Monthly Archives: March 2019

3.26 – Beyond Creation Science (pt. 2)

3/27/2018 – Wednesday Night Praise, Prayer, & Bible Study
Beyond Creation Science – Chapter 1

Agenda
– Praise & Prayer
– Reading Through & Mark out Discussion in Chapter 1
– Conclusion
– Closing Prayer

Chapter One – What Did Jesus Say?

“Some Standing Here Will Not Taste Death Until…”

 

 

Peter Was Martyred, But John Lived On!

 

 

“This Generation Will Not Pass Away Until All…”

 

 

The Great Tribulation Has Already Happened.

 

 

Two Debates In One Book

 

 

X- millennialism vs. Pan – millennialism

 

 

Conclusion

 

You can watch the provided review video at the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiLrzW05B9Y

 

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Book Review: Christianity & The Social Crisis In The 21st Century

Recently I read through Walter Rauschenbusch’s 1907 critique, Christianity and the Social Crisis in the 21st century, a book said to be “the classic that woke up the Church”.

To be honest, the book was hard to read as I felt the same point was reiterated again and again, however there were some rather poignant things found throughout the book that do mark out problems and solutions all found within the contemporary Body of Christ. Therefore, this review will seek to highlight various quotes and portions from the book for our edification.

 

THE KINGDOM OF GOD

“…the essential purpose of Christianity was to transform human society into the Kingdom of God by regenerating human relationships and reconstituting them in accordance with the will of God”.

“Instead of a society resting on coercion, exploitation, and inequality, Jesus desired to found a society resting on love, service, and equality (not a postponed Kingdom but rather one in our midst, here and now – my insert)”.

“Whatever argument one would use to demand the postponement of social regeneration to a future era  will equally demand the postponement of personal holiness to a future life”.

 

THE PROPHETS

“…a study of the prophets is not only an interesting part of the story of social movements but is indispensable for any comprehension of the social influence exerted by historical Christianity and for any true comprehension of the mind of Jesus Christ”.

“The prophets were the heralds of the fundamental truth that religion and ethics are inseparable and that ethical conduct is the supreme and sufficient religious act”.
– “They said less about the pure heart for the individual than of just institutions of the nation”.
–  “The prophets were not radical individualists. During the classic times of prophetism they always dealt with Israel and Judah as organic totalities”.
–  “When speaking of their nation as a virgin, as a city, as a vine, they are attempting by these figures of speech to express this organic and corporate Spiritual life”.

“Our philosophical and economic individualism has affected our religious thought so deeply that we hardly comprehend the prophetic views of an organic national life and of national sin and salvation”.
–  “…distorts the utterances of the prophets as soon as we handle them”.

“When religion was driven from national interests into the refuge of private life, it lost its grasp of larger affairs and the old clear outlook  into contemporary history gave way to an artificial scheme. Instead of reading present facts to discern God’s purposes, men began to pore over the sacred books and piece together unfilled prophecies of the dead prophets into a mosaic picture of the future”.
–  “Yet the  unhistorical and artificial schemes of apocalypticism have been and are now more influential in shaping the imagination of Christian men about the future course of history than the inspired thoughts of the great prophets”.

Our desire should be “loyalty to facts and hostility to illusions”.

 

OUR HOPE

“The truth is that the idea in the sense in which Jesus and His audiences understood it almost completely passed out of Christian thought as soon as Christianity passed out of Christianity passed from the Jewish people and found its Spiritual home within the great Greco- Roman world”.
– “The Greek world cherished no such national religious hope as the prophets had ingrained in Jewish thought; on the other hand it was intensely focused on the future life of the individual, and the ascetic triumph over flesh and matter”.

“It takes more faith to see God in the little beginnings than in the completed results; more faith to say that God is now working than to say He will some day work”.

“In early Christianity we see a gradual change of Christianity from one hope to another, from its Hebrew origin…it accepted the intensification of the individual hope”.

Epistles of Barnabas: “There are 3 dogmas of the Lord: the hope of life…and righteousness and love”.

 

HISTORICAL NOTATIONS CONCERNING THE CHURCH

  • Gregory of Tours called Frankish kings “men of God”
  • Medieval clergy completely immoral
  • Look up major church splits and divisions

“Their eye for profit was keener than their ear for God and humanity. That is the great sin of modern humanity, and unless we repent, we shall perish by that sin”.

“The health of a society rests on the welfare of the home”.

“If the Church tries to confine itself to theology and the Bible and refuses its larger mission to humanity, its theology will eventually become mythology and its Bible a closed book”.

 

CONCLUSION

“One of the persistent mistakes of Christian men has been to postpone social regeneration  to a future era to be inaugurated by the return of Christ”.

“Let us run the race with assurance that our faith is strong enough to change the lives of individuals and also redeem the soul of our society”.

“It is true that any regeneration of society can come only through the act of God and the presence of Christ; but God is now acting and Christ is now here”.

“The greatest contribution which any man can make to a social movement is the contribution of a regenerated personality…”.

“If any new principle is to gain power in human history, it must take shape and life in the individuals who have faith in it”.

“Let others voice special interests; the minister of Jesus Christ must voice the mind of Jesus Christ”.

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3.20 – Beyond Creation Science (pt. 1)

3/20 – Wednesday Night Praise, Prayer, & Bible Study
Beyond Creation Science – Intro to the Study

Tonight’s Study Goals:
– Explore methods of study through BCS book
– Read through Forward & Introduction together (keep notes on back of this paper)
– Review outline and respond to questions below
– Resources for further study through the week

Could you relate to Normas Voss’s introductory story? How so?

 

“The inability of Christians to grasp the meaning and message of both Genesis and Revelation create a great divide in America. Christians struggle with both the beginning and the culmination of the Scripture – the Alpha and the Omega as they might be called. Both Genesis and Revelation bring a lot of baggage with them to the American religious scene”
– How have you personally seen this as true?

 

“You hold in your hands a book that offers a full picture of both ends of the story the Bible tells. You hold in your hands a book that brings together the story of origins with the story of redemption and provides the most complete and comprehensive understanding that I have ever seen in my decades of study”.
– What are you hoping to gain out of this study?

 

 

“conservative Christians in America” (pg. 13) 
cf. “We believe the Bible can be understood through careful consideration, intelligent inquiry, due diligence, and effort”.

You can watch the video review of this study at the following link; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnrPlXsXX-4

 

Further study:
Links for in- depth study of topics related to BCS & Covenant Creation
www.beyondcreationscience.com
http://deathisdefeated.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-covenant-creation-archive

Blog – Returning To Our First Love – Presuppositions
https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/returning-to-our-first-love-presuppositions/

Blog – Responding To Newsweek – Mr. Kurt Eichenwald & Biblical Illiteracy
https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/responding-to-newsweek-mr-kurt-eichenwald-biblical-illiteracy/

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TJ Smith’s, Kingdom Come (Review of Wed. Night Study)

We recently did a few weeks study through TJ Smith’s book, Kingdom Come, in our Wednesday night Bible study at The Blue Point Bible Church. I had previously written a review for TJ’s book (the link to that review will be posted below). However, the goal of this short blog is to highlight some points we that were marked out in our studies sessions, a sort of outline for the book.

Here is the link to my previous review, https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2018/02/26/tj-smiths-kingdom-come-a-must-read/

  • Many of us marked out some issues we had with TJ’s comments about parables, and found ourselves disagreeing a bit (pg. 18-20). Also, at some parts some readings had a hard time discerning whether or not TJ trusts the Bible (pgs. 70-86). This allowed for great conversation around our study table.

 

  • TJ Smith explained early on in the book that his goal was to highlight the “progressive revelation” of the parables, in contrast to a “deferred hope” (pg. 13).

 

  • We had a great discussion about “demonology” and the influence of Hellenism due to details TJ shares on pgs. 67-69. I will be soon providing an audio clip detailing some of that discussion and more at wickedthingsexplained.wordpress.com

 

  • TJ created a “flannel board” for us to keep record of the parables and how they highlight “How to Build A Kingdom”. It looked something like this:
    – Bind the strong man (Chapter Two – Mark 3:20-29)
    – Formulate the message/ Build the Team (Chapter Three – Mark 4:2-20)
    – Product knowledge (Chapter Four – Mark 4:21-25)
    – Eliminate the competition (Chapter Five – Mark 4:26-29 cf. Joel :13-14)
    – Word of Mouth/ Best advertisement (Chapter Six – Mark 4:30-32)
    – Drain the swamp/ New distribution (Chapter Eight – Mark 12:1-12)
    – Trust the leadership
  • Nearing the end of the book, TJ makes some rather poignant statements that I would like to mark out here and challenge YOU further to read his book (again), go through the aforementioned parables, and be effective and fruitful in the fulfilled eschaton, worshipping the Lord in Spirit and in Truth.

 

“In the Hebrew mindset, the “harvest” was not always the glorious ‘golden – sunrise, wind-blown’ event Western Christians have viewed through rose colored glasses. When the Hebrews spoke of ‘harvest’, they typically understood it as judgement.”

 

“Believers need to be studying Scripture, learning of the customs and traditions of the ancient Hebrews. Studying idioms of the Jews. We need to learn how-to interpret the Bible and that can only happen when we understand ancient Jewish culture, customs, language, and times in which Jesus lived”.

 

“Yeshua accomplished everything He said He would; we rule and reign with Christ as ambassadors on earth; God dwells with us; He is our God and we are His people; He is the Tree of Life and we are the ‘leaves’ used for the healing of the nations. His righteousness dwells on earth, through us, since we are now the righteousness of God exhibited through love and grace”.

 

Get your hands on a copy and be blessed by all of this and more, not to mention starting on page 132, TJ Smith highlights and offers wisdom regarding our being in the Kingdom, Christ being our King, and our application of such a reality. Glory to God.

Be blessed and edified, and Worship Him,
Pastor Michael Miano
The Blue Point Bible Church
www.bluepointbiblechurch.org

 

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