Early Church House
The assembly of Christians in an Early Church house was not by accident. Four reasons suggest themselves according to the British theologian and evangelist Dr Michael Green (1930-present) in "Evangelism in the Early Church" for the choice of a house as a meeting place for the Jerusalem Church.✞
- The upper rooms and domestic residences were immediately available.
- The domestic structure provided a relatively inconspicuous meeting place. Although the early church house and settings was not a guarantee against persecution, in the early years when persecution was a threat, Christians used discretion in their choice of meeting place.
- The Jews in Palestine and across the Roman Empire assembled in house synagogues. Since most of the early believers were Jews and God fearers, it is not difficult to envisage the Christian communities adopting Jewish patterns, particularly since many of their activities resembled those of the house synagogues.
- The early church house provided the necessities of a Christian gathering and most importantly the facilities needed for the preparation, serving and eating of the Lord's Supper.
"Early Church House"
by Ron Meacock © 2018