believe the scriptures are very clear that on the night Jesus instituted the
Lord’s supper, they partook of wine, the fruit of the vine, a fermented
beverage made from grapes. I also
believe that Scripture and history are very clear that wine was an appropriate
drink for Christians throughout the history of the church – and no one used to
check your ID.
here is another place where we could have divisions among us. Because of the sin of drunkenness and a
humanistic and statist approach at dealing with it, we now have all kinds of
regulations surrounding the partaking of this drink – a drink Jesus used in
order to reveal His divine nature in His first public miracle at a wedding in
because of generations of confusion in our culture – and generations now in the
church of mixed messages surrounding alcohol, we also offer grape juice. We do so knowing that we are dividing the
tray – but we’d rather do that right now than divide the congregation. But here is another exhortation to start
where you are – where we are – and grow in our maturity of understanding the
scriptures. Let’s study together, with
charity and gentleness, but with sober Bible Study. There is an answer to be found.