Act 2:46 – And day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple and breaking bread from house to house, they partook of their food with exultation and simplicity of heart
This is a picture of the earliest discovered (231 AD) Christian home that was used for a meeting place. It was discovered in Syria and is called the Dura-Europos house church. The meeting area is on the left and the baptistery is on the right, toward the back.
I found this interesting quote from Spiro Kostof’s A History of Architecture:
“Indicative of a repressed and plebeian movement, the places of worship were exceedingly modest. Centers for the community were set up in remodeled, outwardly inconspicuous houses… To the first generations of believers the church was where the Christians were. The word ecclesia, “church,” signified the community of Christ that had no need for prescribed buildings to proclaim its faith and reaffirm its bonds. The people were the architecture. In the century or so before Constantine the random gathering places of this primitive Christianity slowly began to be formalized, and with the sudden breakthrough of the imperial conversion, the necessity of a monumental built order to project prestige and authority came to be recognized.”
I saw a billboard last week as my wife and I were driving back to Texas. Not a unique or staggering experience, I know, but this one caught my eye. It read: “Live for Me, I died for you –God.”
As we flew past it at 70+ mph it managed, unlike other billboards, to lodge itself in my mind. And as we continued to drive along that spatially unassuming road in the middle of nowhere, that sign with those curated seven words, so poignantly chosen to sound right out of the ten commandments, rolled in the lock of mental undertow.
I realized you can read that sign one of two ways.
Most people probably read, “Live for Me, I died for you” with the traditional glasses of Christianity- doing things in honor of God or for the glory of God. To me, this concept is very vague but of course universally applicable. The thought is: if I recognize God for this gift or talent and do it as best I can He is glorified since He created me in this unique way.