The early church had no holy buildings or sacred objects. The people were simply believers in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the truth that had been revealed by God. Because of Christ the people themselves were holy, they were the sacred, they were the priests. The people were the church. They met in homes to worship, learn and fellowship. A home in Dura-Europos (Fort Europos) near the banks of the Euphrates River still shows frescoes of Biblical scenes: Peter walking on the water, paralytic being healed, women at the grave, plus David and Goliath. A wall had been removed in this house to open up room for up to 70 people to meet. This private home that doubled as an official meeting place of believers (the church) dates to around 232 AD. Christians were meeting here in a Roman fortress city right next to an active synagogue which has also been excavated.
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