August 16th, 2015 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

SUNDAY AUGUST 16, 2015


SUBJECT — SOUL


GOLDEN TEXT: MARK 8 : 36


“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”



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RESPONSIVE READING: Psalm 51 : 7-13

7.     Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8.     Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

9.     Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

10.     Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11.     Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12.     Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

13.     Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.


LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1.     Psalm 69 : 16-18

16     Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.

17     And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.

18     Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.


2.     Psalm 43 : 5

5     Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.


3.     Acts 6 : 7-9 (to 1st ,), 11, 12, 15

7     And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.

8     And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

9     Then there arose certain of the synagogue,

11     Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.

12     And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council,

15     And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.


4.     Acts 7 : 2 (to 1st ,), 51, 52 (to ?), 54, 57, 58

2     And he said,

51     Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

52     Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted?

54     When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.

57     Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,

58     And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.


5.     Acts 8 : 1 (to 1st .), 2, 3

1     And Saul was consenting unto his death.

2     And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.

3     As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.


6.     Acts 9 : 1-6 (to 5th ,), 8 (they), 9 (to ,), 10 (to 1st .), 11 (Arise) only, 11 (and inquire) (to :), 15 (Go), 17, 18, 20

1     And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

2     And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

3     And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

4     And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

5     And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

6     And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city,

8     …they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.

9     And he was three days without sight,

10     And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias.

11     Arise, …and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus:

15     …Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

17     And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

18     And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

20     And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.


7.     Galatians 1 : 11 (I), 12, 15 (it), 16 (to ;)

11     …I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

12     For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

15     …it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,

16     To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen;


8.     I Corinthians 13 : 11, 12

11     When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12     For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.


9.     I John 3 : 1-3

1     Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

2     Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

3     And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.


Science and Health


1.     71 : 7-9

Soul is synonymous with Spirit, God, the creative, governing, infinite Principle outside of finite form, which forms only reflect.


2.     505 : 16-17, 20-28

Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth. …Spiritual sense is the discernment of spiritual good. Understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and unreal. Spiritual understanding unfolds Mind, — Life, Truth, and Love, — and demonstrates the divine sense, giving the spiritual proof of the universe in Christian Science.

This understanding is not intellectual, is not the result of scholarly attainments; it is the reality of all things brought to light.


3.     85 : 2-9

It is the illumination of the spiritual understanding which demonstrates the capacity of Soul, not of material sense. This Soul-sense comes to the human mind when the latter yields to the divine Mind.

Such intuitions reveal whatever constitutes and perpetuates harmony, enabling one to do good, but not evil.


4.     334 : 10 (The invisible)-20

The invisible Christ was imperceptible to the so-called personal senses, whereas Jesus appeared as a bodily existence. This dual personality of the unseen and the seen, the spiritual and mate- rial, the eternal Christ and the corporeal Jesus manifest in flesh, continued until the Master's ascension, when the human, material concept, or Jesus, disappeared, while the spiritual self, or Christ, continues to exist in the eternal order of divine Science, taking away the sins of the world, as the Christ has always done, even before the human Jesus was incarnate to mortal eyes.


5.     144 : 8-14, 18-20, 23-26

The various mortal beliefs formulated in human philosophy, physiology, hygiene, are mainly predicated of matter, and afford faint gleams of God, or Truth. The more material a belief, the more obstinately tenacious its error; the stronger are the manifestations of the corporeal senses, the weaker the indications of Soul.

Human will-power is not Science. ... Human will-power may infringe the rights of man. It produces evil continually, and is not a factor in the realism of being.

Because divine Science wars with so-called physical science, even as Truth wars with error, the old schools still oppose it. Ignorance, pride, or prejudice closes the door to whatever is not stereotyped.


6.     289 : 8-13

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.


7.     167 : 3-10

If we rise no higher than blind faith, the Science of healing is not attained, and Soul-existence, in the place of sense-existence, is not comprehended. We apprehend Life in divine Science only as we live above corporeal sense and correct it. Our proportionate admission of the claims of good or of evil determines the harmony of our existence, — our health, our longevity, and our Christianity.


8.     91 : 16-21

Absorbed in material selfhood we discern and reflect but faintly the substance of Life or Mind. The denial of material selfhood aids the discernment of man's spiritual and eternal individuality, and destroys the erroneous knowledge gained from matter or through what are termed the material senses.


9.     345 : 26-30

The apostle says: "For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself." This thought of human, material nothingness, which Science inculcates, enrages the carnal mind and is the main cause of the carnal mind's antagonism.


10.     263 : 1-10

Mortals are egotists. They believe themselves to be independent workers, personal authors, and even privileged originators of something which Deity would not or could not create. The creations of mortal mind are material. Immortal spiritual man alone represents the truth of creation.

When mortal man blends his thoughts of existence with the spiritual and works only as God works, he will no longer grope in the dark and cling to earth because he has not tasted heaven.


11.     316 : 3-7

The real man being linked by Science to his Maker, mortals need only turn from sin and lose sight of mortal selfhood to find Christ, the real man and his relation to God, and to recognize the divine sonship.


12.     131 : 6-11

When once destroyed by divine Science, the false evidence before the corporeal senses disappears. Hence the opposition of sensuous man to the Science of Soul and the significance of the Scripture, "The carnal mind is enmity against God." The central fact of the Bible is the superiority of spiritual over physical power.


13.     72 : 9 (As)-12

As light destroys darkness and in the place of darkness all is light, so (in absolute Science) Soul, or God, is the only truth-giver to man.


14.     288 : 27-28, 31-1

Science reveals the glorious possibilities of immortal man, forever unlimited by the mortal senses.

The eternal Truth destroys what mortals seem to have learned from error, and man's real existence as a child of God comes to light.


15.     68 : 6-8

We ought to weary of the fleeting and false and to cherish nothing which hinders our highest selfhood.


16.     273 : 18 only

Man is harmonious when governed by Soul.



Love is the liberator.