What did Christians do in these house churches, most of which were located in just ordinary homes? Vivid descriptions have come down to us, of a preacher at Smyrna for example, of the Eucharist in Rome, of Baptism in Carthage, and so on. We must not think however that Christians did things in the same way everywhere.
We are reading about actual scenes in these house churches, meeting real people, and catching something of their spirit. We must not imagine the Early Church as altogether good. The samples which we are looking at are good ones, but later we come upon problems, failures, mistakes and divisions. As Christ Himself said in Matthew 13.25, there are "weeds among the wheat."