After I returned from an overseas trip which included a visit to the ancient city of
I highly suspect that the early church that we read about in the Bible had none of these items. Certainly there is nothing in the words of Jesus to suggest He anticipated such a thing.
However the church of the New Testament existed and operated, there is also little reason to conclude that it was intended as a perpetual instrument of God in all subsequent ages. As noted before, the focus of Jesus was on the establishment of an invisible, internal kingdom, not the re-constitution of something similar to the Old Testament Jewish Temple with all its trappings. It is much more natural to conclude that the church was merely the precursor to the kingdom, which Jesus promised was imminent in His day. The fact that the Apostle Paul worked in and through local churches, such as the one at
No, I did not see the church at