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"Do All Things According to the Pattern"

On-Line Correspondence Course #3: Exploring the Reasons and Remedies for Religious Division. Be sure to visit our series of articles on Bible Authority. The article on following patterns may also be profitable.

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Please use your Bible to look up the following verses and answer the related questions. You can click on the verses to visit an off-site resource that provides the scripture. Questions without verses should be based on your opinion and common understanding.

Introductory Reflection

  1. What are the benefits of examining Bible examples? (I Corinthians 10:11-12; Romans 11:22)
  2. If we follow the example of God and Jesus, to what extent will be willing to sacrifice for them? (Romans 12:1)
  3. Therefore, if the activities of our lives, worship, or churches do not match God's instruction, what should we do?

God's Pattern

  1. What was Moses commanded to follow in building the articles of Old Testament worship? (Exodus 25:40)
  2. In addition to the teaching of the "pattern", what law was key to the restoration of true worship during Ezekiel's time? (Ezekiel 43:7-12)
  3. Whatever the pattern may be for us, how closely should we follow it? Why? (Hebrews 8:5)

"Adding To" and "Taking Away From"

  1. Were the Israelites allowed to change the commands of the Old Law and Covenant? (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Joshua 1:7-8)
    YES  NO 
  2. What danger is presented for the one who alters God's Law? (Proverbs 30:5-6)
  3. Is twisting or corrupting the gospel equally condemned under the New Covenant? (Galatians 1:6-9; Matthew 15:3-9; Revelation 22:18-19)
    YES  NO 

Nadab and Abihu

  1. What made the fire "profane", which Aaron's sons, Nadab and Abihu, offered to God? (Leviticus 10:1-3)
  2. Did God approve of their "adding to" His commandment? (Leviticus 10:1-3)
    YES  NO 

Saul, First King of United Israel

  1. What was Saul commanded to do? (I Samuel 15:2-3)
  2. Did Saul do as God commanded? (I Samuel 15:7-9)
  3. Did Saul think he had obeyed God? (I Samuel 15:13)
    YES  NO 
  4. Did Saul think he had a worthy motive for sparing the cattle? (I Samuel 15:14-15)
    YES  NO 
  5. How did God, through Samuel, reply (I Samuel 15:22-23)? And, what is the lesson for us?

Uzzah and the Ark of the Covenant

  1. How did God command the Ark of the Covenant to be transported? (Exodus 25:10-15)
  2. Was any one allowed to touch the Ark directly? (Numbers 4:5-6, 15)
    YES  NO 
  3. When David decided to move the ark, with whom did he consult? Whom did he fail to consult? (I Chronicles 13:1-4)
  4. Why did Uzzah touch the Ark? Did he have good intentions? (II Samuel 6:3-7)
  5. What was David's initial reaction? (II Samuel 6:8) Is it the same as yours and mine?
  6. How did David finally respond? (II Samuel 6:9; I Chronicles 15:2, 13, 15)
  7. Based on this example, do you suppose "good intentions" will save us on Judgment Day if we disobey God's Word?
    YES  NO 

Annanias and Saphira

  1. What good thing had Barnabas done for the starving New Testament Christians? (Acts 4:32-37)
  2. What did Annanias and Saphira do with their land? (Acts 5:1)
  3. Apparently, how did Annanias present their charitable proceeds to the apostles? (Acts 5:2-4)
  4. How did God respond to their lie? (Acts 5:5-10)
  5. Therefore, can we justly conclude that God's severity was limited to the era of the Old Testament?
    YES  NO 

Grace, Obedience, and Forgiveness

  1. Once we have sinned, can we earn our way into heaven by righteous works? (Galatians 3:11, 21-22; Romans 6:23)
    YES  NO 
  2. But, On Judgment Day, how will Jesus respond to those who confessed and worked in His name but did not obey His commands? (Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 13:23-27)
  3. Will belief without obedience save us? (James 2:14-26)
    YES  NO 
  4. What then will be the basis and standard of our judgment? (II Corinthians 5:10; John 12:48; Matthew 12:33-37)
  5. If neither works nor faith alone is sufficient and acceptable to God, what then is required of us? (Micah 6:6-8; Matthew 23:23)


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