So I was reviewing my notes from my Church in the New Testiment class with Richard Beaton. Below are some of the bigger points, and questions we are asking.
How did their understanding of themselves change as their size changed, 20-100-1000-10,000? (this is synonymous with time, 32 A.D. to 100 A.D.)
On any number of subjects there is more than one model in the NT. What does that say to us?
Why do we follow the NT examples, and if so, which one?
Up until 40 B.C. they did not consider themselves Christians, they were Jewish followers of the Messiah.
Did Jesus intend to found a new communal entity separate from Judaism?
When you say, "we had a 'word of knowledge' this morning," how do you know that what you are experiencing is the same experience that they had?
The message of the Bible is not: Jesus died for you so you can go to heaven, it is: the story of God reconciling the world to him.