“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” Eph. 5:18
God’s Word does not condemn the right and moderate use of alcoholic beverages such as wine; but it very clearly condemns all drunkenness, that is, being intoxicated or impaired by the use of alcohol or other drugs. Therefore, it is a sin to become drunk (or high); and those who do not repent of their drunkenness will not inherit the kingdom of God but will instead be condemned to the eternal fires of hell (Gal. 5:19-21; Rom. 6:23a)!
God would have all repent of their sinful ways, trusting in Him to forgive their sins for the sake of Jesus Christ and His holy, precious blood, shed upon the cross for the sins of the world (cf. 2 Pet. 3:9; Ezek. 33:11; 1 John 1:5—2:2).
As forgiven children of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Gal. 3:26), God would not have us be drunk with wine (or any other drug), but, rather, be filled with His Holy Spirit, who has graciously brought us to faith in Christ and who sanctifies and keeps us in that faith through the hearing of God’s saving Word (cf. 1 Cor. 12:3; Rom. 10:17; 2 Thess. 2:13-15). God desires that we continue in His Word and follow the leading and guiding which His Spirit gives us there (cf. Col. 3:16). He would have us yield ourselves to His Spirit, who dwells in us, and not give in to the sinful desires of our flesh (cf. Gal. 5:16).
And why? That the Spirit might continue His gracious working in our hearts and lives and bring us safely through this life to our eternal home in heaven (cf. 2 Tim. 4:18)!
Dear Heavenly Father, for Jesus’ sake, forgive us for the many times we have sinned against You and grieved Your Spirit. Grant that we not give in to our old evil nature or let ourselves become intoxicated with alcohol or drugs. Rather, give us the desire to study and learn Your Word and yield ourselves to Your indwelling Spirit. In Jesus’ name name we pray. Amen.
Meditations in the Commandments
“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14
While me might commonly think of adultery only in the narrowest sense of being unfaithful to the marriage vow by engaging in a sexual relationship outside of marriage, this commandment of the LORD God really applies to all perversions of – all adulterating of – God’s original design and intent for the marriage relationship described for us in Genesis 2.
Thus, a person commits adultery when he or she is unfaithful to the marriage vow and has a sexual relationship outside of marriage; but a person also commits adultery through divorce, evil thoughts, pornography, fornication, sexual immorality, homosexuality and any other sexual perversion. Even a refusal to fulfill one’s duties in marriage is contrary to God’s intent and design (cf. 1 Corinthians 7:1ff.). And, whatever is not in accord with God’s intent and design at creation – the lifelong commitment and union of a man and a woman in marriage – is adultery.
This is why Jesus said, “Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28). He also says, “Whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery” (Matthew 5:32; cf. Mark 10:12; Matthew 19:3ff.). The Bible clearly teaches: “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4).
When we consider this commandment, we again see our sins and failures to live up to God’s holy intent and design in creation. In fact, our whole culture is in rebellion against God’s will and design for marriage and a sexual union between one man and one woman within marriage; and we, as individuals, have also disobeyed and rebelled in our thoughts, words and actions.
Our only hope is in Messiah Jesus, who kept this commandment perfectly in our stead and then bore our full punishment and won our pardon and release when He suffered and died upon the cross for the sins of the world and rose again on the third day. He calls us to repent of our evil ways and turn unto Him for forgiveness and life everlasting. Only in Him and His blood shed for us upon the cross can we sinners find pardon, forgiveness and peace!
O dearest Jesus, forgive me for my sins in thought, word and deed. Change my heart to be like Yours. Amen.
Preparing for Sunday
Scripture Readings for Sunday are: Psalm 14; Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:1-47. Please read them in their context as you prepare for worship.
Sunday Adult Bible Class will continue its study of 1 Peter, continuing in chapter 5.
Verse to Remember
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.” Joel 2:28-29
Remember to Pray
Remember to pray for our church and for all our members, that none be lost to Christ’s kingdom but that all continue in repentance and be strengthened and built up in the true and saving faith in Christ Jesus through the hearing and study of His Word. We continue to pray for all who have been sick or who are suffering among us – for Sam Rusch, Bonnie Hawes, Robert and Dawn Hiebert, Mel Boren, Jennifer Rhamy, Harley Woods, Freda Stueland – for our extended families and for believers who are alone and have no congregation.
Events and Announcements
Passion Play - The congregation is considering a trip to Eureka Springs to see the Passion Play. A tentative date is the evening of Saturday, June 8. Show time for the Passion Play is 8:30 p.m., but free performances of David the Shepherd and Parables of the Potter begin at 7 and 7:30 p.m. The group pricing is about $21 for adults and $11 for children 6-16. Children under 6 are free. The voters have approved paying the cost for members and guests to attend. Members would have the option of contributing to help cover the costs. Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Jim Mayer (email@example.com) as soon as possible so that reservations can be made. Should June 8 be unworkable for members, alternative dates may be suggested. June 7 was suggested, but some have already said that date would not be workable.
Information for bulletins or newsletters may be sent to Pastor Moll by calling him at 479-233-0081 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.