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Behold the Pattern Exodus 25:40 We Serve A God of Patterns The tabernacle, the Temple, and the church are all build upon a pattern The pattern of the tabernacle (Ex. 25:8-9,40; 26:30; 27:8; Num. 8:4; Acts 7:44; Heb. 8:5; 9:24) We Serve A God of Patterns Note three important things about the tabernacle building… 1. Attitude (emotion) had to be joined with authority (pattern) – 25:1-9; 35:20ff 2. Talent (skill) had to joined with authority (pattern) – 35:30ff 3. The building was examined to see if it matched the pattern – 39:32-43 We Serve A God of Patterns The pattern of the Temple (1 Chron. 28:11-12,8-19) Like the building of the tabernacle, both emotion and skill had to be joined with authority (pattern) – 28:21 We Serve A God of Patterns The pattern of conversion is found in the gospel (Rom. 6:17; “form” = pattern; mold; cast; die) The pattern for the church is found in the gospel (2 Tim. 1:13; “pattern” = outline; sketch; to delineate) The pattern for the world is the faithful Christian (1 Tim. 1:16; Tit. 2:7) No-Pattern Brethren Some, like Ahaz, are not content to abide by God’s pattern, but seek a worldly pattern (2 Kings 16:10) Some ridicule the “patternist mentality” or, the “old paths mentality,” or “pattern theology,” or “legalistic patternists” No-Pattern Brethren Brethren in the 1850’s to 1900’s that ignored the NT pattern ended up in the Christian Church and Disciples of Christ Brethren in the 1940’s to 1960’s that ignored the NT pattern ended up in the institutional Churches of Christ Brethren in the 1980’s that ignored the NT pattern are now leaving Churches of Christ for denominations Behold the Pattern We serve a God of patterns! We must remain true to the NT pattern, or return to it if we have left! The NT pattern is… Divine (Mt. 16:18; 28:18) Complete (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Jude 3) Successful (Acts 2:47; 5:14; 9:31; 16:5)
"Behold the Pattern"