Here are some notes from my Church in the New Testament Class. These are just thoughts for musing on. Obviously these were taken in the context of a larger conversation that you are missing out on. I really can't say more now, cause I'm studying for finals.
1. What would you do if there was only one church in your city? What if you couldn’t go down the street cause you didn’t like the way the pastor preached?
2. We don’t know how do deal with the “I” in the midst of the “we”.
3. We are historical positives, which means that we think that if we can get back to the first century, and translate that into our world, then thing will be "right".
A. Problems with this
1.Can we get back to the first century, this pure form of Christianity?
2. Just because they did something dosen't mean we necessarely should.
3.Historical models should not be normative. If they were, we would have five different theologies of the Spirit.
4. One can’t separate one's view of history from one’s view of the Bible. Hence we have to consider how we do history, and what the place of scripture is in constructing that historical enterprise.