July 15th, 2018 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, July 15th, 2018



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Golden Text: Amos 5 : 14



Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you.




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Responsive Reading: Proverbs 16 : 17-21, 23


17.     The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

18.     Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

19.     Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

20.     He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.

21.     The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

23.     The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.



Lesson Sermon



The Bible


1. Psalm 34 : 9, 10, 12-16, 19-22

9     O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

10     The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.

12     What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?

13     Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

14     Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

15     The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

16     The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

19     Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

20     He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

21     Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

22     The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

2. Lamentations 3 : 22-26

22     It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

23     They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

24     The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

25     The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

26     It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

3. John 8 : 12-16, 29-32, 51

12     Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

13     The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.

14     Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.

15     Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.

16     And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.

29     And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

30     As he spake these words, many believed on him.

31     Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

32     And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

51     Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

4. Luke 7 : 1-10

1     Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.

2     And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.

3     And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.

4     And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:

5     For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.

6     Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:

7     Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.

8     For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

9     When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

10     And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

5. John 10 : 23-25 (to 1st ,), 27, 28 (to ;), 29

23     And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.

24     Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

25     Jesus answered them,

27     My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

28     And I give unto them eternal life;

29     My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

6. Hebrews 3 : 1, 2 (to ,), 13, 14

1     Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

2     Who was faithful to him that appointed him,

13     But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

14     For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

7. I Timothy 6 : 12

12     Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

8. Jude : 21

21     Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1. 331 : 1 (God) (to ,)

God is divine Life,

2. 246 : 4-6, 23-31

Life and its faculties are not measured by calendars. The perfect and immortal are the eternal likeness of their Maker.

Man, governed by immortal Mind, is always beautiful and grand. Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness.

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. 3 : 12-16

The Divine Being must be reflected by man, — else man is not the image and likeness of the patient, tender, and true, the One "altogether lovely;" but to understand God is the work of eternity, and demands absolute consecration of thought, energy, and desire.

4. 285 : 2-14, 23-7 (to ,)

Man's individuality is not material. This Science of being obtains not alone hereafter in what men call Paradise, but here and now; it is the great fact of being for time and eternity.

What, then, is the material personality which suffers, sins, and dies? It is not man, the image and likeness of God, but man's counterfeit, the inverted likeness, the unlikeness called sin, sickness, and death. The unreality of the claim that a mortal is the true image of God is illustrated by the opposite natures of Spirit and matter, Mind and body, for one is intelligence while the other is non-intelligence.

By interpreting God as a corporeal Saviour but not as the saving Principle, or divine Love, we shall continue to seek salvation through pardon and not through reform, and resort to matter instead of Spirit for the cure of the sick. As mortals reach, through knowledge of Christian Science, a higher sense, they will seek to learn, not from matter, but from the divine Principle, God, how to demonstrate the Christ, Truth, as the healing and saving power.

It is essential to understand, instead of believe, what relates most nearly to the happiness of being. To seek Truth through belief in a human doctrine is not to understand the infinite. We must not seek the immutable and immortal through the finite, mutable, and mortal, and so depend upon belief instead of demonstration, for this is fatal to a knowledge of Science. The understanding of Truth gives full faith in Truth,

5. 428 : 30-4

The author has healed hopeless organic disease, and raised the dying to life and health through the understanding of God as the only Life. It is a sin to believe that aught can overpower omnipotent and eternal Life, and this Life must be brought to light by the understanding that there is no death, as well as by other graces of Spirit.

6. 429 : 13-18, 31-5

Mortal mind affirms that mind is subordinate to the body, that the body is dying, that it must be buried and decomposed into dust; but mortal mind's affirmation is not true. Mortals waken from the dream of death with bodies unseen by those who think that they bury the body.

Jesus said (John viii. 51), "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." That statement is not confined to spiritual life, but includes all the phenomena of existence. Jesus demonstrated this, healing the dying and raising the dead. Mortal mind must part with error, must put off itself with its deeds, and immortal manhood, the Christ ideal, will appear.

7. 304 : 3-11 (to ;), 16-21

It is ignorance and false belief, based on a material sense of things, which hide spiritual beauty and goodness. Understanding this, Paul said: "Neither death, nor life, … nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God." This is the doctrine of Christian Science: that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or object;

Harmony is produced by its Principle, is controlled by it and abides with it. Divine Principle is the Life of man. Man's happiness is not, therefore, at the disposal of physical sense. Truth is not contaminated by error. Harmony in man is as beautiful as in music, and discord is unnatural, unreal.

8. 261 : 31-16

We should forget our bodies in remembering good and the human race. Good demands of man every hour, in which to work out the problem of being. Consecration to good does not lessen man's dependence on God, but heightens it. Neither does consecration diminish man's obligations to God, but shows the paramount necessity of meeting them. Christian Science takes naught from the perfection of God, but it ascribes to Him the entire glory. By putting "off the old man with his deeds," mortals "put on immortality."

We cannot fathom the nature and quality of God's creation by diving into the shallows of mortal belief. We must reverse our feeble flutterings -— our efforts to find life and truth in matter — and rise above the testimony of the material senses, above the mortal to the immortal idea of God. These clearer, higher views inspire the God-like man to reach the absolute centre and circumference of his being.

9. 296 : 4-13, 19-21

Progress is born of experience. It is the ripening of mortal man, through which the mortal is dropped for the immortal. Either here or hereafter, suffering or Science must destroy all illusions regarding life and mind, and regenerate material sense and self. The old man with his deeds must be put off. Nothing sensual or sinful is immortal. The death of a false material sense and of sin, not the death of organic matter, is what reveals man and Life, harmonious, real, and eternal.

Whether mortals will learn this sooner or later, and how long they will suffer the pangs of destruction, depends upon the tenacity of error.

10. 598 : 23-30

One moment of divine consciousness, or the spiritual understanding of Life and Love, is a foretaste of eternity. This exalted view, obtained and retained when the Science of being is understood, would bridge over with life discerned spiritually the interval of death, and man would be in the full consciousness of his immortality and eternal harmony, where sin, sickness, and death are unknown.


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