September 23rd, 2018 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018



SubjectChristian Science

Golden Text: I Peter 4 : 10



As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God..




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Responsive Reading: I John 4 : 7-9, 11, 20, 21


7.     Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

8.     He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

9.     In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

11.     Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

20.     If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

21.     And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.



Lesson Sermon



The Bible


1. Colossians 3 : 1, 12, 14

1     If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

12     Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

14     And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

2. Luke 6 : 9 (to Jesus), 31 (as), 32, 37, 47, 48

9     Then said Jesus…

31     …as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

32     For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.

37     Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

47     Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:

48     He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

3. Luke 10 : 25-37

25     And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

26     He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

27     And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

28     And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

29     But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

30     And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

31     And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

32     And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

33     But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

34     And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

35     And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

36     Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

37     And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

4. John 13 : 1, 4-8, 12-15, 34

1     Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

4     He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

5     After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

6     Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?

7     Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

8     Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

12     So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

13     Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

14     If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

15     For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

34     A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

5. I Corinthians 13 : 1-4, 7, 8 (to :), 13

1     Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

2     And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

3     And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

4     Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

7     Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8     Charity never faileth:

13     And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1. 113 : 5-6

The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love.

2. 35 : 19 (Our church)-25

Our church is built on the divine Principle, Love. We can unite with this church only as we are newborn of Spirit, as we reach the Life which is Truth and the Truth which is Life by bringing forth the fruits of Love, — casting out error and healing the sick.

3. 495 : 25-31

Question. — How can I progress most rapidly in the understanding of Christian Science? Answer. - Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit. Adhere to the divine Principle of Christian Science and follow the behests of God, abiding steadfastly in wisdom, Truth, and Love.

4. 496 : 5-8, 9 (Ask)-19

You will learn that in Christian Science the first duty is to obey God, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself.

Ask yourself: Am I living the life that approaches the supreme good? Am I demonstrating the healing power of Truth and Love? If so then the way will grow brighter "unto the perfect day." Your fruits will prove what the understanding of God brings to man. Hold perpetually this thought, — that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, over-lying, and encompassing all true being.

5. 467 : 9-10

It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love.

6. 19 : 6-11

Jesus aided in reconciling man to God by giving man a truer sense of Love, the divine Principle of Jesus' teachings, and this truer sense of Love redeems man from the law of matter, sin, and death by the law of Spirit, — the law of divine Love.

7. 462 : 1-8

Some individuals assimilate truth more readily than others, but any student, who adheres to the divine rules of Christian Science and imbibes the spirit of Christ, can demonstrate Christian Science, cast out error, heal the sick, and add continually to his store of spiritual understanding, potency, enlightenment, and success.

8. 460 : 18-23

If Christian healing is abused by mere smatterers in Science, it becomes a tedious mischief- maker. Instead of scientifically effecting a cure, it starts a petty crossfire over every cripple and invalid, buffeting them with the superficial and cold assertion, "Nothing ails you."

9. 365 : 31-2

The poor suffering heart needs its rightful nutriment, such as peace, patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear Father's loving-kindness.

10. 454 : 17-22

Love for God and man is the true incentive in both healing and teaching. Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action. Love is priestess at the altar of Truth.

11. 366 : 12-21, 30-9

The physician who lacks sympathy for his fellow-being is deficient in human affection, and we have the apostolic warrant for asking: "He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" Not having this spiritual affection, the physician lacks faith in the divine Mind and has not that recognition of infinite Love which alone confers the healing power. Such so-called Scientists will strain out gnats, while they swallow the camels of bigoted pedantry.

If we would open their prison doors for the sick, we must first learn to bind up the broken- hearted. If we would heal by the Spirit, we must not hide the talent of spiritual healing under the napkin of its form, nor bury the morale of Christian Science in the grave-clothes of its letter.

The tender word and Christian encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience with his fears and the removal of them, are better than hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed speeches, and the doling of arguments, which are but so many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame with divine Love.

12. 451 : 2-7

Christian Scientists must live under the constant pressure of the apostolic command to come out from the material world and be separate. They must renounce aggression, oppression and the pride of power. Christianity, with the crown of Love upon her brow, must be their queen of life.

13. 365 : 15-24

If the Scientist reaches his patient through divine Love, the healing work will be accomplished at one visit, and the disease will vanish into its native nothingness like dew before the morning sunshine. If the Scientist has enough Christly affection to win his own pardon, and such commendation as the Magdalen gained from Jesus, then he is Christian enough to practise scientifically and deal with his patients compassionately; and the result will correspond with the spiritual intent.

14. 192 : 29-31

Christianity is the basis of true healing. Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power.

15. 572 : 12-17

Love fulfils the law of Christian Science, and nothing short of this divine Principle, understood and demonstrated, can ever furnish the vision of the Apocalypse, open the seven seals of error with Truth, or uncover the myriad illusions of sin, sickness, and death.


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