August 23rd, 2015 | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

SUNDAY AUGUST 23, 2015


SUBJECT — MIND


GOLDEN TEXT: II TIMOTHY 1 : 7


“God hath given us the spirit of a sound mind.”



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RESPONSIVE READING: Isaiah 55 : 6-12

6.     Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

7.     Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

8.     For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

9.     For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10.     For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

11.     So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

12.     For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.


LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1.     Philippians 2 : 5, 12, 13

5     Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.

12     Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

13     For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.


2.     Mark 1 : 9 (to 2nd ,)

9     And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee,


3.     Mark 4 : 1

4     And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.


4.     Mark 5 : 1-20

1     And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.

2     And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

3     Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:

4     Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

5     And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

6     But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,

7     And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

8     For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.

9     And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

10     And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.

11     Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.

12     And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

13     And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

14     And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.

15     And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

16     And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.

17     And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.

18     And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.

19     Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.

20     And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.


5.     Mark 3 : 22-27

22     And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.

23     And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?

24     And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

25     And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

26     And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.

27     No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.


6.     John 12 : 20, 35-37, 39, 40, 44, 46, 49 (to 1st ,)

20     And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:

35     Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

36     While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

37     But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:

39     Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,

40     He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

44     Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.

46     I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

49     For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me.


7.     I Corinthians 2 : 9 (as)-12, 16

9     …as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

10     But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

11     For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

12     Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

16     For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.


Science and Health


1.     275 : 6-9

The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind, — that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle.


2.     591 : 5 (to .), 6 (the)-7

MAN. …the full representation of Mind.


3.     475 : 6 (Man)-15 (to ;)

Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements. The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit. Man is spiritual and perfect; and be- cause he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science. Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique. He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas.


4.     295 : 5-11

God creates and governs the universe, including man. The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which He evolves, and they are obedient to the Mind that makes them. Mortal mind would trans- form the spiritual into the material, and then recover man's original self in order to escape from the mortality of this error.


5.     255 : 12-14

In league with material sense, mortals take limited views of all things.


6.     79 : 17-20

Jesus cast out evil spirits, or false beliefs. The Apostle Paul bade men have the Mind that was in the Christ. Jesus did his own work by the one Spirit. He said: "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work."


7.     38 : 26-32

To those buried in the belief of sin and self, living only for pleasure or the gratification of the senses, he said in substance: Having eyes ye see not, and having ears ye hear not; lest ye should understand and be converted, and I might heal you. He taught that the material senses shut out Truth and its healing power.


8.     409 : 1 only

Intelligent matter is an impossibility.


9.     191 : 1-7

The brain can give no idea of God's man. It can take no cognizance of Mind. Matter is not the organ of infinite Mind.

As mortals give up the delusion that there is more than one Mind, more than one God, man in God's likeness will appear, and this eternal man will include in that likeness no material element.


10.     411 : 13-19

It is recorded that once Jesus asked the name of a disease, — a disease which moderns would call dementia. The demon, or evil, replied that his name was Legion. Thereupon Jesus cast out the evil, and the insane man was changed and straightway became whole. The Scripture seems to import that Jesus caused the evil to be self-seen and so destroyed.


11.     414 : 4-14

The treatment of insanity is especially interesting. However obstinate the case, it yields more readily than do most diseases to the salutary action of truth, which counteracts error. The arguments to be used in curing insanity are the same as in other diseases: namely, the impossibility that matter, brain, can control or derange mind, can suffer or cause suffering; also the fact that truth and love will establish a healthy state, guide and govern mortal mind or the thought of the patient, and destroy all error, whether it is called dementia, hatred, or any other discord.


12.     407 : 21-24

If delusion says, "I have lost my memory," contradict it. No faculty of Mind is lost. In Science, all being is eternal, spiritual, perfect, harmonious in every action.


13.     399 : 3-8 next page

You say that certain material combinations produce disease; but if the material body causes disease, can matter cure what matter has caused? Mortal mind prescribes the drug, and administers it. Mortal mind plans the exercise, and puts the body through certain motions. No gastric gas accumulates, not a secretion nor combination can operate, apart from the action of mortal thought, alias mortal mind.

So-called mortal mind sends its despatches over its body, but this so-called mind is both the service and message of this telegraphy. Nerves are unable to talk, and matter can return no an- swer to immortal Mind. If Mind is the only actor, how can mechanism be automatic? Mortal mind perpetuates its own thought. It constructs a machine, manages it, and then calls it material. A mill at work or the action of a water-wheel is but a derivative from, and continuation of, the primitive mortal mind. Without this force the body is devoid of action, and this deadness shows that so-called mortal life is mortal mind, not matter.

Scientifically speaking, there is no mortal mind out of which to make material beliefs, springing from illusion. This misnamed mind is not an entity. It is only a false sense of matter, since matter is not sensible. The one Mind, God, contains no mortal opinions. All that is real is included in this immortal Mind.

Our Master asked: "How can one enter into a strong man's house and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man?" In other words: How can I heal the body, without beginning with so-called mortal mind, which directly controls the body? When disease is once destroyed in this so- called mind, the fear of disease is gone, and therefore the disease is thoroughly cured. Mortal mind is "the strong man," which must be held in subjection before its influence upon health and morals can be removed. This error conquered, we can despoil "the strong man" of his goods, — namely, of sin and disease.


14.     120 : 17-24

The Science of Mind-healing shows it to be impossible for aught but Mind to testify truly or to exhibit the real status of man. Therefore the divine Principle of Science, reversing the testimony of the physical senses, reveals man as harmoniously existent in Truth, which is the only basis of health; and thus Science denies all disease, heals the sick, overthrows false evidence, and refutes materialistic logic.


15.     531 : 10-14

The human mind will sometime rise above all material and physical sense, exchanging it for spiritual perception, and exchanging human concepts for the divine consciousness. Then man will recognize his God-given dominion and being.



Love is the liberator.