The Lord is blessing us with young people in this church, you notice. Our new member receptions on Sunday nights, so many young people. The Lord is bringing a generation of young people to the knowledge of Himself and it's just a terrific joy for me.
And speaking of young people, I was asked before the service why it is that I have decided the last couple of weeks to talk to you about the Christian and drinking alcohol. Maybe I do need to tell you why. I have decided to do this because it's been a long time since I talked about this. Of course, I have spoken about it in the past and all of that is available on MP3s and CDs and much of what we have taught through the years is available in books and commentaries.
But the reason I have done this in this particular period of time starts with the fact that you may have many paedidaktikos (?) is the Greek word. You may have many tutors. But if I may be so bold, you have one spiritual Father, in the earthly sense and Paul said that to the Corinthians. You may have ten thousand paedidaktikos, people influencing you but you have one who is responsible for your soul in a very real sense as your teacher.
You know, when we talk about what the church is, it really comes down to Hebrews 13:17. That verse sums up how the church works. "Submit to those who are over you in the Lord, follow their faith for they care for your souls as those who must give an account." That's a pretty serious accountability. I have to give an account for the care of your souls. And the dangers of alcoholism are obvious to all of us. And it's a part of soul care, and particularly because our church is so full of young people and they're the most vulnerable and the most susceptible to the dangers of drunkenness and the habits that are developed from consuming alcohol....