March 11th, 2018 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

Subject — Substance

Golden Text: Proverbs 8 : 21

I cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

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Responsive Reading: Proverbs 8 : 22, 23, 25, 27-30

22.     The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

23.     I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

25.     Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:

27.     When he prepared the heavens, I was there:

28.     When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:

29.     When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:

30.     Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him.

Lesson Sermon

The Bible

1. John 1 : 1-4

1     In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2     The same was in the beginning with God.

3     All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

4     In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

2. Acts 17 : 28

28     For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

3. Ezekiel 18 : 20 (The son) (to :)

20     The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:

4. I Timothy 1 : 4 (to :)

4     Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith:

5. Jeremiah 30 : 3 (to 5th ,), 3 (and I will cause)

3     For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, …and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.

6. Jeremiah 31 : 1 (to 1st ,), 1 (will), 28 (to 1st ,), 28 (so), 29

1     At the same time, …will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.

28     And it shall come to pass, …so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the Lord.

29     In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.

7. John 9 : 1-3, 6, 7, 13-16 (to ?), 24-30, 33-38

1     And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

2     And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

3     Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

6     When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

7     And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

13     They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.

14     And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

15     Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.

16     Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles?

24     Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.

25     He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

26     Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?

27     He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear

it again? will ye also be his disciples?

28     Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples.

29     We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.

30     The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.

33     If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.

34     They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

35     Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?

36     He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?

37     And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.

38     And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

8. Psalm 139 : 14, 15

14     I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and

that my soul knoweth right well.

15     My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

9. Romans 8 : 12-17 (to 2nd ;)

12     Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

13     For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

14     For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15     For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16     The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17     And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

1. 301 : 17-20

As God is substance and man is the divine image and likeness, man should wish for, and in reality has, only the substance of good, the substance of Spirit, not matter.

2. 63 : 5-11

In Science man is the offspring of Spirit. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry. His origin is not, like that of mortals, in brute instinct, nor does he pass through material conditions prior to reaching intelligence. Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law of his being.

3. 178 : 8-12

Heredity is not a law. The remote cause or belief of disease is not dangerous because of its priority and the connection of past mortal thoughts with present. The predisposing cause and the exciting cause are mental.

4. 228 : 3-10

The transmission of disease or of certain idiosyncrasies of mortal mind would be impossible if this great fact of being were learned, — namely, that nothing inharmonious can enter being, for Life is God. Heredity is a prolific subject for mortal belief to pin theories upon; but if we learn that nothing is real but the right, we shall have no dangerous inheritances, and fleshly ills will disappear.

5. 178 : 13-27

Perhaps an adult has a deformity produced prior to his birth by the fright of his mother. When wrested from human belief and based on Science or the divine Mind, to which all things are possible, that chronic case is not difficult to cure.

Mortal mind, acting from the basis of sensation in matter, is animal magnetism; but this so- called mind, from which comes all evil, contradicts itself, and must finally yield to the eternal Truth, or the divine Mind, expressed in Science. In proportion to our understanding of Christian Science, we are freed from the belief of heredity, of mind in matter or animal magnetism; and we disarm sin of its imaginary power in proportion to our spiritual understanding of the status of immortal being.

6. 301 : 20-29

The belief that man has any other substance, or mind, is not spiritual and breaks the First Commandment, Thou shalt have one God, one Mind. Mortal man seems to himself to be material substance, while man is "image" (idea). Delusion, sin, disease, and death arise from the false testimony of material sense, which, from a supposed standpoint outside the focal distance of infinite Spirit, presents an inverted image of Mind and substance with everything turned upside down.

7. 211 : 19-23

It should no longer be said in Israel that "the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge." Sympathy with error should disappear. The transfer of the thoughts of one erring mind to another, Science renders impossible.

8. 267 : 1-5 (to 1st .)

Every object in material thought will be destroyed, but the spiritual idea, whose substance is in Mind, is eternal. The offspring of God start not from matter or ephemeral dust. They are in and of Spirit, divine Mind, and so forever continue.

9. 312 : 1-7

How true it is that whatever is learned through material sense must be lost because such so- called knowledge is reversed by the spiritual facts of being in Science. That which material sense calls intangible, is found to be substance. What to material sense seems substance, becomes nothingness, as the sense-dream vanishes and reality appears.

10. 369 : 5-13

In proportion as matter loses to human sense all entity as man, in that proportion does man become its master. He enters into a diviner sense of the facts, and comprehends the theology of Jesus as demonstrated in healing the sick, raising the dead, and walking over the wave. All these deeds manifested Jesus' control over the belief that matter is substance, that it can be the arbiter of life or the constructor of any form of existence.

11. 412 : 31-2

The Scientist knows that there can be no hereditary disease, since matter is not intelligent and cannot transmit good or evil intelligence to man, and God, the only Mind, does not produce pain in matter.

12. 278 : 1 (Science)-5

Science reveals nothing in Spirit out of which to create matter. Divine metaphysics explains away matter. Spirit is the only substance and consciousness recognized by divine Science.

13. 392 : 24 (Stand)-3

Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously. When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears. Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them. The issues of pain or pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forgetting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance.

14. 425 : 24-26, 29-4

Correct material belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form you anew.

If you have sound and capacious lungs and want them to remain so, be always ready with the mental protest against the opposite belief in heredity. Discard all notions about lungs, tubercles, inherited consumption, or disease arising from any circumstance, and you will find that mortal mind, when instructed by Truth, yields to divine power, which steers the body into health.

15. 516 : 4-8

The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.

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