Most Christian churches at least make a stab at imitating the churches of the New Testament, but no one really makes it. That's not very surprising, given the change in culture and technology&#8212;especially in the western world. But Jesus did not come to bring a culture, but a way of life that will work in any culture.
But no one can ever again have the special circumstances of the first-century church, the immediacy of Christ, the presence of the witnesses of Jesus after his resurrection. And, of course, no one has a man like the Apostle Paul.
Those early Christians had something pretty special&#8212;they needed it. It was a dangerous and hard time. There is nothing like sharing a challenge, especially danger, to bond people together. Paul had a very special relationship with the old men of the Ephesian church where he had served for so long. There is a plaintive quality in his last speech to them. We find it in Acts 20.