Early Church Houses
Acts Meeting Places
The assembly of Christians in early church houses was not fortuitous. Four reasons suggest themselves according to Dr. Michael Green in "Evangelism in the Early Church" for the choice of them as meeting places.✞
Jerusalem Christian Houses
- The upper rooms and domestic residences were immediately available.
- The domestic structure provided a relatively inconspicuous meeting place. Although Acts early church houses and settings were 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 houses 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 Houses"
by Ron Meacock © 2018