A Contextual Study on “The Hope of Israel”/Resurrection of the Dead (Pt. 3)

For this part 3, we continued study and discussion on Genesis 2:16-17 and the rest of Genesis 2, as well as Genesis 3:14-24. 

You can review the study video at the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV16OYz9zP0


Genesis 2:16-17 – “the death of Adam” 
(Arguments against “death that day”)

Book of Jubilees/Thousand Years mention 

Gen. 2:17; 5:5; 

One article said, The problem with this interpretation is that God told Adam that because he had eaten of the tree that his body would return to dust (Gen. 3:17-19), signifying a physical death”  and went on to say “There is another possibility as to why Adam lived for many days after eating of the forbidden fruit.  Perhaps Adam died not in that day indicating a twenty-four hour period,but in that day indicating an epoch or more specifically a millennium.” (2 Peter 3:8) 

Jubilees 4:29-30:

…he was the first to be buried in the ground.  He lacked seventy years of one thousand years, for a thousand years are one day in the testimony of heaven.  Therefore it is written about the tree of knowledge: “For on the day you eat from it, you shall die.”  Therefore he did not complete the years of this day because he died during it.

Church father Justin Martyr confessed:

Now we have understood that the expression used among these words, ‘According to the days of the tree [of life] shall be the days of my people; the works of their toil shall abound’ obscurely predicts a thousand years. For as Adam was told that in the day he ate of the tree he would die, we know that he did not complete a thousand years. We have perceived, moreover, that the expression, ‘The day of the Lord is as a thousand years,’ is connected with this subject.       

Popular Belief/Assuming 

One person said: “Well we have no idea how long was alive until Eve was introduced on the scene. We know he was approximately 130 years old when he had his first child. He did name all the animals, so it wasn’t a short period. And it’s popular belief that he didn’t start to age until he sinned

I feel it’s safe to assume he saw multiple animals die and come and go. I don’t think the concept of death was totally foreign.

And we know from scripture he was banned from the garden so he wouldn’t eat from the tree of life and live forever. Thus losing or not being able to have eternal life.

Death Postponed 

One person said, Certainly. It was the physical death that was postponed, but also, Adam did not receive the office that he would have had he been faithful. The “wind” that visited the Garden was the Spirit of God—Adam missed out on his personal Pentecost. All he had was the natural breath God had breathed into him. (Jesus also breathed on His disciples as a promise of the supernatural breath from heaven. A Son of God has both—mediating between heaven and earth). This ordeal was for the purpose of qualifying Adam to be God’s legal representative—basically a prophet. Since he was disqualified, not a single word from his mouth after the fall is recorded for us. Instead of Adam being allowed to eat—and thus unite— the priestly and kingly trees, the ministry was split (in the same way that the circumcision split humanity into a priest-king bifurcation, and Israel itself was split for the same reason) and carried out by his sons. Cain’s sin was pushing in and making the kingly offering before Abel’s priestly one—the Land version of his father’s sin in the Garden.” 


  • “We are not talking about biological death here. Focusing on the wrong death here has caused a huge problem in Christianity”. – Richard S.
  • The death is “relationship severed” and the need for “restoration” – Edward H.
  • “Covenant death”. – Vicki C. 

Genesis 3:14-24 – “Because you have done this…”
A few years ago, 2014 to be exact I posted; Jesus came to REVERSE THE CURSE. Amen? 

 So when reading through Genesis chapter 3 in Bible study last night- I realized we need to be able to explain the specifics in a “covenantal” manner about the reverse.

 1.) We know “DEATH” & “SHAME” were immediate results. I would explain that Adam’s relationship with God was “dead” in that moment and this brought forth “shame”/ futility. 

 2.) God cursed the serpent with crawling instead of walking?!?!?

 3.) To the woman, God speaks of childbearing. However if this is physical then why do women today still bear in pain today? 

 4.) Because of Adam the ground was cursed and he would bring forth sustenance by the “sweat of his brow”.

 How do you explain these things?

  • Serpent – cursed above cattle, on your belly you show go, dust be your food, enmity between the seeds; future bruising 
  • Woman – multiply pain in childbirth, desire shall be for your husband (cf. Rom. 7:1-3)
  • Man – Cursed is the ground because of you, thorns and thistles, by labor, return to dust (carnality, idolatry) (cf. Rom. 8:18-23; Isa. 35:6-7; 55:10-13; Hebrews 6:7-8) 

Notice that these are relational changes (when understood in the ANE context)


Covenantal themes in the next few verses 

v. 8,11 – tree’s all through Scripture; Jer. 3:13

(cf. Leviticus 26:12) – covenant language/promise
(prior to “the fall”) 

v. 20 – Eve = “Mother of All Living”  (cf. 2:23 – woman/ flesh of flesh) 

cf. similar to “Abraham’s only son” in Gen. 22:2 (“prophetic”); Dan. 12:7 ; Isa. 65:23-25 (notice the reversal)

v. 21 – garments of animal skin – “coverings” (allusion to Law of Moses) 

v. 22 – “like us, knowing good and evil” – self-righteousness, shame,
“Eat of tree of life and live forever”; cf. Isa. 59:6 

v. 23 – sent out of the Garden, “cultivate ground from which he was taken” 

v. 24 – “to guard the way to the tree of life” 


Hosea 6:7 – “like Adam, they violated the covenant”

(Talk through this a bit; Israel’s narrative) 


Genesis 2; 3 and Isaiah 65:17-25. (Rev. 21) 

  • Genesis 1:1 cf. Isa. 65:17 
  • Serpent – Isa. 65:25 
  • Woman – Isa. 65:18, 23; Isa. 62:4-5 
  • Man – cf. Isa. 65:21-22; 55:13 (cf. Dan. 12:2; Isa. 26:19; Eph. 5:14)

Prep for next session:

We will talk through the picture of death and curses as magnified through the Law of Moses, specifically looking at texts such at Leviticus chapter 26 and Deuteronomy 28:25-19.

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A Contextual Study of the “Hope of Israel”/ Resurrection of the Dead (Pt. 2)

In our study this week we specifically looked at Genesis chapters 2-3. Specifically we examined Genesis 2:5 – 17, 25, and Genesis 3: 1 – 13. More specifically, we marked out points regarding the death of Adam. We took note that in order to understand the resurrection, we have to understand “the death”, and quoted Daniel Rogers, “If one doesn’t understand death, how can they truly understand and appreciate life in Christ?”. 

Pastor Mike Miano mentioned other important and correlating texts such as Hosea 6; Isaiah 59:2,10; Romans chapters 5-7; Ephesians. 2:1-2.

We concluded our study with discussion around key points such as;

  • “We are not talking about biological death here. Focusing on the wrong death here has caused a huge problem in Christianity”. – Richard S.
  • The death is “relationship severed” and the need for “restoration” – Edward H.
  • “Covenant death”. – Vicki C. 

“There is no other Eastern book in the world which we should have dreamed of understanding literally if it introduced speaking serpents and magic trees. Even the rabbis, stupidly literal as were their frequent methods, were perfectly aware that the story of the fall was a philosopheme- a vivid pictoral representation of the origin and growth of sin in the heart”- F.W. Farrar


Resources mentioned: 


  • Prep for next session 

Continued study and discussion on Genesis 2:16-17 and the rest of Genesis 2, as well as Genesis 3:14-24. 

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A Contextual Study on The “Hope of Israel/ Resurrection of the dead (Pt. 1)

3 Import blogs for your review, preparation, and continued study on this topic: 


Synonyms regarding the “hope of Israel” (not intended to be exhaustive): 

  • Hope of Israel; One Hope
  • Resurrection; Resurrection of the Dead 
  • Gospel, Mystery
  • Kingdom 
  • Salvation; Redemption 
  • Eternal Life 

Perhaps you know of others?


Review 

In our Pt. 1 – Introduction session we reviewed the message Pastor Miano gave at the ‘Rethinking The Resurrection Conference’, namely how we must ‘rethink’ by way of acknowledging and examining our presuppositions. As we do that, we can move from presuppositions to studied out truths, which will ultimately be our goal as we go through this study. A bit of discussion was had regarding the ‘individual reality’ within the Corporate Body View.  We talked about living lives that “embody resurrection”. Pastor Miano shared that CBV leads to IBV, however that is not to be confused with IBD (which is an entirely different teaching of the resurrection of the dead than the CBV). Specific applicational attention was given to particular texts such as Daniel 12:2-3; Zechariah 9:16-17; and 1 Corinthians 15:53-55. This and more was talked about in the Pt. 1. 

You can review that session on YouTube at the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwwwGN0lzMA&t=596s


Prep for next session 

On Tuesday, May 17th, we will gather online to talk through and study through “the death” revealed in Genesis chapters 2-3. Specifically we will examine 2:5 – 17, 25, and 3: 1 – 13. 


Mentioned teachers: 

  • Dr. Don K. Preston, Preterist Research Institute 
  • Dr. William Bell, All Things Fulfilled Ministries 
  • Ward Fenley, New Creation Ministries International 

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A Contextual Study of the Resurrection (The Hope of Israel) – Online!

Recently (March 2022) I spoke at the Rethinking The Resurrection Conference hosted by Holston PBU Church in Rogersville, Tennessee. Starting Tuesday, May 10th (7:30pm est) I will begin hosting an online Bible study further reviewing the handout and lecture I gave at that conference regarding the resurrection of the dead as the hope of Israel, the mystery, that which was made known known and brought upon by Jesus Christ’s work from the cross to His coming. 


You can listen to my presentation and the presentation of others at there following link, https://powerofpreterism.wordpress.com/2022/04/02/2022-rethinking-the-resurrection-conference/


Handout & outline for our study: 

Physical resurrections in Scripture: 

(1 Kings 17:17-24) 

(2 Kings 4:18-37)

(Luke 7:11-17), (Luke 8:49-56), (John 11:1-44)
(Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-49; John 20:1-21:25)

(Matt. 27:50-54) 

(Acts 9:36-42)

(Acts 20:7-12)

A Mystery 

cf. Mark 4:11; 

Romans 11:25; Romans 16:25; 

1 Cor. 2:7; 1 Cor. 15:51; 

Eph. 1:9; Eph. 3:3, 4, 9; Eph. 5:32;  

Colossians 1:26 -27;  Colossians 4:3 (cf. Acts 28:20);

Revelation 10:7 

Resurrection texts (a running list): 

Genesis 2:17 

Genesis 3:6 – 12, 17-19 

Dueteronomy 28:15-19

Job 14:10-11, 14; 19:26 

Psalm 16:10; 17:15 ; 49:15 

Hosea 6:1-2, 6-7

Hosea 13:14 

Isaiah 25:7-8 

Isaiah 26:17-19 

Ezekiel 37:1-14, 19-23

Daniel 12: 1-3, 10 

Matthew 22:30 

Mark 9:42-48 

John 3:14-21 

John 5:24 – 29 

John 6:38 – 40, 44-45 

John 11:23-25 

Acts 24:14-15 

Acts 26:6 – 8, 22-23 

Rom. 6:4 -11 

Romans 7:5-6, 18-24

Romans 8:18-23

Romans 9:3 – 5, 22-24 

Romans 15:8-9 

1 Corinthians 15:1-58

2 Corinthians 3-5  

Ephesians 1:20-23 

Ephesians 2:4 – 7, 11 – 22 

Philippians 3:18-21

Colossians 1:18

1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

2 Timothy 1:8-10, 10-13; 2:16 – 19; 4:7-8

Hebrews 11:39-40 

1 Peter 1:3, 6 – 12, 21-23 

1 John 3:2 

Revelation 14:3 (cf. Hebrews 9:8) 

Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15
 

“Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life,

 but others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Those who have insight will shine brightly 

like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead many to righteousness, l

ike the stars forever and ever (Daniel 12:2-3)”.

“And the Lord God will save them in that day as the flock of His people; for they are as the stones of a crown, 

sparkling in His land. For what comeliness and beauty will be theirs! Grain will make the young men flourish, 

and new wine the virgins (Zechariah 9:16-17)”.

“But when this perishable will have put on the the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality,

 then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? 

O death, where is your sting”.

Join us this Tuesday, May 10th, for our online study. You can join through Zoom, by call in from your phone, or simply watch the the MGW Apologetics Facebook page. The studies will be uploaded to Michael Miano’s YouTube page. 

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Speaking The Truth In Love (Book Review)

How To Be An Assertive Christian 

“Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the head, that is, Christ”.
– Ephesians 4:15 

The above text, and the concept of “speaking the truth in love”, is an oft-mentioned sentiment within Christian circles. However, the book I recently read helps take us past the sentimental and encourages sincere application. The book, Speaking The Truth In Love, written by Ruth N. Koch & Kenneth C. Haugk, introduces the idea of assertiveness as the means why which we truly implement “speaking the truth in love”, and this runs against the common tide of aggressiveness, passiveness, and passive-aggressiveness.  The starting idea is that, “Assertiveness grows out of your maturity and your ability to know and respect yourself…” 

The goal of our “moving on to maturity” (cf. Hebrews 6:1) should be the development of an “integrated personality”, wherein we can see the development and flow of consistency and authenticity. The books says, “As you cooperate with God, you experience and live out the wholeness God wants in your life”.  I usually refer to this as “possessing and increasing” (see, 2 Peter 1:3-8). 

AN ASSERTIVE LIFESTYLE 

“An assertive lifestyle includes (1) thinking that focuses on the truth, (2) identifies and challenges irrational beliefs, (3) and celebrates what has done in one’s life”. 

“An assertive lifestyle includes the merger of your faith life, thinking patterns, and behaviour choices”. 

I found it important to take note that “Feelings arise from thoughts”. Therefore, a major aspect of “speaking the truth in love”, in living assertive, is that you have to control your thoughts!  The book goes on to explain, “When you refuse to concentrate exclusively on your anxiety and fears and instead look for the truth, you can celebrate what God has done and continues to do in your life”. Just say no stinking thinking! 

BEING ASSERTIVE

“Because assertiveness requires you to give up controlling behaviours that may have provided a sense of safety and security, assertive communication invites you to risk as you relate”. 

Moving away from the aggressiveness, passiveness, and passive-aggressiveness that pervades our society and personal communications takes conscious effort and risk. Changing one’s mindset and doing things different (i.e., “paradigm shifts”) is work, however fulfilling work at that. “…as you learn to be more consistently assertive in situations where you have behaved aggressively or passively in the past, you will begin to see yourself as a competent, confident person. And it doesn’t take long for the enhanced confidence and increased self-esteem to show on the outside”. After all, 1 Timothy 4:7 does mention, “train yourselves for Godliness”. 

“Jesus was the model of assertive behaviour because He focused clearly on His purpose and every action served that purpose”. Contrary to popular opinions, Jesus wasn’t a passive person. He acted the appropriately, according to the circumstances, aggressive at times, passive many times, but assertive all the time. It was noted that the word “speaking” in Ephesians 4:15 could be translated as “truthing, in order words, we are to truth the truth in love. The authors say, “You are to behave in such a manner that Jesus, the Truth, is evident in all that you do”. 

THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD 

Considering circumstances wherein aggression or passivity are needed is of utmost importance. Due to proof-texting, many times who think of Jesus Christ as aggressive or passive, rather than considering the “whole counsel of God” (cf. Acts 20:27) wherein we see the need, the assertion, for both traits.  

“Some get preoccupied with certain Biblical truths while excluding other important passages…Christians must learn to scan the whole counsel of God and keep looking at the larger picture of God’s revealed will for their lives”. 

“As you scan the whole counsel of God, you come to appreciate the complexity of the Christian life, and you can learn to recognize the oversimplified vision that fails to do justice to the richly interwoven, beautiful, balanced life, God wants you to live”. 

CRITICISM & COMPLIMENTS 

Assertive Christians, Christians who have considered the “whole counsel of God” will offer and receive criticism and compliments that edify the Body of Christ. Complimenting and encouraging one another can not be over-expressed. It was Mark Twain who wrote, “I can live on one sincere compliment for several weeks”. 

In receiving criticism, we take note that “No one improves without criticism, and well-meant criticism is an attempt to help another raise his or her level of performance”. Having an attitude of encouragement with our criticism and rebukes, we note, “…assertive Christians also respect the person who is being admonished, they won’t try to force agreement or manipulate behaviour change. They accept their own limitations and know that others are ultimately responsible for their own choices and behaviours”. 

Proverbs 12:15 tells us, “The way of fools seems right to them,  but the wise listen to advice.” 

ASSERTIVENESS & ANGER 

Lastly, I imagine I am not alone in that many times when we think of aggression and passivity, we think of the moments we (or others) get angry. Controlling one’s anger is mentioned all throughout the Bible. I love the phrase “Hot metal can be molded”. That’t not to say, assume, or assert that it is easy. It simply isn’t. However, “You can express angry feelings constructively by responding assertively to the situations and the people who are the focus of your anger”. And this seems to be a beneficial way of receiving people’s anger –  “Allowing others to express their anger to you, about you or about others, shows true servanthood”. 

LIVING OUT ASSERTIVENESS – PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT! 

Of course desire to grow in this area in my estimation takes prayer and the work of the Spirit. May God usher each of us toward growth. May we find times and opportunities to walk worthy of our calling and election. As the book notes, “Researchers who study adult learning patterns report that active practice is the single most important factor in making lasting behaviour changes”. 

Review written by Michael Miano 

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#TestimonyTuesday: Mentors, the Message, & MLK Jr.

As many of you know, I met Shane Claiborne just the other night (you might say he is an “idol” of mine, or better said a highly regarded teacher in my life – as I say, “He made Christianity real for me”). We gathered at the Riverside Church in Manhattan to hear the speech, “Beyond Vietnam”, that was delivered 55 years to the date at that location, by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A panel spoke after about ways nationalism, militarism, and racism have continued to lead to war. 

You can review that session at the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T85unbv-E3o

Also, yesterday, April 4th, marked the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Surely a review of his prophetic wisdom and words is timely. One exhortative point Dr. King made regarding the problem of war, specifically war in Vietnam, “… a far deeper malady within the American spirit, and if we ignore this sobering reality…and if we ignore this sobering reality, we will find ourselves organizing “clergy and laymen concerned” committees for the next generation….We will be marching for these and a dozen other names and attending rallies without end, unless there is a significant and profound change in American life and policy.” 

Unfortunately, war is the way of the world, and the constant developing of committees and rallies to try and bring peace and solutions has been “without end”. 

Last night, a few teachers, including Dr. Bernice King, Shane Claiborne, and Dr. Cornel West, gathered for a ‘part one’ session to talk through some problems and solutions. You can review that at the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a0tJsazvLI

Personally I have continued to think through some recent messages being preached by Preterist teachers and preachers. Last Sunday, 3/27, Glenn Hill preached about God’s provide solution, “…a kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17). Jonathan Buttry, minister of Holston PBU Church, preached this past Sunday, 4/3, on “Embodying Resurrection”, which compliments then sermon I preached this past Sunday at The Blue Point Bible Church regarding our necessity of “Conspiring Together” for the glory of God (based on an applicational understanding of what we read in 1st Thessalonians chapters 4-5). 

As we ponder and enact those messages, Dr. King’s words should challenge and motivate us as well.  

“And we must rejoice as well, for surely this is the first time in our nation’s history that a significant number of its religious leaders have chosen to move beyond the prophesying of smooth patriotism to the high grounds of a firm dissent based upon the mandates of conscience and the reading of history.” 

“I could not be silent in the face of such cruel manipulation of the poor” 

“For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.”

“Now, it should be incandescently clear that no one who has any concern for the integrity and life of America today can ignore the present war. If America’s soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read: Vietnam. It can never be saved so long as it destroys the deepest hopes of men the world over.” 

“We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation and for those it calls “enemy,” for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers.”

“…and we again fell victim to the deadly Western arrogance that has poisoned the international atmosphere for so long.” 

“Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence, when it helps us to see the enemy’s point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view we may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our own condition, and if we are mature, we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition.” 

“These are the times for real choices and not false ones. We are at the moment when our lives must be placed on the line if our nation is to survive its own folly. Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest.”

“It is a sad fact that because of comfort, complacency, a morbid fear of communism, and our proneness to adjust to injustice, the Western nations that initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world have now become the arch anti-revolutionaries”. 

“A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”

Just those quotes alone could and should stir us to “Conspire – plot goodness” as Shane Claiborne would mark it out. As he said before, “If you have the gift of frustration and a deep sense that the world is a mess, thank God for that; not everyone has that gift of vision. It also means you have a responsibility to lead us in new ways”. 

I am so grateful this #TestimonyTuesday for the mentors that have encouraged me in the message – a message of righteousness, peace, and joy! 

  • Michael Miano 

P.S. – Some have asked me why Shane Claiborne was so influential to me. The simplest response is that he helped me to truly see “The Irresistible Revolution” of what God was doing in me, through me, and around me. If your interested, you can read this blog I wrote in 2009 regarding Shane’s insights and influence at the following link, https://newsfromthetribe.blogspot.com/2009/10/re-defining-church-me-and-shane.html?fbclid=IwAR013W3nqol495Ok52eGI3zkRokaW1oeLEGo2GGVwBAjSotnRVbcTEZleaY

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2010 Covenant Creation Conference

Previous written review/outline of the 2010 CC Conference, http://beyondcreationscience.com/index.php?pr=PE_Covenant_Creation_Conference_2010

Click here to find the downloadable mp3 and pdf files – https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1sCB0s5NKKrJZQKn3bMmU51T5yZ8QNgoQ?usp=sharing

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GSBC – Community Matters 

As many of you know, I have continued to labor in our community and across Suffolk County to highlight the beauty of restoration in the lives of those who struggle with mental health issues and/or drug abuse. Our local church, The Blue Point Bible Church (www.bluepointbiblechurch.org) hosts Heroin Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, as well as has a variety of self-help and outreaches, including but not limited to The XD Movement and Immersed Discipleship. 

There was a renewed focus and dedication last night, 3/8/22, as the Great South Bay Coalition hosted a ‘community mapping’ and meet and greet at the Bayport – Blue Point Library. The Great South Bay Coalition was established in 2014 with the mission of promoting mental and physical health initiatives in an effort to reduce youth substance use.  In 2018, with the help of our partners at Youth Enrichment Services, SAMHSA awarded our coalition with the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant that will provide funding for events in the Bayport-Blue Point and Sayville communities over the next five years. Find them on Facebook at the following link, https://www.facebook.com/greatsouthbaycoalition

A good size group of concerned community members, social workers, educators, politicians and civic and faith leaders, gathered to empower, promote, and improve the many efforts currently happening in a variety of sectors. We talked through areas of concern in the community (see mapping link below), continued anti-drug initiatives, and the importance of mental health. 

Community Mapping – https://padlet.com/bvouris/zbl1patcgp2slknl?fbclid=IwAR27V9rigZDbLENpD_NbflKoe2BTISaRqg5fxiigPeNfcbSJAgWPkc1V3b0

Also, below you will find two upcoming events that local families might find of benefit. 

Lastly, please consider stopping by the Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center (Montauk Hwy., Blue Point) from 12pm – 2pm this Sunday, March 13th for GSBC’s Family Friendly Alcohol Free Zone and family portraits! 

P.S. – You mind find it interesting and of value to review the article I wrote following the 2016 GSBC “Meet and Greet”, https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/gsbc-solution-oriented-community-engagement/

Sincerely,
Michael Miano, pastor
The Blue Point Bible Church

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APEST – “Better Together” 

Recently, I had the privilege of being part of a conversation regarding the fivefold structure explained in Ephesians 4:11-16 which we often refer to as APEST and how the different callings benefit each other. Here are my notes. 

A few definitions: 

Apostle – pioneer, missionary-minded, idea-makers, coordinators 

Prophet – ‘eyes and ears of the church’; covenant-thinkers 

Evangelist – storytellers 

Shepherd – caregiver 

Teacher – those who bring strength and stability through knowledge; ‘create a wise culture’ 

  • Prophets should find Apostles to walk with
    – Apostles give application & strategy to prophetic notions
    – Apostles help ground prophetic ministry
  • Apostles benefit greatly from Shepherds
    – Submit to the Shepherd; trust necessary
    – They know the right thing to do; “just do it”
  • Teachers bless Apostles abundantly
    – put systems in place
    – challenge the ideas of the Apostle
  • Pastors and Evangelists must work together
    – both are necessary to create a fabric of consistency

We are encouraged to use APEST in evangelism, “giving people language for the way they see the world”. 

In a dominant Shepherd environment, Apostles and Prophets are often perceived as trouble-makers. Be mindful of this. 

2022 – The year of cohorts! 

For more information visit, https://5qcentral.com/

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Just Some Notes on Preterism & Genesis Creation

As we have begun talking through Preterist & Genesis Creation on the Preterist Power Hour (Live – Mon. – Fri., 11am et.), I have been edified and encouraged by the clarity of thought and overwhelming amount of teachings and resources that can be found from the “Covenant Creation view” (from others as well as myself). We have been talking with the co-authors of Beyond Creation Science (www.beyondcreationscience.com) and I’d like to share some of my notes from those conversations. 

The follow two blogs will provide links and resources from those conversations: 

W/ Jeff Vaughnhttps://powerofpreterism.wordpress.com/2022/02/11/preterist-genesis-creation/

W/ Tim Martinhttps://powerofpreterism.wordpress.com/2022/02/17/tim-teach-us-preterism-genesis-creation/

Talking with Jeff, I love how he highlighted that he has “… never been partial to partial anything”. So he explained how he realized the “this all works together” when looking at how the Bible uses details such as the Noah flood, the curse in Genesis and death, and creation language (looking at Genesis 7 – Genesis 3 – Genesis 1 as “covenant”). Jeff also detailed the servant/slave/sons theme found in the narrative of Adam/Christ and the goal of the restoration of the creation. 

Tim highlighted that Genesis 1 is a description of covenant history. Or as I quoted him, “Genesis is a prophetic prologue to  covenant history”. Tim brought us through the 7 days of creation, to which many asked for a chart. In doing some research I did happen to find this resource from Luther G. Williams (see attached). 


I loved that Tim explained the history of the “Covenant Creation view” and how he spent time trying to prove something other than covenant happening in Genesis, however the other views simply do not work (at least for those who demand clarity and consistency). As Tim spent time detailing a host of points found throughout the Scriptures, he would ask, “Does that make sense?” We must ask ourselves that. Also in our study we must dicern, how do the writers of the NT use the language of Genesis creation?” 

Tim also mentioned the book, “The Lost World of Genesis One”, which I had written a review on a few years ago. Read that review at the following link, https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/the-creation-question-that-needs-to-be-answered-review-of-john-waltons-book-the-lost-world-of-genesis-one/

Lastly, I appreciate the proofs and aspects of further study that were provided by discussion with these ‘giants’ in this study. 

Two witnesses to CC

1.) Biblical terminology rightly understood (“Preterist”) 

2.) ANE scholarship & literature review 

Tim mentioned we must understand the “Symbol package” found in Genesis 1. 

Examples; 

  • Genesis 2:1 – “hosts” 
  • Heaven, Earth, Sea cf. Matt. 13; Rev. 21
  • Gen. 2:2; “evening and morning” – none! Allusion to ‘the mystery’, prophetic, hope of Israel – cf. Heb. 4; John 5:1-17 (v. 17) 
  • Colossians is the Apostle Paul’s “creation text”. 

We have and will continue to lean in on the following topics and see how they offer clarity and consistency regarding Preterism and the Genesis Creation: 

  • Gen. 1 – Days of Creation 
  • Gen. 2 – “Adam”; “In Adam”; Adam, Eve, Church? 
  • Gen. 2 – “Image of God”  
  • Gen. 3 – “Death”; “Curse:” 
  • Gen. 7 – “flood”; Adam & Noah connection  
  • What about biological death? 
  • Gen. 1:1 – “heaven” or “heavens” (cf. Gen. 2:1; Duet. 4:26)

Since it’s #ThrowbackThursday, I also want to encourage you to go back and listen to the very first time that there was a public presentation done regarding “Covenant Creation” and “Beyond Creation Science” in 2006, presented by Tim Martin (you can find it at the following link, http://beyondcreationscience.com/index.php?pr=Related_AR2

I hope my notes might bless and edify some and I seek to continue to do my best in seeking, searching, studying, and proving the detailing of Scripture and thus the things of God. 

  • Michael Miano 

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