should Christian’s drink – why or why not?
  2. What do you think some of the potential problems are with people that drink alcohol? What does Proverbs 23:29-35 say about this issue?
  3. Read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 and Romans 14:1-18. How does Paul say we should act toward the people God puts in our lives? Why does Paul say we should do that?
  4. As a believer in Jesus, are there things you do or say that might not represent Jesus well? What are they? How does your behavior have the potential to shape how another person views Jesus?
  5. What does Matthew 5:14-15 say our responsibility is to the people around us? What is the light that Jesus is talking about? How can you let your light shine?
  6. Are there things you are doing now that are stopping you from growing more like Jesus?
  7. Are there things you are doing that are causing other people to not want to know Jesus better?
  8. As a family pray through Psalm 139:23-24 asking God to reveal to you ways you can represent Christ well in the difficult circumstances you are facing.

 

 

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