Build According to Pattern!

Hebrews 8:5 “When Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God saying, “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.”

Recently I had the privilege of spending some time with Ps Danny Gugg… from Edge Church in Adelaide. It was a wonderful time of listening and imbibing of the Spirit inside this great man. One of the insights he shared with me and my mate was the principle of pattern. God had told him to “Build according to the pattern that I show you.”

For the last 15 years Ps Danny has been building Edge Church on the patterns God has shown him. His words resounded in my heart as I have been a massive proponent of patterns. Patterns are powerful because they shape the culture of the church or group we belong to. Every church has patterns that distinguish it from other churches. Patterns are informed by 3 elements: 1) Bible; 2) Leaders call; 3) Community surrounding the church.

Throughout Scripture there is a constant emphasis on patterns because pattern brings alignment and clarity to many things in our walk with God. A church’s culture is informed by the patterns of what is visible, what we are convicted about and what assumptions we hold.

What patterns are you building into your life, family and church? Are you building according to the pattern God has shown you in his word or are you copying the patterns of someone else?

Towards the end of last year I asked my ministry team to discard some of the stated values that we supposedly held as a church and go on a journey of observing what patterns come to the surface over a period of time. Whatever comes to the surface tells us what we hold most important. Since I’ve said this I have observed clear patterns already emerging in the life of the church. These are:

  1. Connection – Relationships
  2. Charisma – Holy Spirit
  3. Compassion – People in need
  4. Character – Integrity
  5. Commitment – God’s House (giving, praying & serving)
  6. Cause – Christ followers

Lead the Change!

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