The early church met in homes and in the temple. Our focus in the West has been on “temple worship” as evidenced by the sheer number of church buildings that dot our landscape. The focus of the early church were the meetings in the home punctuated by larger meetings when the apostles, and other five-fold ministry came to town. Paul’s meetings at the School of Tyrannus is an example of the latter.
As you study Scripture, a beautiful picture of Koinonia (fellowship) is described by 30+ “One-anothers.” Rather than memorizing them all, imagine the depth of friendship and extended family the early church experienced. Add that to their building of community in the home and commitment to caring for the poor and needy of their communities and you have a dynamic picture of first century community life.
For many the blueprint of the sanctuary is a great goal to raise money for and build, often with a 20-30 year mortgage, but from where I sit, if your goal were the “One-Anothers,” how could you develop them while all facing the same direction to watch a few talented members express their gifts. Such a layout would produce a passivity in the majority and an exhaustion in the few…Selah!
Seems like we might want to rethink the wineskin?