Hold the pattern


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There is a Biblical pattern for the church, worship and salvation. God wants us to stay with the pattern.

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Hold the pattern

  1. 1. Hold Fast the Pattern 2 Timothy 1:13
  2. 2. 2 Timothy 1:13-14 13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
  3. 3. Hebrews 8:5 who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, "See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."
  4. 4. Introduction Many argue that God did not leave a pattern by which we must worship. They claim we can worship as we see fit. There is a pattern. We must follow it. How can we hold to a pattern if it does not exist?
  5. 5. Pattern Ladies make bears for the hospital. They cut the material using a pattern. The pattern is the guide, the standard to follow. Today – 3 purposes of a pattern
  6. 6. Gives Direction We need direction, guidance Jeremiah 10:23 O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps. God gave Noah a pattern to build the ark – Genesis 6:14-16
  7. 7. Gives Direction God has given us direction 1 Peter 4:11a If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. God has not left us to do what we want. He has given us a pattern. We are to follow His direction.
  8. 8. Promotes Unity If all follow the same pattern in making bears – they will be alike. If we follow the pattern from God – we will speak the same thing. 1 Corinthians 1:10a Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing,
  9. 9. Promotes Unity 2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Neither time nor culture, will change the pattern
  10. 10. Preserves Identity Exodus 25:9 According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it. Romans 6:17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.
  11. 11. Preserves Identity If you lived in the first century or in the year 2014 : If you were a native of Corinth, Ephesus, Rome OR Milan, Gibson County, Tennessee : The identity will remain the same
  12. 12. WARNING Failure to follow the pattern is serious Nadab and Abihu did not follow the pattern (Leviticus 10:1-3) Jeroboam did not worship according to the pattern (1 Kings 12)
  13. 13. HOLD FAST THE PATTERN Follow the same bear pattern – get the same bears Follow the same pattern for salvation – get the same New Testament Christians as you read about in the book of Acts
  14. 14. HOLD FAST THE PATTERN Follow the same pattern Worship as they did Believe what they believed Teach what they taught We will be what they were : NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIANS.