Here are some questions that I couldn't get to in time from the Q&A on Sunday:
Q: I know being drunk is a sin, but is having alcohol such as a glass of wine a sin?
A:I don't think this is as much a sin issues as it is a wisdom issue. Proverbs 20:1 says, "Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise." Ephesians 5:18, 1 Cor. 6:12, Hab 2:15, Proverbs 23:29-35 and Isaiah 5:11 are just a few places in the Bible that deal with alcohol. Bottom line: The Bible does not forbid drinking alcohol; it only forbids drunkenness. However, I have made a personal decision to abstain from all alcohol not because of a Biblical conviction necessarily, but because of a personal one. Why would I want to "dabble" in something that has the potential to be so harmful and damaging? I have found plenty of other things in life to "relax" or "unwind" with without having to turn to alcohol. Would I condemn or judge a Christian that has the occasional drink? No, absolutely not. The Bible simply doesn't give me the latitude to do that. I would, however, lovingly encourage that person to examine their motives.
Q: How is it that a book written by men is supposed to be the Word of God?
A: The Bible was written by 40 different authors from various backgrounds (fishermen, tax collectors, prophets, kings, and doctors) and cultures (Greek, Roman, Jewish) who were inspired by the Holy Spirit over a period of about 1500 years. And despite all of these differences, there is an amazing congruity throughout the Scriptures. Only God could cause that to happen! How else do you explain the hundreds of Messianic prophesies in the Old Testament that told of Jesus' birth, death, burial, and resurrection in great detail - all centuries before it happened? This alone should be enough to convince any skeptic that Jesus is the Messiah and that the Bible is the Word of God.