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Authentic Spirituality: Through the Lens of Genesis Chapter 1

 

When we open up our Bibles to the Book of Genesis we are immediately introduced to the the Ancient Near Eastern culture (*think – ancient Sumer, Mespotamia, etc). By examining Genesis chapter 1 we can gain an understanding of “spirituality” and ultimately reinforce our spirituality which is established in and through Jesus Christ as “authentic”. Take a minute to read through Genesis 1:1-31.

What you just read is the Genesis creation account. The phrase “formless and void” which can be found in Genesis 1:2 highlights that the creation at that time (“earth”) was comparable to a dry, useless desert wilderness with no possibility to sustain life (as expressed in the Hebrew -“tohu wabohu”). As we read, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, the darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters (Genesis 1:1-2)”. Unfortunately, many have failed to note that “heaven and earth” is a covenant phrase used all throughout the Scriptures to refer to God’s old covenant people (Israel), as well as their covenant with Him (the Temple was referred to as “heaven and earth”) in contrast to earth simply being all of creation. This unfortunate failure to understand the covenantal aspect of these details has led to a distorted understanding regarding what is happening at the beginning and throughout the Bible. Far too many people think the phrase “heaven and earth” means the sky and the terra firma we are standing upon and that the beginning of the Bible is trying to explain the beginning of that. That is simply not the case.

(“Heaven and Earth” as used through the Old Testament cf. Leviticus 26:14-20; Deuteronomy 30:19; Deuteronomy 31:30-32:1; Isaiah 1:1-2; Isaiah 13:1-13; Isaiah 24:3-6, 19-20; Isaiah 34:3-5; Isaiah 51:16; Jeremiah 4:28)

As we “study to show ourselves approved, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15)”, we should be gaining a narrative understanding of what is being detailed from Genesis to Revelation. In step with gaining a narrative understanding, we should we learning the historical context and scene of the details we are reading, and picking up a familiarity with words and phrases that are used. Doing so will enable for a more beautiful, worthwhile, and wholesome understanding of God’s truth.

In Genesis 1:2, as mentioned above, there are quite a few covenant features. For example, “darkness” hints at confusion all throughout the Scriptures, and the “deep” or the waters, symbolize the mass of people outside of the covenant people (“Heaven and Earth”) all throughout the Old Testament. Also, the mention of the Spirit of God hovering over the chaotic waters should provoke the image of God initiating something within His creation. The big question is – what was God doing?

Again I mention that it is truly lamentable how far off people have gone in trying to gain understanding of what is happening in Genesis chapter 1. If confusion takes place at the start of reading the Bible, we end up going through the rest of the Biblical details with a bit of confusion. This speaks to to the rather weak and divided nature of Christ’s Church today, summarized by a failure to apply humility and understanding regarding the details of Scripture, and the various historical contexts through which they were revealed.

If and when we begin to understand Genesis as an ANE text and take in to account the historical context, we open up the door to gaining a radical (rooted) spirituality. Instead of Genesis 1 speaking to our contemporary concerns about God’s creation of the physical things we see – heaven and earth – the historical context speaks to the rampant idolatry and confusion that characterized the ancient near east. Surely God has created all things (cf. Colossians 1:16), however Genesis 1 is understood to be an ancient near eastern “temple text” aimed at establishing the sovereignty of the One True God covenanting with His creation. He establishes the “heaven and earth” (His covenant people) in a formless and void society all with the intention to begin a work (“hovering”) among the mass of people. In a more contemporary fashion we might say, “He was bringing light to darkness”, or clarity to confusion, which is exactly the first creative act highlighted in Genesis 1:3. Genesis chapter 1 is all about God establishing His covenant people to have an affect on the nations around them (“the waters”). This truth of how God worked with and among His people is conveyed through Moses’s song in Deuteronomy chapter 32.

“He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye. Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions. The Lord alone guided him, and their was no foreign god with him. (Duet. 32:10-12)”.

Remember the “big question” I mentioned above? What was God doing?

In order to make it explicitly clear that God was bringing forth judgment upon an idolatrous culture in Genesis chapter 1, and ultimately declaring His sovereignty and covenant among His people (“heaven and earth”) through what is known as“temple text”, I want to take us to a passage that uses similar language. Let’s read Jeremiah 4:22-28.

“For my people are foolish. They know me not; they are stupid children and have no understanding. They are shrewd to do evil, but to do good they do not know. I looked on the earth, and behold, it was formless and void; and to the heavens, and they had no light. I looked on the mountains, and behold, they were quaking, and the hills moved to and fro. I looked and behold, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens had fled. I looked, and behold, the fruitful land was a wilderness, and all its cities were pulled down before the Lord, before His fierce anger. For thus says the Lord, “The whole land shall be a desolation, yet I will not execute a complete destruction. For this the earth shall mourn and the heavens above be dark, because I have spoken, I have purposed, and will not change my mind, nor will I turn from it”.

Exactly what we read in Genesis chapter 1, right? The prophet Jeremiah is prophesying to Israel the coming judgment at the hands of Babylonians which occurred in 586 BC. Jeremiah is using powerful imagery to declare this judgment showing that God’s people, as well as the surrounding nations would be confounded. The prophets continually bring to the forefront the reality that all of God’s creation yearn for His glory to be manifest – the creation and His creation. However, that glory is revealed through His creation, and due to carnality His creation seemingly stumbles again and again. Jeremiah uses rather powerful language to convey what we might call a “conceptual reality”.

A conceptual reality is the formation of thoughts pertaining to the natural environment that are understood as more real, more defining than the reality itself. This is in contrast to an abstract reality which is understood as otherworldly, and sadly enough this is how most people view things of the Spirit. Not so much the Hebrew people though. Many people view spirituality and what is often referred to as the “spirit realm” as mysterious and far away, where as the Hebrew people understood God as near and present to them, being understood through their concept of covenant. Instead of spirituality being understood as an otherworldly phenomenon that wooden images could only mysteriously convey, the Hebrew people saw themselves as the image of God to the nations through their elevated understanding (i.e. their understanding of Spirituality) of His covenanting among them.

It is exactly that, Israel being the image of God to the nations, which is a conceptual reality finding its beginning in Genesis chapter 1 and flowing through the rest of the Scriptures. God creating “heaven and earth” and “hovering over the surface of the deep” was illustrated through the calling out of Adam from the “formless and void” creation of Genesis 1:1 – all a picture of God establishing covenant among His people (Adam being the progenitor of that covenant). The spirituality (or understanding that comes from outside of man, beyond, elevated above) that flows from that “conceptual reality” is that Israel was to obey Torah knowing the sovereignty of the One True God who was manifest in, through, and among them.

Possessing an “authentic spirituality” requires a proper understanding of spirituality that was manifest from God covenanting among His people, as well as an understanding of what authentic means. The carnal manifestations of man’s logic and reasoning, ultimately leaning upon his own misunderstanding is characterizes by confusion and chaos, rather than a clear and clarifying (dare I say elevated/ spiritual) reality which was offered by God through covenant – first through His natural covenant with Israel (Torah) and today through the eternal spiritual covenant established in and through Jesus Christ.

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining Spiritual thoughts with Spiritual words. But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised… For who has known the mind of the Lord, that we will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:12-14,16)”.

In this blog I have offered an honest look at the historical context and details of Genesis chapter 1 in an effort to establish an “authentic spirituality”. We noted that instead of detailing the creation of physical things, we know Genesis 1 to be a ANE temple text highlighting the One True God covenanting with His creation (which would later become Israel). Understanding that allows for an “authentic spirituality” (those who have eyes to see and ears to hear) in regards to the conceptual reality being highlighted in Genesis chapter 1.

What many are defining and trusting as “spiritual” is actually a stronghold delivering them right into the hand of the enemy (the carnal mind – The Satan). What many understand the details of Genesis 1 to be about is also leading many into the hands of the enemy through skepticism, doubt, and confusion. The work of the Satan is the be an adversary to God’s truth and lead us to lean upon our own misunderstandings. Christ was manifest to destroy the devil (1 John 3:8), to give the Church victory over him,(“crush him under their feet” cf. Romans 16:20), and allow for the true knowledge of God to be established among His people (cf. Revelation 21:22-26). Let’s continue to walk as children of the Light offering clarity where there is confusion.

  • I am looking to publish a new book, Wicked, in March 2017. Wicked will deal with much of what was mentioned in this blog in regards to the Biblical narrative, covenant, spirituality, and more.

To God be the Glory!

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Reviewing 2016 & Peering Into 2017

It is a rather unfortunate thing that the current trend in our contemporary society is to forsake making New Year’s resolutions. I see this leading to nothing other than utter disappointment and dissatisfaction as many fail to properly examine themselves, their lives, and their goals when they are afforded the opportunity.

Winston Churchill, the British statesmen and Nobel Peace Prize winner, once stated that “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see”. Every year I offer up a review of the past year in an effort to challenge and stimulate my perspectives, goals, and ideas for the future. I pray that through my honest examination and expression that I would inspire you to do a review of the past year and prayerfully develop some resolutions for the year to come.

The word “authentic” has been reverberating through my mind and heart for the last couple months. Properly defined, the word authentic means to have a traceable place of origin, to be genuine. As I have been reviewing the past year and peering into 2017, authentic seems to be the perfect word to sum up my resolutions in life, as well as ministry.

In review of the past year’s notes, I found the following quote:

Allow His Word to be understood in the text, and then Spiritually written on your heart”.

That quote illustrates the “authenticity” I am speaking about. As a pastor whose life mission is to help others know and understand how to live an “eternally fulfilling and satisfying life”, I make it my business to help others genuinely understand the details of the Gospel as expressed through the Scriptures in their historical context. Because then, and only then, will the wisdom that is from beyond man (spiritual), be written on your heart. Also, this authenticity is pointing me toward a more aggressive, bold posture in the new year.

My favorite Bible verse is 1 Timothy 1:5 and surely having love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith all of which demand authenticity. Two other Bible texts that seem to be motivating me this season are Proverbs 25:11 and 1 Timothy chapter 6. The Proverbial advice “Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in the right circumstances” highlights the need for us to authentically explain and detail the Gospel in a manner that is like “apples of gold is settings of silver”. This requires a genuine interesting and listening to the concerns of others and presenting truth from His Word. The Apostle Paul’s instruction to his spiritual son Timothy highlights that many fail to know, and/or abuse the doctrines of Godliness by using them for the wrong reasons. The Apostle Paul says, “But flee from these things you man of God, pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, gentleness (1 Timothy 6:11)”. Also, as a pastor, I will seek to walk worthy of these details in my calling as outlined in Titus 1:9, therefore requiring an authentic boldness – what I have usually referred to as “zeal empowered by knowledge” (cf. Romans chapter 10)”.

Allow me to offer up a quick review of ministry in 2016:

BLUE POINT BIBLE CHURCH

Early in 2016 we made it the goal at BPBC to “Walk Worthy: Bearing Fruit”, ultimately with the desire to find the Church at work in the world with “purpose and strategy”. As I reviewed the work of our church this year, and the sermons that were preached, it becomes evident that 2016 was a year of establishing a foundation regarding our identity in Christ and in the world.

We went through a couple of “sermon series” this year at BPBC which were:

Life Together” which focused on the many relationships we have as Christians and how we are called to live in those relationships; “One New Man” which brought us through the “body” texts of Scripture and showed that we the Body of Christ are the One New Man that was hoped for throughout the Old Testament; #BeingCHRISTIAN highlighted the many “Spiritual To Do Lists” found throughout the Scriptures and how we need to see those details in our lives – you can find our “check lists” at the following link:

https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/beingchristian-exams-parts-i-ii/

We concluded the year with a praise & worship series called “Yadah…Yadah…Yadah.Shachah”, which aimed to focus us on submitting to and being in awe of Him in all that we do, especially allowing this to by highlighted in our “worship service”. And thus our Christmas service highlighted the “mystical realities” we have in Christ and how we need to grow more fully in being “full of grace and full of truth”.

In the midst of such sermon series we went through some other resources learning how to Wiser Together, Chase the Lion with Mark Batterson, and more…all seemingly focusing us on our identity in Christ. Prayerfully as we end the year and move into a new year, we have begun to see ourselves as the fulfillment of what was longed for through the Old Testament, we are a nation, a reality set up in righteousness to convey the truth of God to the world. That’s the role of the Church as per Ephesians 3:15.

On April 11th, I woke up thinking through all that we offer at BPBC and summarized like this:

The local church provides the “knowledge of God” to enable us to live like, worship like, and love Jesus Christ”.

As I said at our Semi-Annual Meeting in June 2016, “As I have searched out His ways and reasons (regarding church growth), it seems pretty clear that God has given us this time to “examine ourselves”, all in an effort to allow us to demonstrate a purposeful and strategic method of evangelizing and making disciples of the nations. The very purpose of this church as stated in our Constitution”.

Considering that we have had some new faces around BPBC this year, Mr. Andy Diaz was baptized here and continues to grow in the faith, and I have have the privilege of talking with many of you this year – I’d say it was a blessed one! Prayerfully we demonstrate all that we are called to now at The Blue Point Bible Church, and all the more as we grow into 2017 – all for His glory!

#ProjectRESTORE

You could rightly say much of my life’s mission is that by teaching and preaching the “knowledge of God”, and demolish anything that hinders a healthy understanding of it. Early on in 2016, I felt convicted that there are so many beautiful, worthwhile, and wholesome realities that many are missing out on and they need to be restored.

We continued our allowance of Heroin Anonymous to use our churches, even trying to fix up our basement a bit, allowing for a more beautiful, worthwhile, and wholesome experience of sobriety while at BPBC. Also, we further jumped into outreach this year – developing a BPBC Philosophy of Outreach, participating in Hope Day, maintaining a close relationship with the Suffolk County Police Department, local Civics and community groups, as well as various other efforts to bring common grace to our neighbors and the world.

Also, with the help of It Is Finished Organization (my fiancee’s startup non-profit) we renovated the playground at BPBC. Currently, our Children’s Ministry is in need of a “new beginning”, however in faith we moved forward offer a more beautiful and worthwhile playground – hopinf “if we build, they will come”.

Come to The Blue Point Bible Church to learn more about and to get involved with our “outreach philosophy”.

THE POWER OF PRETERISM NETWORK

As a mature Christians at BPBC who readily understand Bible prophecy to be fulfilled – thus making us “Preterists” – we are continually encouraged with the advancement of the modern reformation. The Power of Preterism Network exists to network Christians who believe in the reformation of Full Preterism/ Fulfillment/ Fulfilled Eschatology and the effect it is  having on the church, by provide exhortation and leadership in regards to being Christian and Preterist, as well as moving toward establishing apologetic and evangelism efforts, education venues, outreach, ordination, church planting and more…Also, The Power of Preterism Network (TPPN) maintains an informative resource website as well as details from the annual Bible conference at The Blue Point Bible Church.

We have seen so many come to the understanding of Full Preterism and be edified and encouraged by our work at TPPN in 2016. We had a great conference in March 2016 and look forward to another great one in March 2017 – more information coming soon. You can view the various videos produced through the past years conferences at the following link, http://www.powerofpreterism.com/preterism-.html

This year I had the opportunity to speak on “The Efficacy of the Local Church” on the Montly Fulfilled Prophecy Conference Call which you can listen to and review at the following link, https://preteristconferencecalls.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/01-michael-miano-the-efficacy-of-the-local-church/. Also, an article I had written on Reformation Now: End Times Views Matter was published in the Winter 2016 issue of Fulfilled! Magazine, which should soon be posted on PDF at the following link, http://www.fulfilledcg.com/Site/Magazine/magazine_previous_issues.htm

TFC Magazine was a great resource throughout 2016, however I realize I only posted 3 articles in 2016. Much more to come in 2017, however you can review those articles at the following link, http://tfcmag.com/preview1.php?&search=by%20Michael+Miano

I am currently working with Mr. Ricky Carranza from Finland on a documentary regarding a genuine everyday Christianity that ultimately leads to understanding Full Preterism. As always, so many resources coming from the “Preterist Movement”, I look forward to keep you in the loop through The Power of Preterism Network Updates at www.powerofpreterism.wordpress.com. Through our efforts with TPPN we look to offer more clarity and strategy in being “On the Frontlines of Reformation and Revival” in 2016.

Look forward to more about #TeamPRETERIST in 2017 (we are currently redoing some of the strategy). Look forward to our “Book of Revelation” Bible Conference on March 24th-26th, 2017 at The Blue Point Bible Church (again, more information coming soon).

In the meantime, a resource I recommend you getting your hands on is the new DVD – Resurrecting the Past – which can be ordered at the following link, https://zephonministries.blogspot.com/p/dvd-store.html

(We will have a public showing (with popcorn) at the Blue Point Bible Church in mid-January 2017). 🙂

MGW (Miano Gone Wild) MINISTRIES

There will be quite a bit of changes with my ministry “Miano Gone Wild”. Primarily, it will be changed from solely an online radio platform to a full-fledged ministry – online radio, YouTube video teachings, and blogging. Another aspect that will changed will by the style of the programs. Let’s face it. Those of you who know me know my constant almost neurotic desire to “name and label” things. I am not realizing that doing this, especially on MGW Online Radio often hinders and becomes a distraction from authentic learning and zeal, ends up puts me in a box so to speak, all of which is set to change in 2017.

In the past year, on MGW Online Radio (which is currently under construction at www.MianoGoneWild.com) I offered broadcasts dealing with Church History, Ignatian Spirituality, and more recently “The Flavors of Preterism”. While I enjoyed much of what these series offered, I know many desire a more natural expression of “Miano Gone Wild”. So…look forward to a new weekly style and show starting Monday, January 2nd, 2017.

The combination of my YouTube and blog site to MGW Ministries will prayerfully allow for more edification to flow through my learning and sharing. On YouTube I shared a couple different series – 3Pi YouTube Series, From Fasting to Feasting, and I am currently going through a series called “Gaining a Narrative Theology”. You can watch those videos and more at the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfOfWwisYZA

My reading and learning of course usually has a lot to do with what I am zealously sharing and what I hope to transmit to you. Some books that I read and shared this year were Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, many Church history texts, dating and marriage books, Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson, A contemporary look at Ignatian Spirituality, Redirectional Idealism by Don Perry, The Journey to Grace by Richard Belcher, Unseen Realm by Michael Heiser, and Hidden Christmas by Timothy Keller. I look forward to reading many more books this coming year, however I read an interesting quote this morning that I pray will be fruitful in my reading and application in 2017:

Book reading is of small value unless the truths which pass before the mind are grasped, appropriated, and carried out in their practical issues”. – Charles Spurgeon

GROWING INTO 2017

That leads leads us into a summary of 2016. If you’ve been tuned in to our ministry at The Blue Point Bible Church, as well as all that has been done through the ministries I work in and through, this past year the truth of the “ever-reforming nature of the Church” was highlighted in our learning more about the Church. Through our examining and coming to a more beautiful, worthwhile, and wholesome understanding and expression of our identity as the Church, we have opened more opportunities to grow into 2017 – full of grace and full of truth.

I look forward to growing into 2017 with a marked-out authenticity in preaching, discipleship, and outreach. In September 2016 I woke up one morning thinking about my calling in Christ. I wrote in my notes that “God designed me with a thirst for knowledge, a diligence to study through details, and a desire to share.” This reminded me of my initial zeal (what I often refer to as being “freaked out”) and desire to learn and share the Truth – a zeal empowered by knowledge. I pray that I will express more of that in 2017.

In my life and ministry I have made the resolution to be more authentic and bold in my expression of 1 Timothy 1:5 – loving with a pure heart, maintaining a good conscience toward God and others, as well as living and offering a sincere faith. My mantra has been “zeal empowered by knowledge” which I believe is the living out of my calling as detailed in Titus 1:9 – exhort others with sound doctrine and rebuke those who oppose it.

Ministry at The Blue Point Bible Church will move forward with the vision of #AThinkingFaith. The hash-tag (#) symbolizes our desire to share and be a blessing to the world. We give what we have – a thinking faith. A faith that is build upon heeding to the wisdom of Scripture – studying to show ourselves approved and rightly dividing the Word (2 Timothy 2:15), examing all things and holding fast to that which is good(1 Thessalonians 5:21), and being able and ready to share that with the world (1 Peter 3:15).

I ended classes regarding Immersed Discipleship a couple of months ago for a couple of reasons. Primarily, in being authentic I want to move away from programs and “naming”, and instead truly allow individuals to experience this immersion. We will offer three different Bible reading tracks, and a forum-based Saturday morning Bible Study (9AM-11:15AM) led by Pastor Mike Miano for immersion into Biblical topics and themes as well as Q & A in keeping with individual Bible reading. Set up a meeting with Pastor Mike to learn more about Immersed Discipleship.

We anticipate more and more authentic outreach in keeping with our BPBC Outreach Philosophy of simply serving where we feel inspired and burdened. 😄 Youth (our new youth ministry for ages 12-16) will be hosting Friday Night Bible Studies at 6:30PM, and on the last Friday of ever month we will throw a “youth party”. It Is Finished Organization looks forward to more organization and activities in 2017 as well. I am praying and resolving to do much more intercessory prayer in 2017. After all, it was one of my favorite Christian leaders, Dietrich Bonhoeffer who said, “Intercession prayer is the most promising way to reach out neighbors, and corporate prayer offered in the Name of Jesus, the purest form of fellowship”.

Also, in the new year look forward to the following (however there is truly much more in store):

  • Launch Reformation NOW which is a ‘ministry’ designed intentionally to encourage reformation in the Christian Church, ultimately leading to a greater revival and revolution.
  • Launch L.I.F.E. (Learning Institute of Fulfilled Eschatology) – certificate program
  • Publish Wicked
  • Publish Returning to Our First Love: Biblical Narrative Study Guide

I really do look forward to a blessed and God-glorifying year at The Blue Point Bible Church, as well as all that I have the privilege to participate in. God willing, you will join me in some of these efforts.

I pray the following words of Jim Elliot, a servant of Christ and a martyr for the faith, will be exemplified in and through my life, Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”

In Service to Him,

Cheers to a Blessed Year,

Pastor Michael Miano

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Spiritual Stuff: Disagreeing with Dr. Michael Heiser

“The path has not been easy. It came with risk and discomfort. Friends, pastors, and colleagues at times misunderstood my questions and rebuttals of their proposed answered. Conversations didn’t always end well. That sort of things happens when you demand that creeds and traditions get in line with the Biblical text”.

Recently I had the pleasure of listening to brother Travis Finley’s podcast, Rethinking Revelation, with a guest appearance by Dr. Michael Heiser, a well known Old Testament/ Ancient Near East scholar.

You can listen to that podcast at the following link,

https://www.spreaker.com/user/rtb4tftx/episode-17-interview-w-mike-heiser

While highly esteeming his credentials, and in many regards would seemingly be a “grasshopper in his sight”, I have come to be in sharp disagreement with him. Namely, his understanding of the “Divine Heavenly Council”, also however his perspective on the “spirit realm”.

I finished reading Dr. Heiser’s book, The Unseen Realm, a couple of months ago and have been planning to write a short review. Plainly, this is a classic example of someone saying so much I find myself in agreement with, yet finding myself completely disagreeing with them in many other regards. How does that happen!?!?

In the opening introduction, Dr. Heiser explains his coming to understand his view of the “heavenly council” in such a manner:

“There it was, plain as day: The God of the Old Testament was part of an assembly – a pantheon – of other gods”.

I heard about this “heavenly council” view from Pastor David Curtis of Berean Bible Church, and then of BBC’s elders, Jeff McCormack wrote an article for FULFILLED! Magazine on the same topic. Simply put, I have found no substance for this view and see it to disturb the way the ancients would have understood things, as well as the narrative of the Bible.

Oddly enough, Dr. Heiser make the following points in his book;

He speaks about his seeking to understand the “heavenly council”, as a “…a place evangelicals fear to tread”, something I experienced by and large as I studied eschatology and came to understand Full Preterism.

“The explanations I found from evangelical scholars were disturbingly weak….”, which again would be true of my journey. Actually, some of this was shown by Dr. Heiser’s explanations of Revelation (as detailed in the above podcast I shared).

“When I looked beyond the world of evangelical scholarship, I discovered that other scholars had churned out dozens of articles and books…”, again I think of men like Dr. Don K. Preston, Dr. Ed Stevens, among many other scholarly men who influenced me as I navigated toward the truth of Full Preterism, in opposition to what other “evangelical scholars” had to say about eschatology.

“My conscience wouldn’t let me ignore my own Bible in order to retain the theology with which I was comfortable. Was my loyalty to the text or to the Christian tradition? Did I really have to choose between the two? – And there we have the ongoing reformation mindset. Glory to God!

I have to say upfront that I appreciate Dr. Michael Heiser and the mind that God has given him. He clearly has a desire to know, understand, and teach the truth. He mentioned the amount of time it took him to finally write a book on these views, 15 years. At that I feel I must be humbled and tread lightly in my critique. I’m not a know-it-all, so as I study, I’ll either have better responses or be proven wrong – so be it. In the meantime, I am disturbed that a man can have so much right, yet miss so much on the other end.

Also, I totally agree with Dr. Michael Heiser’s approach in understanding the Bible. He clearly recommends a healthy understanding of “audience relevance” as well as the points he made in the following quotes:

“Our traditions, however honorable, are not intrinsic to the Bible. They are systems we invent to organize the Bible. They are artificial. They are filters”.

“The facts of the Bible are just pieces – bits of scattered data. Our tendency is to impose order, and to do that we apply a filter. But we gain a perspective that is both broader and deeper if we allow ourselves to see the pieces in their own wider context. We need to see the mosaic created by the pieces”.

I am a big advocate of what it referred to as “Narrative Theology”. Not the quote unquote liberal theory of Narrative Theology, but rather a big “picture theology” that is shaped by an understanding of the whole story that graces the page of Scripture. However, it would seem my and Dr. Heiser’s understanding of that narrative differs.

Dr. Heiser says, “The story of the Bible is about God’s will for, and rule of, the realms He has created, visible and invisible, through the images He created, human and nonhuman. This divine agenda is played out in both realms, in deliberate tandem”.

I would summarize the Biblical narrative to be a big picture reality on how man has come to and can come to know the truth of God. If man coming to know God is redemption, then what we read through the pages of Scripture is the historical detailing of that redemption. God used Old Covenant Israel as His historical people and example through which man’s sin is highlighted and offered the gift of grace through the Messiah. God wants man to rule, reign, and rest with Him and for Him and that is found “in the Spirit”, however man naturally leans upon his own misunderstands (cf. Proverbs 3:5-6). Man leaning upon his own misunderstanding, in contrast to heeding the truth of God (Spirit) is the conceptual reality that is highlighted in the Genesis account, and than man being saved from that through the Messiah is highlighted in the last 2 chapters of the Book of Revelation.

Where I have come to sharply disagree is how Dr. Heiser is his understanding of “the intersection of our domain and the unseen world”. I remember reading through various books and articles on Hebrew mythology and the Ancient Near East and wondering how did all of this reflect upon the details I find in Scripture. How does the truth of Scripture contrast the understanding of the ancient near eastern myths and cults? It would seem that Dr. Heiser has allowed these “Hebrew myths” to develop his understanding of the “heavenly council”, which in some respects has become his “filter” (talked about above).

Honestly, I couldn’t fully read through the book. He used a host of texts (some you will find in a picture below), and used them in a very erroneous matter. I couldn’t stomach the disagreement any more, so I jumped to some chapters, and then finally just reading the last 2 chapters to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

Dr. Heiser uses Psalm chapter 82, of which he says, “has at its core the unseen realm and its interaction with the human world”.

Let’s take a look at Psalm 82:

“God takes His stand in His own congregation; He judges in the midst of the rulers. How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked? Vindicate the weak and the fatherless do justice to the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them out of the hand of the wicked. They do not know nor do they understand; they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. I said, “You are gods”, and all of you are sons of the Most High. Nevertheless you will die like men, and fall like any one of the princes”. Arise I God, judge the earth! For it is Thou who dost possess all the nations”.

I am baffled that this text could cause so much disruption in Dr. Heiser’s view. The is surely a Messianic picture. God taking His stand is God coming in judgment, and that judgement would be in the midst of His people. Thus is why Jesus Christ quotes this passage in John 10:34-37. Jesus is explaining to the Jews (who are the rulers who judged unjustly and showed partiality to the wicked), namely they did not follow the command of Deuteronomy 4:6-9. Not to see this is to miss the entire point of the Old Testament and the purpose of the Messiah coming to His own. I have no idea how this verse disturbed Dr. Heiser.

Old Covenant Israel was those who walked in darkness and did not know nor understand. Israel was suppose to have the presence of God, however due to sin, which was highlighted by the picture in the garden (which would have been a covenant story for Israel throughout all their generations) they were separated – thus “dying like men, and falling like the princes”.

Dr. Heiser’s confusion is compounded because he has said, “At no point in the Old Testament does the Scripture teach that Jews or Jewish leaders were put in authority over the other nations”. I put a big frown in the book next to this statement. How could Dr. Heiser miss this?

Israel was given the oracles of God (cf. Romans 3:2), they were to rule and reign over the nations as they lived the example of the Law (cf. Deuteronomy 4:6-9), and they came under judgment again and again for failing to live up to this, ultimately culminating in the AD 70 “coming of the Lord”.

After hearing Dr. Heiser on the Rethinking Revelation podcast and really paying attention to his thoughts on eschatology, I realized maybe he needs to return to study of the Biblical narrative past the ancient near east. The “spiritual realm” which is being conveyed through the whole of Scripture (from Genesis to Revelation) is a conceptual reality (an actual reality being made known through a picture), not a dualistic other-world.

Through covenant God chooses those who dwell in His presence, His people had been removed from His presence only to gain access through Jesus Christ at the end of the age (cf. 1 Corinthians chapter 10; Hebrews 9:26). No other gods dwell there.

I urge a study on all the verses that will be in the picture below – of course after a healthy understanding of the Biblical narrative from Genesis to Revelation. Keep an eye out for my book, Wicked, due to be published in March 2017 which will deal with some of these details as well as an examination of all things wicked – Satan, demons, hell,etc…

In Service to Him,

Pastor Michael Miano

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#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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