The "No Pattern" Theory

The "No Pattern" Theory

THE NO PATTERN THEORY READING: PSALM 119:153-160 DEFINE: Pattern Theology Pattern theology is the belief that God has given mankind biblical patterns to follow in life, conduct, and worship. Patterns are the models, designs, and examples found in the Bible. These different patterns define Gods instructions to man. Rejected by many Pattern Theology This pattern theology has been rejected by many church leaders. Exclusive of differing religious practices among

various churches If believers accepted patterns, how Christians follow the commands, practices, and teaching of the scriptures would change. Rejected by many Pattern Theology We always come away from the general conference with a new church every four years. New legislation is enacted and new structure is created. The Methodist discipline is literally rewritten every four years. Another general conference closed yesterday in Atlanta among all the things that happened and the changes that were made let us hope that a new vitality and evangelistic fervor will emanate from the long sessions. We are a great church, 12 million strong. What mighty things God can do if we are fully committed to discovering and doing his will as a

community of faith. Let's give Him our best." --Bishop Robert M. Blackburn, Methodist Church Rejected by many Pattern Theology But there is no infallible method for interpreting Scripture. There is no heaven-given system of Bible study. Are we really looking for a pattern? We have taken Acts and tried to make it a prison. Acts was not meant to be a pattern. I reject pattern theology. The Scripture is not a book of case law to be cited like a bunch of proof texts. The way to teach people about the Bible is not to quote a series of steps to salvation. I am not looking for a pattern. I am looking for a Person. --Rubel Shelly

PSALM 119:160 The God Deals With Men in patterns: Gods pattern is all God has revealed on a subject. entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments

endures forever. Fundamental Difference Pattern Theology How we view and apply divinely given patterns is central to why Gods people have and are divided to this very hour! If one tries to say the Bible teaches there are no patterns, is the Bible then a pattern for no patternism? JOSHUA 24:15 And if it seems evil to you to .In the days of Joshua, Gods people

had to make a CHOICE serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD! MATTHEW 7:21 Not .Jesus said

men must make a CHOICE everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. IS THERE SUCH A THING AS BIBLE PATTERNS? Noah and the ark: Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make

rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. And this is how you shall make it {Genesis 6:14,15} Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did. {Genesis 6:22} IS THERE SUCH A THING AS BIBLE PATTERNS? Moses and the tabernacle: And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. 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. {Exodus 25:8,9} 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. {Hebrews 8:5} IS THERE SUCH A THING AS BIBLE PATTERNS? Solomon and the temple: Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the vestibule, its houses, its treasuries, its upper chambers, its inner chambers, and the place of the mercy seat; and the plans for all that he had by the Spirit, of the courts of the house of the LORD, of all the chambers all around, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries for the dedicated things; also for the division of the priests and the Levites, for all the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and for all the articles of service in the house of the LORD. {1 Chronicles 28:11-13} Israel followed works of their own

hands vs. Gods Patterns Israel decided to follow their own patterns instead of Gods. What happened? And they made a calf in those days, offered sacrifices to the idol, and

rejoiced in the works of their own hands. ISRAELS PATTERNS Nadab and Abihu: Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. So fire went out from the LORD and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. {Leviticus 10:1,2} ISRAELS PATTERNS

King Saul & Amalekites: He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed. {1 Samuel 15:8,9} ISRAELS PATTERNS King Jeroboam: Therefore the king asked advice, made two calves of gold, and said to the people, "It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up from the land of

Egypt! And he set up one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan. Now this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one as far as Dan. {1 Kings 12:28-30} ISRAELS PATTERNS Uzzah touching the ark: And when they came to Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. Then the anger of the LORD was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God. {2 Samuel 6:6,7} ISRAELS PATTERNS

King Uzziah burning incense: And they withstood King Uzziah, and said to him, "It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have trespassed! You shall have no honor from the LORD God. Then Uzziah became furious; and he had a censer in his hand to burn incense. And while he was angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead, before the priests in the house of the LORD, beside the incense altar. {2 Chronicles 26:18,19} What Do We Learn in O.T. Pattern Theology All these sound like patterns to me, right? Common sense tells us if God was so concerned about Noahs Ark, the Tabernacle, the Temple,

worship, Ark of the Covenant he gave a divine pattern for all of them. He demanded and expected them to be followed! N.T. PATTERNS Pattern of teaching: 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. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. {Romans 6:17,18} N.T. PATTERNS Pattern of teaching:

Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. {2 Timothy 1:13} N.T. PATTERNS Pattern of examples: Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. {Philippians 3:17} N.T. PATTERNS Pattern of examples: In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that

cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. {Titus 2:7,8} How Are Divine Patterns Revealed? All these sound like patterns to me, right? How did God choose to reveal these patterns to men? By His wordHis DIVINE BLUEPRINT given to us by Divine Revelation 2 TIMOTHY 3:16,17 God Deals With Men in patterns: Gods pattern

is all God has revealed on a subject. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 1 CORINTHIANS 2:9,10 God Deals

With Men in patterns: Gods pattern is all God has revealed on a subject. But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

1 CORINTHIANS 2:11,12 God Deals With Men in patterns: Gods pattern is all God has revealed on a subject. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the

world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. COLOSSIANS 3:17 And God Deals With Men in patterns: Gods pattern is all God has revealed on a subject. whatever you

do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. How Are Divine Patterns Revealed? By Scriptural authority How did God establish such authority? Through His wordHis DIVINE BLUEPRINT given to us by Divine Revelation AUTHORITY OF CHRIST ESTABLISHED Authority of Christ Expressed in

Scripture 1. How do words communicate? Express thoughts in three ways: Direct statement: believe, baptized, saved Mark 16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. AUTHORITY OF CHRIST ESTABLISHED Authority of Christ Expressed in Scripture 1. How do words communicate?

Express thoughts in three ways: Approved example: met on first day Paul approved and participated Acts 20:7 Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight. AUTHORITY OF CHRIST ESTABLISHED Authority of Christ Expressed in Scripture 1. How do words communicate?

Express thoughts in three ways: Necessary implication: speaker implies, hearer infers or concludes Went upout of the water implies Went down into the water. Matthew 3:16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; ... HOW TO ESTABLISH AUTHORITY GENERIC AUTHORITY General; opposite of specific. If a command

is generic, an action is authorized without the details. SPECIFIC AUTHORITY Precisely formulated or restricted. If a command is specific, the action is authorized, then the details are specified. HOW TO ESTABLISH AUTHORITY Generic and Specific Authority Illustrated in Genesis 6

SPECIFIED: 6:22 Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did. 7:5 And Noah did according to all that the Gopher wood (14) Compartments (14) 450 Long (15) 75 Wide (15) 45 Tall (15) 1 Window & Door (16)

3 Stories (16) HOW TO ESTABLISH AUTHORITY Generic and Specific Authority Illustrated in Genesis 6 6:22 Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did. 7:5 And Noah did according to all that the Generic & Specific: Build an ark of gopher wood

Expedients Tools and Size of material dependent upon specific need Liberty: Source and means of transporting materials HOW TO ESTABLISH AUTHORITY Generic and Specific Authority Illustrated in Genesis 6 Build an Ark of Gopher Wood Authorized Anything Unauthorized

is Excluded Another Door Another Window Different Wood Different Size Incidenta l Workers Scaffolds Tools If It Is Not Authorized in the It is an addition toBible: Gods word (Deut. 4:2; It is an addition to Gods word (Deut. 4:2;

Prov. Prov. 30:5-6) 30:5-6) It It is is not not as as the the oracles oracles of of God God ((11 Peter Peter 4:11 4:11)) It It is is not

not according according to to the the pattern pattern ((Hebrews Hebrews 8:5 8:5)) It It is is another another gospel gospel ((Galatians Galatians 1:6-10 1:6-10)) It It is

is of of men men (Matthew (Matthew 21:25) 21:25) It It cannot cannot be be done done by by faith faith (Romans (Romans 10:17) 10:17) It It cannot cannot be

be done done in in the the name name of of the the Lord Lord (Col. (Col. 3:17) 3:17) It It is is not not aa good good work work (2

(2 Timothy Timothy 3:16-17) 3:16-17) It to life godliness (2 It does does not not pertain pertain tochurch life and and godliness (2

W. 65th St of Christ / Don McClain Peter Peter 1:2-3) 1:2-3) June 11, 2006 37 Must Be Able to Discern Divine Patterns Pattern will be REVELATION from God Galatians 1:6-10; Colossians 3:16,17 Pattern will be APOSTOLIC in its authority

1 Corinthians 14:37; 1 John 4:6 Pattern will be UNIVERSAL in its application 1 Corinthians 4:17; 7:17; 14:33

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