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Behold the Pattern

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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)


								
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