#BeingCHRISTIAN Exams (Parts I & II)

Constantly & Consistently

Even as I wake up this morning and take a look at social media I am noticing the demand for a more “consistent Christianity” will always be at the heart of the masses. We just closed a sermon series called #BeingCHRISTIAN at The Blue Point Bible Church a couple of weeks ago, however the examination and effort to constantly reform ourselves to be more consistent Christians is an on-going, dare I say eternal reality.

Prayerfully, you found time to listen to some of the podcasts of that series (www.buzzsprout.com/11630), maybe read through some of the blogs regarding “Consistency Principles (www.mianogonewild.wordpress.com), and/or reviewed our last exam which will be posted below as well.

This exam has been formed and detailed in the following manner:

Each of our members & attendees at The Blue Point Bible Church were asked to provide characteristics and Bible verses that mark out characteristics of what it means to to be a Christian. Each week in the sermon portion of our Worship Service, as well as through his personal blog, Pastor Miano marked out “Consistency Principles” that summed up the characteristics provided by each person. This “exam” will highlight the Consistency Principles as a resource for you to examine yourself – constantly and consistently.

PART I

We are called to be disciples & make disciples of Jesus Christ .

How can you begin to intentionally and actively reach others with the Gospel in your life?

We must grow in the knowledge of His Word (2 Timothy 2:15), – “together” cf. Ephesians chapter 4.
Are you actively growing in the grace and knowledge of God? What opportunities can you get involved with to do so? What community do you need to begin gathering with?

Going to Church” (cf. Hebrews 10:24).
Do you take advantage of “Going to Church”. When are you going to start?

Wisdom (cf. James 1:5)
Are you become wise through the knowledge of God? Are you asking for it? Are you exercising wisdom in your life?

Faith (cf. Hebrews 11:6; 1 Timothy 1:5).
Do you live with faith rather than leaning upon your own understanding? In what situations might you be able to express more faith in God’s work rather than your abilities or understanding of the situation?

Faithfulness
Where is God looking for more faithfulness on your part? Are you persevering in the faith in all regards?

Freedom (cf. John chapter 8; Galatians 5:1).
“God is most glorified when you are most satisfied in Him”.
Are you finding that freedom and satisfaction in Christ? If not, what is keeping you back?

Diligence & Discernment

Are you studying and rightly interpreting God’s Word in accordance with 2 Timothy 2:15 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17? What study habits can you work on or studies can you attend? Are you exercising discernment not to lean upon your own misunderstandings or the “doctrines of men”? Are you aware of God’s will for humanity, the world, and the future? Are you living in line with it?

Righteous Living (see, Ephesians 4:20-5:2; 5:3-20).

In what areas is God renewing your mind and your life? What characteristics of the “old self” to do see all too often and need to “lay aside”? How are you doing in areas such as speaking truth to others (remembering as Christians we are members of one another)? Do you let go of anger and forbid opportunity for it to fester? Do you work hard to benefit others?

Wholesome Communication

When you communicate with others are they edified? How can you grow in this regard? Are you kind in speech or prone to interrupt? Are you encouraging or seemingly lacking faith? Are you a blessing to speak to? How can you become more wholesome in your communication in an effort to “seek peace and pursue it”?

Spiritual Promptings (cf.1 Thessalonians 5:16-24;1 Chronicles 12:32)

It’s only when we are listening to the “promptings of the Spirit”, in the season that we are in, that we will be confident in what God is going in and through us.

We need to be a people marked by alertness, readiness, and prepared for a “move, or the “work” of God
Are you alert, ready, and prepared to be used by God for the benefit of others? What can or should you be doing to grow in this regard?

Children of the Light” – know the times, know what Jesus Christ has done, & know what God wants us to do in the current moment.
Do you have a correct knowledge of the times? Do you know what God wants His people to be doing?

Knowledge of Contextual Types and Antitypes (cf. Colossians 2:16-17, 1 Corinthians chapter 10, Hebrews chapters 8-10)

Are you “studying to show yourself approved, rightly dividing (interpreting) the word of truth”

The Naked and Unashamed reality of being in God’s presence.( cf. Genesis 2:25 ; Luke 17:21; Romans 8:1)

Do you know and understand the presence of God in your life and demonstrate that in a “naked and unashamed” fashion? Take a moment to pray to God and thank Him for this glorious reality consummated through Jesus Christ. Allow God’s “good” to be your “good”.

PART II

  • Define each of these characteristics & then prayerfully ask yourself how you can be more consistent in living each one of them out. Maybe, God is challenging you to take a couple and work on becoming more consistent in those regards?

Always Rejoicing –

Prayerful –

Thankful –

Patient –

Faithful –

Kind –

Loving –

Looking for good in others-

Abstain from Evil –

Obedience –

Convicted of and by sin –

Seeking the lost with the Gospel –

Giving God the glory –

Read the Bible/ Seek God’s Word –

Studying to show oneself approved (studious) –

Attending Fellowship & Worship Service with the Church –

Committed –

Discipline/ Self-Control –

Forgiving –

Serving others –

Walking worthy of your calling –

Trusting in Christ –

Joyful –

Honesty with Compassion –

Care for the widow and the orphan –

Die Daily –

Love the Brotherhood of faith –

Giving/ Sharing –

Welcoming and seeking to be welcomed –

Prayer –

Wisdom –

Peaceful –

Gentleness –

Unifying –

*Here is a list of Bible verses put together by our BPBC community that mark out Christian Living. Maybe pick one or two and focus on that as far as finding consistency in your #BeingCHRISTIAN.

2 Peter 3:18 1 Thessalonians 3:8

1 Thessalonians 5:12-23 Psalm 91

Ephesians 5:1 Ephesians 2:8-10

Romans 12:2 Ephesians 4:23

James 4:7 Colossians 3:5-8

Philippians 4:4 2 Peter 1:5-8

1 John 4:7 Proverbs 3:5-6

Hebrews 13:5 Matthew 6:33

Ephesians 4:1-3 2 Corinthians 9:15

Romans 8:28 Romans 10:9

John 13:34 2 Timothy 2:15

Luke 17:4 Proverbs 14:6

Revelation 21:3 Matthew 22:36-40

James 2:17 Galatians 5:22-23

John 1:12 Romans 15:7

2 Corinthians 6:17 Matthew 22:32

Mark 4:34 1 Corinthians 14:33

John 21:22 Ephesians 5:15-16

Ephesians 6:13-18 1 Corinthians 14:1

1 Peter 1:5-6 1 Peter 3:10-11

Isaiah 43:1 1 Peter 5:6-7

James 5:10 James 1:19-20

Deuteronomy 12:12-14 Colossians 4:6

Psalm 119:7-8 John 3:16-17

2 Corinthians 5:17 Matthew 6:24

Romans 12:10 John 15:12-15

Wow, that is 52 passages for you to be continually edified and to take a closer look at your living out our faith!

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Michael Miano

Blue Point Bible Church

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#BeingCHRISTIAN “Consistency Principles” (Part 5)

It has truly been a season of “harvest” as we have gone through “Consistency Principles” at The Blue Point Bible Church in line with our sermon series, #BeingCHRISTIAN. I know that I have been edified and challenged, I am glad to have received testimony from some, even some being baptized through this season of examination and the goal of us being more “consistent” in our Christian walk. Surely, we have exercised diligence in regards to 2 Corinthians 3:15, “Examine yourselves to see whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves”.

Prayerfully, you have found time to go through Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4.

For the past 2 weeks we have been focusing on the “types” to which Christ is the “Antitype”, specifically the Jewish Feasts. October 2016 is littered with Jewish Feasts which point to all that Christ and His work fulfilled. You can listen to our past 2 sermons (one from me preaching on Rosh Hoshana, and another by a sister named Susan Mendelson from the Jews for Jesus preaching on the details of how Jesus fulfilled Jewish feasts at the following links:

http://www.buzzsprout.com/11630/427654-beingchristian-contextual-clues-through-rosh-hoshana

http://www.buzzsprout.com/11630/430279-guest-speaker-susan-mendelson-jews-4-jesus

Also, I have been doing a short video series through some of the Jewish Feasts on YouTube called “From Fasting to Feasting”. Here are the 2 parts that have been made recently:

Rosh Hoshana/ 10 Days of Awe – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AyHrlFNUjw&t=34s

Fast of Gedaliah/ Yom Kippur – https://youtu.be/JpTnUaq6TD0

All of that noted, the “Consistency Principles” which I have outlined for us, regarding these past 2 weeks, are as followed:

  • We need to be a people marked by alertness, readiness, and prepared for a “move, or the “work” of God. Using the details of Rosh Hoshana, and the wisdom of 1 Peter 5:8, I exhorted us in these regards. Sister Susan Mendelson mentioned how we should make it our daily prayer to say, “Use me today Lord”.
    – Are you alert, ready, and prepared to be used by God for the benefit of others? What can or should you be doing to grow in this regard?
  • Using 1 Thessalonians 5, as well as 1 Chronicles 12:32 I exhorted us to be “Children of the Light” – which means to know the times, know what Jesus Christ has consummated for us, and what God wants us to do in the current moment.
    – Do you have a correct knowledge of the times? Do you know what God wants His people to be doing?
  • Ultimately, this requires Knowledge of Contextual Types and Antitypes – as expressed in Colossians 2:16-17, 1 Corinthians chapter 10, Hebrews chapters 8-10 and more. Are you “studying to show yourself approved, rightly dividing (interpreting) the word of truth”? Sister Susan Mendelson used 3 R’s – Remember, Repent, & Rejoice to highlight the significance of the Jewish feasts as “types” and what they signify for us in our spiritual walk.
    – Do you know how Christ fulfills the “types” in Scripture? Maybe, this is a good time to begin finding a study in that regard? Email me @ ChristianityGoneWild@Yahoo.com for help in this area.
  • And finally, thee goal of us coming to understand these details, is to have for ourselves the Naked and Unashamed reality of being in God’s presence. The “fall feasts” of Judaism when properly understood through the lens of Christ bring us to this reality. Christ’s tabernacle amongst us is a direct return to Genesis 2:25 as demonstrated through Luke 17:21 and Romans 8:1.
    – Do you know and understand the presence of God in your life and demonstrate that in a “naked and unashamed” fashion? Take a moment to pray to God and thank Him for this glorious reality consummated through Jesus Christ. Allow God’s “good” to be your “good”.

Blessings in Christ Jesus,
Pastor Michael Miano
Blue Point Bible Church

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Notebook Review & Resources (4/2016 – 9/2016)

If you know me, you know that I am adamant about the Spiritual and mental health that is provided through notekeeping and journaling.
As I have grown through the years, I have “catalogued” everything. I have also grown accustomed to writing a review every time I finish a notebook – for my own benefit, however many have said they found the details to be edifying. Namely, for my benefit because if you ever read my notes you know full well that they need to be decoded to make any sense, many times, even to me.

 

This most recent notebook was rather small. It looked important though.🙂 And these last couple months have had some growth spurts, so I am excited to share and review myself. As I have said to some, this has been a harvesting season in my life and ministry. Glory to God!
On April 11th, I wrote in my notes that I woke up thinking about the power of the local church. I wrote, “The local church provides the “knowledge of God” to enable us to live like, worship like, and ultimately love Jesus Christ”. This is a timely encouragement and very important, as I just woke up this morning to reading through my various social networks how so many have come to reject the power of gathering with a local congregation. They spout all sorts of nonsense from “mad-made institution” to “legalism”. In this regard, I had the privilege of being the guest speaker for the April “Monthly Preterist Conference Call” and the topic I had spoken upon was “The Efficacy of the Local Church”. You can listen to that and read more, and the following link, https://preteristconferencecalls.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/01-michael-miano-the-efficacy-of-the-local-church/

 

Early on in the year, as a sort of “divine unction” I began to get very involved in local networking, social meetings, and outreach. This afforded us at Blue Point Bible Church quite a few opportunities to serve the larger community with Brentwood “Hope Day”, hosting a Blood Drive, and being involved in local civic and chamber of commerce gatherings, as well as helping and being involved with other local nonprofits. I also learned a lot, found some inspirations and burdens, and made some friends along the way. #ThePastorLife
As I mine through my notes, I have decided I simply want to share some details and resources that edified me during what seems to be the “season” I was in for while.
Kurt Willems, an Anabaptist writer and pastor, put together an excellent examination of the difference perspectives of Pauline literature (the writings of the Apostle Paul). A great point he made in the midst of that series, which I have mentioned many times before in blogs and even sermons, was “If we don’t know the history, just the theology, we come up with all sorts of answers”. Even if I may not agree with all of his conclusions, I must say Pastor Willems did a great job on this podcast, which you can access at the following link, http://paulcast.org/
It was either earlier April or even late March that I began communications with a Bible teacher named Lloyd Dale. He had emailed me and began discussion regarding some points of theology we agree and disagree on. I was blessed to read through and listen to some of his presentations , and look forward to further communication with him. One point he made in a lecture, which is timely as we currently go through a month of Jewish Feasts, is “If you do not understand what “The Promised Land” was a “type” of, then you do not know what you need to know”.
For the past 2 Sundays at The Blue Point Bible Church (www.bluepointbiblechurch.com), we have been highlighting how important Understanding Contextual Details in Scripture truly is in regards to “Being Christian”, and brother Llloyd Dale highlights that. You can read and listen to his messages at the following link, http://lloyddale.com/ I personally recommend his teaching on “The Kingdom”.
In the midst of this season, I was challenged by a local pastor regarding my understanding of 2 Corinthians chapter 5:6, the infamous “absent from the body, present with the Lord” verse. I was told my understanding of this text, as referring to the “Corporate Body” of Old Covenant saints made me a “heretic” and not “Christian” (even to the extend of trying to have me removed from local pastor meetings). Anyway, this highlights an ongoing discussion and debate within the “preterist movement” regarding the Corporate Body View (CBV) held by Dr. Don K. Preston, William Bell, Larry Siegle, and many others (ie. Covenant Eschatology), and the Individual Body at Death (IBD) perspective, held to by Mr.Ed Stevens, and is more intimately connected to the common “futurist understanding” of the “glorified body”.

I love the work of all of these men, even in disagreement, and look forward to playing my part in helping bring forth clarity on this “resurrection” issue, all the while being humble and kind to one another. I know of about 3 different works currently happening to foster a better understanding of these details.

I had talked a bit about these disagreements and details as found all throughout “Church History” on MGW Online Radio a while back. You can still go back and listen to the podcasts. However, in the midst of the series I had been doing, I took a brief hiatus, and am looking to re-launch the show on October 24th with a series that will bring forth a host of clarity and healing in regards to Full Preterism. I will be bringing guests on the show (even some of the people mentioned in this blog) to discuss pertinent issues, and challenging the various “flavors of Preterism”. Look forward to that coming soon. Visit www.MianoGoneWild.com

As I come to a close with this review, I have to mention a couple last things. I have been blessed to have a co-laborer with perseverance and vision right here on Long Island. Johnny Silonski (Ova) has been a blessing and as I review my notes, I see he put forth some resources that I was blessed by. One comment he made that really stirred me, and has much to do not only with my testimony, but also with all that I labor to do is “My heart cannot rejoice in what my mind rejects”. Amen! Listen to Johnny detail that and more on the Omega Man podcast as well as his thoughts on “The Nature of the Kingdom”, at the following links:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/omegamanradio/2010/08/13/episode-29–johnny-ova-jeff-and-mike-beavers

https://preteristconferencecalls.wordpress.com/2016/09/17/04-johnny-ova-the-nature-of-the-kingdom/

Ironically, on August 31, 2016 I was questioning the seeming “new season” it seemed God was bringing my into. I write this now 2 months later, and through all of these resources, the blessing of an amazing congregation as BPBC, the love and concern of my fiancee, and the Spirit of God, I can testify that God surely brought me into a new season. Confirmation came through the recent book, Chase the Lion written by Pastor Mark Batterson. The book challenges you through various stories of inspiration, as well as Scriptural examples of the need for us to go after dreams and goals that are God-inspired. In his usual fashion, Pastor Batterson convicts the reader to truly examine what God wants them to do for His glory. A book that truly speaks to our time and need, if not, then for a soon coming season.
Two quotes that I was inspired by, which are pretty much carrying me into my next season, and I pray they will challenge you as well are:

“The Christian is called upon not to be like a thermometer conforming to the temperature of his society but he must be like a thermostat serving to transform the temperature of his society”.
– MLK Jr. (Transformed Nonconformist)

“We have learned: One may do much or one may do little, it is all one, provided he/ she directs his/her heart to heaven”. – Rabbi’s of Jabneh

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#BeingCHRISTIAN “Consistency Principles” (Part 4)

On Sunday, September 25th, 2015, I continued preaching through our sermon series “#BeingCHRISTIAN” and outlining “Consistency Principles”. Prayerfully, you have found time to review the other 3 outlines also found on this blog-site. You can listen to this sermon, among others, at the following link, http://www.buzzsprout.com/11630/425563-beingchristian-discipline-seasons-promptings-in-house-discipleship-part-4

I had begun the sermon challenging our congregation with Psalm chapter 5:3, “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my request before you”. I surveyed the room admonishing us to know the season we are in – what is God prompting you to grow in, chase, to be more consistent in, or to stop? With that in mind I began to highlight 2 ways I have come to see in my life as effective in helping me see God at work in my life:

1.) SPIRITUAL PROMPTINGS which I highlighted from 1 Thessalonains 5:16-24, most notably, “Despise not prophetic utterances. Do not quench the Spirit.” I challenged us to know what the Spirit is speaking within us, the best way to be in His Word (as Mark Batterson says, “The best way to hear the voice of God is through the Word of God” and to know the times. I utilized 1 Chronicles 12:32, wherein the tribe of Issachar knew the times and knew what Israel should do, and explained that the corporate Church benefits from individual Believers listening to the “promptings of the Spirit”. I also highlighted how the Apostle Paul’s wisdom the the Thessalonicians (1 Thessalonians 5:1-24) explained how Christians are called to be children of light/ clarity and to walk in clarity regarding what God has done and is doing.

Listening to the “promptings of the Spirit” will open the door for us to better understand and navigate “LIFE SEASONS” that will come out way. I brought forth 3 common frustrations in Believer’s lives:

  1. A lack of confidence regarding what God is doing in their life
  2. A weariness in doing good because is seems for naught.
  3. Failure to live in line with what God is doing.

Three verses I provided to immediately rebuke those frustrations, and to encourage us to better navigate the seasons are Philippians 1:6; Galatians 6:9; Ephesians 5:15-17.

Finally, I ended my sermon with the following admonition:

It’s only when we are listening to the “promptings of the Spirit”, in the season that we are in, that we will be confident in what God is going in and through us.

It’s only when we are listening to the “promptings of the Spirit”, in the season that we are in, that we will not become weary in doing good and reap a harvest.

It’s only when we are listening to the “promptings of the Spirit”, in the season that we are in, that we are able to exercise Biblical caution, living with wisdom, making the most of every opportunity, and ultimately understand the Lord’s will.

In Service to Him,

Pastor Michael Miano

Blue Point Bible Church

 

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#BeingCHRISTIAN “Consistency Principles” (Part 3)

On Sunday, September 18th, 2016, I preached a rather evangelistic message to highlight “Back to Church Sunday” at The Blue Point Bible Church. Much of my sermon was given to the goal of highlighting the importance of assembling with a local church. You can listen to that sermon at the following link, http://www.buzzsprout.com/11630/422662-beingchristian-national-back-to-church-sunday-in-house-discipleship-part-3
Continuing with our “In-House Discipleship”, I highlighted the following “consistency principles” in regards to us “Christians being Christian”:

Diligence & Discernment, Righteous Living, and Wholesome Communication.

 

In this blog, I will detail those principles and offer some exhortation regarding our walking in line with these “consistency principles”.

 

– Do you have “eyes to see and ears to hear” the Word of God? We see this expression used throughout the Scriptures often to refer to whether or not people are driven to, and open to, hearing and knowing the truth of God. This requires DILIGENCE & DISCERNMENT.

 

Where do you know about God and His Will for the world, humanity, and the future? Where do you get your information from? Is it true?

These are all aspects of exercising diligence and discernment in our walk – not something we can either have or not have. As we see in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-28, specifically verses 4-5, the Christians are called to be “Children of the Light” not walking about in darkness or confusion – instead knowing the time, redeeming the time (Proverbs 20:12).

“Our contemporaries suffer the same misguided hope of those in the first century. They don’t have “eyes to see”, lacking Spiritual discernment”. – Pastor David Boone
“The majority of humanity was unaware of the magnitude of what was taking place during the first century, even as a majority today remains in a darkness of their own design”. – Larry Siegle

 

Many have come to see that we are in dire need of reformation and revival in the Body of Christ, and this will come by diligence and discernment. As some have said, “Reformation must precede revival”.

 

(Are you studying and rightly interpreting God’s Word in accordance with 2 Timothy 2:15 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17? What study habits can you work on or studies can you attend? Are you exercising discernment not to lean upon your own misunderstandings or the “doctrines of men”? Are you aware of God’s will for humanity, the world, and the future? Are you living in line with it?)

As we become more diligent and discerning regarding the Will of God, we will see this “renewing of the mind” (cf. Romans 12:1-2) seeps into our lives. Christ came to bring “life to the full” and the only way we find that is by knowing and living in line with God’s Kingdom. We see the Apostle Paul exhorting the Believers at Ephesus in these regards – RIGHTEOUS LIVING (see, Ephesians 4:20-5:2; 5:3-20).
Our righteousness is not our own, we do not seek that, however as we come to live as the “righteousness of God” through Jesus Christ, all that He consummated for us in regards to our “covenant relationship” becomes our “life”. This was best explained by John Walton, –

“The Old Testament shows us that life is manifested through God’s entering into covenant relationship with His people….The righteous can only have life by holding fast to the God of salvation who is the God of Life. Life is understood as a gift”.

The more we grow in the grace and knowledge of God, our minds are renewed, and our lives are changed.

 

(In what areas is God renewing your mind and your life? What characteristics of the “old self” to do see all too often and need to “lay aside”? How are you doing in areas such as speaking truth to others (remembering as Christians we are members of one another)? Do you let go of anger and forbid opportunity for it to fester? Do you work hard to benefit others?)

The change is our life will manifest not only in our hearts, we also see a change in our communication. As Jesus Christ said, “The mouth speaks what the heart stores”. As we become a people of faith – our words will manifest our faith, as we grow in truth, forgiveness, gracefulness, love, joy, peace, and righteousness – we will see our communication will revolve around those things as well. The Apostle Peter details this a bit in his epistle in 1 Peter 3:8-12. The Apostle Paul details how we should speak to each other in songs, hymns, and praises – noting the encouraging and edifying tone we are called to have (cf. Ephesians 4:29; Ephesians 5:19)-  WHOLESOME COMMUNICATION.

 

(When you communicate with others are they edified? How can you grow in this regard? Are you kind in speech or interruptive? Are you encouraging or seemingly lacking faith? Are you a blessing to speak to? How can you become more wholesome in your communication in an effort to “seek peace and pursue it”?)

Ultimately, I pray that I made it clear that the best place to grow in these details, to better walk consistent in regards to worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth and being consistent in our lives, is a local Christian church. As one writer noted, “Never under-estimate the power and role of a Christian gathering”.

“For the follower of Christ, Church isn’t an option. It is quite literally who we are”. – Mark Cornelison

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Michael Miano
Blue Point Bible Church

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#BeingCHRISTIAN – “Consistency Principles” (Part 2)

On Sunday, September 11th., 2016 – I continued preaching through the #BeingCHRISTIAN sermon series, specifically dealing with the “In-House Discipleship” we have been detailing.

I have begun marking out what I am calling “Consistency Principles” in an effort to highlight areas we may need to be a bit more consistent. You can listen to the podcast of the September 11th sermon, which highlighted Patriot Day, as well as National Grandparents Day, at the following link, http://www.buzzsprout.com/11630/420603-beingchristian-in-house-discipleship-part-2

The “consistency principles” were:

Wisdom – We are told that if we lack wisdom to ask God for it (cf. James 1:5), therefore we are called to have wisdom. Wisdom is the applying of the the knowledge that we understand.

  • Are you become wise through the knowledge of God? Are you asking for it? Are you exercising wisdom in your life?

Faith – The Scriptures reveal that it is impossible to please God without faith (cf. Hebrews 11:6), and one of the goals of our instruction is to establish a sincere faith (cf. 1 Timothy 1:5). Faith is an “action word”, which is our exercising the knowledge of God to accomplish something beyond ourselves, or not leaning upon our own limited capabilities or misunderstanding, rather His abilities and His understanding.

  • Do you live with faith rather than leaning upon your own understanding? In what situations might you be able to express more faith in God’s work rather than your abilities or understanding of the situation?

Faithfulness – Most Christians would admit that that they desire to hear the words, “Well done my good and faithful servant” from our Lord. Our persevering efforts of faith garner the term faithfulness. Mark Batterson, famous author and preacher, says, “Faithfulness is not holding down the fort (keeping things safe, living safely- or as some say “dumb, fat, and happy”), rather faithfulness is chasing 500 pound lions(the challenges God puts before us to enable us to reach our dreams).

  • Where is God looking for more faithfulness on your part? Are you chasing lions? Are you persevering in the faith in all regards? Where can you show more faithfulness?

Freedom – As disciples of Christ we are called to be free (cf. John chapter 8; Galatians 5:1). We are not to be held in bondage, or participate in anything, any religious tradition, or anyone that would lead us into bondage. Especially, false righteousness. We know that true freedom in found in Christ, and as John Piper says, “God is most glorified when you are most satisfied in Him”.

  • Are you finding that freedom and satisfaction in Christ? If not, what is keeping you back?

I look forward to producing more of these “consistency principles”, as I know God is glorified through Christians being Christian.

In Service to Him,

Pastor Michael Miano

See, Part 1 of this writing at the following link, https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/beingchristian-consistency-principles-part-1/

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The Neubauer/ Denham Debate: A Direct Response

Last night I finally got around to watching the beginning of the debate between Mr. Holger Neubauer and Mr. Howard Denham. These two men are preachers in the Church of Christ denomination, and a bit of background had previously been provided by Dr. Don K. Preston. You can read those details at the following link:

http://www.bibleprophecy.com/responding-to-the-critics-preterist-controversy-in-the-church-of-christ/

About two years ago, I received a call from Holger Neubauer, and enjoyed a conversation with him in regards to Full Preterism (aka., Fulfilled Covenant Eschatology, Fulfilled Eschatology, Fulfillment, etc.). Surely seems like a great brother and asset to the Kingdom. Watching him detail the “time statements” and the infamous “timing determines the nature” argument gave me great joy, as I imagine it did our Lord. Glory to God when a man walks worthy of 2 Timothy 2:15 and preaches with excitement the fruit of his labor.

I must be honest however, I was already disgusted with the debate and felt it had been forfeited by Mr. Denham before Mr. Neubauer began his statements. Mr. Denham’s blatant ignorance regarding the AD 70 “coming of the Lord” and his cognitive dissonance in regards to what he actually read from the pages (ie, Acts chapter 1, verses 9-11) astounded me – and was clear to the brother (Andy) I was sitting with as well. Glory to God we used it as a discipleship moment, wherein we paused the debate and went to the Scriptures.

I then made the following remark on Social Media:

So Howard Denham lost the debate with Holger Neubauer about 24 minutes into his affirmative. I was able to utilize the moment to clearly detailing Acts chapter 1 to Andy Diaz as a fulfilled reality thus demonstrating the faithfulness of God. I appreciated Holger’s use of the “Time determines nature” argument which served as the negative that Denham required.”

Now watch the response this warranted from Mr. Howard Denham:

“ You evidently do not understand plain English. LOL “THE SAME WAY…” AD 70 was not any where near to be “the same way.” Something so simple,and yet so profound that Neubauer could not touch it for 4 nights, and neither have you.”

“ BTW what kind of Hyper-Preterist are you? (1) One who denies that Gentiles can be saved today. (2) One who denies that anyone is saved today. (3) One who affirms that everyone has been saved since AD 70. (4) One who affirms that all who are in Christ are saved, regardless of how much sinning they may do. (5) One who affirms that the church, baptism, the worship described in the NT (including especially the Lord’s Supper) have ceased. (6) One who believes that only hose who are linear descendants of Abraham are saved. (7) One who believes that Genesis 1-2 is just myth. (8) One who believes that Genesis 1-2 has nothing to do with the creation of the material Universe. (9) One who believes that the Lord was errant when He taught that Adam and Eve were the first human pair. (10) Or any modification or combination of these. Just so Holger Neubauer can see who he’s now depending on for his support and fellowship.”

Also, the speeches were only 20 minutes each, which means you cannot even tell time today. Ciao!”

Let’s look at those responses in terms of Paragraph 1, Paragragh 2, & Paragraph 3.

My response to Paragraph 1 would be that I do understand plain English, actually it is because of the plain English that I have my understanding of Fulfillment in Acts 1:9-11. Go read the text slowly to yourself and then answer

In what manner did Christ “go into heaven” in which Acts chapter 1 not only records but prophesies of?

….and a cloud received Him out of their sight” and where did the cloud take Him? . Mr. Denham seems to lack an understanding of how clouds were used in the Law and the Prophets, how Jesus Christ said many times (using the prophetic imagery and context) that the coming of the Lord would be with clouds, and how that would have applied to the audience.

Thank God that we have historical record about what would be Biblically classified as a “coming of the Lord” in that generation, in AD 70, while some of the original disciples were alive, in direct fulfillment of what Jesus prophesied.

And not many days after the feast, on the twenty-first of the month Artemisium, a certain marvelous vision was seen which passes belief. The prodigy might seem fabulous were it not related by those who saw it, and were not the calamities which followed deserving of such signs.
 For before the setting of the sun chariots and armed troops were seen throughout the whole region in mid-air, wheeling through the clouds and encircling the cities.
 And at the feast which is called Pentecost, when the priests entered the temple at night, as was their custom, to perform the services, they said that at first they perceived a movement and a noise, and afterward a voice as of a great multitude, saying, ‘Let us go hence.’ “ – Eusebius, 4th century Church Historian quoting Josephus, 1st century Jewish Historian

Prodigies had occurred, which this nation, prone to superstition, but hating all religious rites, did not deem it lawful to expiate by offering and sacrifice.
There had been seen hosts joining battle in the skies, the fiery gleam of arms,
the temple illuminated by a sudden radiance from the clouds. The doors of the inner shrine were suddenly thrown open, and a voice of more than mortal tone was heard to cry that the Gods were departing. At the same instant there was a mighty stir as of departure.” – Tacitus, 1st century Roman Historian

You can read more at the following link:

http://fulfilledtheology.ning.com/forum/topics/historical-records-with-some

I believe that response suffices against Mr. Denham’s seemingly angry response in Paragraph 1.

Now on to Paragraph 2. “Hyperpreterism” is a term that most Full Preterists have asked not to be associated with, since the denotation of “hyper” implies going to far with something. Hyperpreterists would be seen as those who say there is no lasting effect or work of Fulfillment for us today, 2000 years past the fulfillment of the Age to Come.

I am sure that the reasoning behind Mr. Denham’s statement in Paragraph 2 is to instigate further division and to foist more claims of “heresy” upon these men in regards to their Church of Christ affiliation. Well, to be clear, I imagine some of my views might put me outside the “Church of Christ” denomination, which is fine with me. However, I hold to the Scriptures, I cling to 2 Timothy 2:15 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17, as well as follow what I see to be an eternal principle of gathering with Believer’s to “rightly divide God’s word” and encourage one another to good work. Therefore, I don’t care to go through Mr. Denham’s silly little list. Holger, you have the support of God and His Word, don’t let the confusion within the “preterist camp” or the pointing it out by anyone discourage you from standing firmly upon your instruction – 1 Timothy 1:5.

And finally, to the trite statement we dare called Paragraph 3. Mr. Denham’s arrogance is wild. This man is a preacher? A man I am called to look up to? I surely can tell time, sure enough can read, write, and speak plain English, and even further- I can understand that in reading a historic book how important humility in regards to “audience relevance” truly is – something Mr. Denham seemingly lacks. I meant 24 minutes into the the entire presentation I was watching – Go see for yourself how everyone should have simply closed up shop and went home at 24 minutes in, because Mr. Denham is ignoring what his Bible says!

Here’s the link, http://www.preteristdoctrine.com/video/3485/debate-neubauer-denham-night-1

In Service to Him & His Truth,

Pastor Michael Miano
Blue Point Bible Church

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