January 21st, 2018 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, January 21st, 2018



Subject — Life

Golden Text: Romans 8: 6



To be spiritually minded is life and peace.




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Responsive Reading: Ephesians 2 : 2-6


2.     Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

3.     Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh.

4.     But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

5.     Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

6.     And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.



Lesson Sermon



The Bible


1. Isaiah 1 : 19

19     If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

2. Proverbs 3 : 1-8

1     My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

2     For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

3     Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

4     So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

5     Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6     In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

7     Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

8     It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

3. Proverbs 4 : 20 (incline)-27

20     …incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21     Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

22     For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

23     Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

24     Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

25     Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

26     Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

27     Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

4. Genesis 6 : 5, 8, 9 (and Noah), 13, 14

5     And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

8     But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

9     … and Noah walked with God.

13     And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

14     Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

5. Genesis 7 : 1, 5, 7-10, 17, 18

1     And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

5     And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.

7     And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.

8     Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,

9     There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.

10     And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

17     And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.

18     And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.

6. Genesis 8 : 1, 13 (to :), 15, 16, 18-20 (to ;)

1     And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;

13     And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth:

15     And God spake unto Noah, saying,

16     Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

18     And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him:

19     Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.

20     And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD;

7. Genesis 9 : 1, 8, 9

1     And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

8     And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,

9     And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;

8. Psalm 125 : 1, 2

1     They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.

2     As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.

9. I Thessalonians 3 : 8

8     For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.

10. Romans 5 : 1-5, 17

1     Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

2     By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

3     And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

4     And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

5     And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

17     For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.

11. Romans 6 : 1, 2 (to .), 14, 16, 22, 23

1     What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

2     God forbid.

14     For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

16     Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

22     But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

23     For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1. 95 : 5-8 (to ;)

Paul said, "To be spiritually minded is life." We approach God, or Life, in proportion to our spirituality, our fidelity to Truth and Love;

2. 246 : 27-31

Life is eternal. We should find this out, and begin the demonstration thereof. Life and goodness are immortal. Let us then shape our views of existence into loveliness, freshness, and continuity, rather than into age and blight.

3. 328 : 4-13

Mortals suppose that they can live without goodness, when God is good and the only real Life. What is the result? Understanding little about the divine Principle which saves and heals, mortals get rid of sin, sickness, and death only in belief. These errors are not thus really destroyed, and must therefore cling to mortals until, here or hereafter, they gain the true understanding of God in the Science which destroys human delusions about Him and reveals the grand realities of His allness.

4. 390 : 4-9

We cannot deny that Life is self-sustained, and we should never deny the everlasting harmony of Soul, simply because, to the mortal senses, there is seeming discord. It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony.

5. 540 : 5-16

In Isaiah we read: "I make peace, and create evil. I the Lord do all these things;" but the prophet referred to divine law as stirring up the belief in evil to its utmost, when bringing it to the surface and reducing it to its common denominator, nothingness. The muddy river-bed must be stirred in order to purify the stream. In moral chemicalization, when the symptoms of evil, illusion, are aggravated, we may think in our ignorance that the Lord hath wrought an evil; but we ought to know that God's law uncovers so-called sin and its effects, only that Truth may annihilate all sense of evil and all power to sin.

6. 289 : 2-4, 8 (A)-24, 31-2

Mortal man can never rise from the temporal débris of error, belief in sin, sickness, and death, until he learns that God is the only Life.

A wicked mortal is not the idea of God. He is little else than the expression of error. To suppose that sin, lust, hatred, envy, hypocrisy, revenge, have life abiding in them, is a terrible mistake.

Life and Life's idea, Truth and Truth's idea, never make men sick, sinful, or mortal.

The fact that the Christ, or Truth, overcame and still overcomes death proves the "king of terrors" to be but a mortal belief, or error, which Truth destroys with the spiritual evidences of Life; and this shows that what appears to the senses to be death is but a mortal illusion, for to the real man and the real universe there is no death-process.

The belief that matter has life results, by the universal law of mortal mind, in a belief in death. So man, tree, and flower are supposed to die; but the fact remains, that God's universe is spiritual and immortal.

Man is not the offspring of flesh, but of Spirit, — of Life, not of matter. Because Life is God, Life must be eternal, self-existent. Life is the everlasting I AM, the Being who was and is and shall be, whom nothing can erase.

7. 223 : 25-10

Peals that should startle the slumbering thought from its erroneous dream are partially unheeded; but the last trump has not sounded, or this would not be so. Marvels, calamities, and sin will much more abound as truth urges upon mortals its resisted claims; but the awful daring of sin destroys sin, and foreshadows the triumph of truth. God will overturn, until "He come whose right it is." Longevity is increasing and the power of sin diminishing, for the world feels the alterative effect of truth through every pore.

As the crude footprints of the past disappear from the dissolving paths of the present, we shall better understand the Science which governs these changes, and shall plant our feet on firmer ground. Every sensuous pleasure or pain is self-destroyed through suffering. There should be painless progress, attended by life and peace instead of discord and death.

8. 167 : 17-19, 22-26

To have one God and avail yourself of the power of Spirit, you must love God supremely.

It is not wise to take a halting and half-way position or to expect to work equally with Spirit and matter, Truth and error. There is but one way — namely, God and His idea — which leads to spiritual being.

9. 20 : 21 (to)-23

…to obey the divine order and trust God, saves retracing and traversing anew the path from sin to holiness.

10. 183 : 21-25

Divine Mind rightly demands man's entire obedience, affection, and strength. No reservation is made for any lesser loyalty. Obedience to Truth gives man power and strength. Submission to error superinduces loss of power.

11. 410 : 4-7, 14-17

"This is life eternal," says Jesus, — is, not shall be; and then he defines everlasting life as a present knowledge of his Father and of himself, — the knowledge of Love, Truth, and Life.

Every trial of our faith in God makes us stronger. The more difficult seems the material condition to be overcome by Spirit, the stronger should be our faith and the purer our love.

12. 84 : 3-7, 14-18

The ancient prophets gained their foresight from a spiritual, incorporeal standpoint, not by foreshadowing evil and mistaking fact for fiction, — predicting the future from a groundwork of corporeality and human belief.

Acquaintance with the Science of being enables us to commune more largely with the divine Mind, to foresee and foretell events which concern the universal welfare, to be divinely inspired, — yea, to reach the range of fetterless Mind.

13. 592 : 22 (to .), 22 (knowledge)-24

NOAH. … knowledge of the nothingness of material things and of the immortality of all that is spiritual.

14. 581 : 8-13

ARK. Safety; the idea, or reflection, of Truth, proved to be as immortal as its Principle; the understanding of Spirit, destroying belief in matter.

God and man coexistent and eternal; Science showing that the spiritual realities of all things are created by Him and exist forever.


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