A Pattern for Worship
In His Presence “Even the first covenant had regulations of divine worship and the earthly sanctuary” (Hebrews 9:1).
Many of us can remember watching our mothers make dresses when we were children. Patiently, they would cut out a pattern, pin it to the fabric, and then carefully cut out the pieces so they could be sewn together. The pattern was a guideline for something greater—a dress, skirt, pair of slacks, or blouse.
When we plan the construction of a building, we begin with a blueprint as well. It becomes the pattern we follow in building the structure. In fact, anyone who has ever undertaken a building project knows the importance of architectural drawings. The goal in using these is to achieve a greater result.
If you are going to do anything well in this life, you must begin with a design. The same is true of worship. God outlined a precise pattern for Israel to follow in their worship of Him. The nation had witnessed His miraculous deliverance and their release from Egyptian bondage. However, over time they forgot His goodness and waned in their devotion to Him. The pattern He had given them was meant to lead them to a greater, closer relationship with the God of the universe. But they did not understand this principle and strayed.
The same is true for us today. God loves us with an everlasting love and has provided a pattern for our worship. It is one that, if we use it, will guide us into a close, personal relationship with the Savior. We find His pattern for worship in His Word and through the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus told His followers, “When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13). The Spirit of God is the one who lays a pattern for us to follow in worship and praise. Ask God to develop within you a heart of devotion to Him. Then you will experience not only the fullness of His blessings but also the outpouring of His delight in your life.
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Worship requires a basic design, but it produces a glorious result—one that leads us straight into the throne room of God.
Rather than viewing the cross as an historical event that will take us to heaven, we ought to view it as a current event containing everything we need to bring heaven to bear on earth.
In The Power of the Cross, Tony Evans carefully and pastorally applies the cross of Christ to life today. In three parts, he considers:
• What makes Christ unique; how Old Testament prophecy and typology looked ahead to Him; and how His humiliation, death and resurrection sets Him apart as Lord
• What was accomplished on the cross for us, how it is to be the centerpiece of our lives, and how it's a source of authority for us
• What is the power of the cross and the stability it provides, deliverance it offers, the power of its ongoing remembrance, and more
The cross is the hinge of history. How much more, then, is it the hinge of your life? It gained more for you than you may realize; do not make the grave error of overlooking it. As a thank you for your gift of any amount, we’ll get this brand new book, The Power of the Cross, out to you right away.