A house designed for a Home Church
One example given in the New Testament of a house design that was practical for a home church was a large room on the second or third floor with a kitchen. Being on the top floor it was not part of the normal living quarters but reserved for special occasions. This would even be an ideal design for family holidays. A couple with adult children and a lot of grandchildren do not need a large house except when all the family comes home. Having a large room where all can gather is ideal.
Mark 14:13-16 And he sendeth forth
two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city,
and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow
him. 14 And wheresoever he shall go say ye to the goodman of the
house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall
eat the passover with my disciples? 15 And he will show you a
large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us.
16 And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and
found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the
Also see Luke 22:12
Acts 1:12-15 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. 13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. 15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about a hundred and twenty,)
Acts 20:7-9 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. 8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together. 9 And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.
- God Does Not Dwell in a Temple Made With Hands
A number of passages of Scripture that drive this point home. A church building is not needed for us to meet God, nor is it needed for the center of church life.