Tony, can you give me a call about the projector you ordered from Today's Classroom. Rick
As far as that goes, a house church is also the biblical model. Are you following that pattern?
Acts 2:46- And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.
Of course, believers were driven out of the temple by the persecution in Jerusalem in less than a generation. I guess my point is that the early church not only hadn't any denominations... it hadn't any dedicated edifices either. To what extent should the early church be the model for today's church?
No, the "Apostolic Age" didn't have denomonations. During the "Ancient Roman Period" and thereafter, Christians began to build meeting places (dedicated edifices), and the styles evolved. From the Atrium, to the Basilica, to the Mausoleum, and so on. Today's temples, churches, are fine. They have evolved with technology. So I guess my answer is... we don't have to look to mirror a model from the early church. Just continue to maintain a meeting place for the saints to assemble, worship, and fellowship.
What is the approximate timeline of the "ancient Roman period"? The earliest archeological discovery of a structure believed to have been devoted to Christian worship is at Dura Europos on the Euphrates River in modern Syria (according to ChurchHistory.net). It has been dated to circa 240 A.D.
We know persecution of the Church until Constantine's reign hindered the construction of church buildings in the Roman Empire. We know that for nearly the first two centuries, for example, the church was meeting clandestinely by necessity. So, I do wonder when and why Christians began to use dedicated edifices for worship. But this is far afield from the original subject of this thread. Perhaps I can post this question separately, if anyone is interested in exploring it.
can anyone tell me Tony Preston's phone #?
It's possible that church structures were built before this period, but the most recognized structures were built after 240AD and into the 4th Century. I'll look for your post.
Sure. Start a new thread. This is a topic that I have been exploring for a moment now.
Tony, can you give me a call about the projector you ordered from Today's Classroom 877-909-9910. Rick
I have been planting church homes instead of local churches.