June 14th, 2015 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

SUNDAY JUNE 14, 2015


SUBJECT — GOD THE PRESERVER OF MAN


GOLDEN TEXT: ROMANS 8 : 28


“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”



RESPONSIVE READING: Job 5 : 8, 9, 12, 19, 21-24

8.     I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:

9.     Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvelous things without number.

12.     He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.

19.     He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.

21.     Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.

22.     At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.

23.     For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.

24.     And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace.


LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1.     Proverbs 3 : 5-7

5     Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6     In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

7     Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.


2.     Isaiah 30 : 15 (to :), 21 (to 4th ,)

15     For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength:

21     And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it.


3.     Psalm 1 : 1-4

1     Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2     But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3     And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

4     The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.


4.     Genesis 13 : 1-7 (to :), 8-13

1     And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.

2     And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

3     And he went on his journeys from the south even to Beth-el, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Beth-el and Hai;

4     Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.

5     And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.

6     And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.

7     And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle:

8     And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.

9     Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.

10     And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.

11     Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.

12     Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.

13     But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.


5.     Genesis 18 : 13 (to 1st ,), 20 (Because)-24, 26, 32

13     And the LORD said unto Abraham,

20     …Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;

21     I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.

22     And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.

23     And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?

24     Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?

26     And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

32     And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.


6.     Genesis 19 : 27-30 (to 2nd ,)

27     And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:

28     And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

29     And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

30     And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain.


7.     Psalm 26 : 1-3, 5-8, 11 (as), 12

1     Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.

2     Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

3     For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.

5     I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

6     I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:

7     That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.

8     LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.

11     …as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.

12     My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD.


8.     Jeremiah 29 : 10 (to 1st ,), 11 (I know)-14 (to :)

10     For thus saith the LORD,

11     …I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

12     Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

13     And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

14     And I will be found of you, saith the LORD.


Science and Health


1.     394 : 28-29

We should remember that Life is God, and that God is omnipotent.


2.     387 : 27-32

The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent Mind, who gives man faith and understanding whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but from bodily suffering.


3.     xi : 14-16 (to 2nd ,)

Now, as then, these mighty works are not supernatural, but supremely natural. They are the sign of Immanuel, or "God with us,"


4.     333 : 19-26

Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea, — the reflection of God, — has come with some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets caught glorious glimpses of the Messiah, or Christ, which baptized these seers in the divine nature, the essence of Love.


5.     579 : 10-14

ABRAHAM. Fidelity; faith in the divine Life and in the eternal Principle of being.

This patriarch illustrated the purpose of Love to create trust in good, and showed the life- preserving power of spiritual understanding.


6.     232 : 3-8, 26-2

Many theories relative to God and man neither make man harmonious nor God lovable. The beliefs we commonly entertain about happiness and life afford no scatheless and permanent evidence of either. Security for the claims of harmonious and eternal being is found only in divine Science.

In the sacred sanctuary of Truth are voices of solemn import, but we heed them not. It is only when the so-called pleasures and pains of sense pass away in our lives, that we find unquestion- able signs of the burial of error and the resurrection to spiritual life.

There is neither place nor opportunity in Science for error of any sort. Every day makes its demands upon us for higher proofs rather than professions of Christian power.


7.     183 : 21-25

Divine Mind rightly demands man's entire obedience, affection, and strength. No reservation is made for any lesser loyalty. Obedience to Truth gives man power and strength. Submission to error superinduces loss of power.


8.     548 : 12-13

Earth has little light or joy for mortals before Life is spiritually learned.


9.     196 : 6-10, 15-19

Better the suffering which awakens mortal mind from its fleshly dream, than the false pleasures which tend to perpetuate this dream. Sin alone brings death, for sin is the only element of destruction.

Sickness, sin, and death are not concomitants of Life or Truth. No law supports them. They have no relation to God wherewith to establish their power. Sin makes its own hell, and goodness its own heaven.


10.     272 : 19-25

It is the spiritualization of thought and Christianization of daily life, in contrast with the results of the ghastly farce of material existence; it is chastity and purity, in contrast with the downward tendencies and earthward gravitation of sensualism and impurity, which really attest the divine origin and operation of Christian Science.


11.     299 : 24-26

Truth never destroys God's idea. Truth is spiritual, eternal substance, which cannot destroy the right reflection.


12.     143 : 1 (Truth)-2

…Truth destroys only what is untrue.


13.     95 : 22-23, 28-3

Midnight foretells the dawn.

Lulled by stupefying illusions, the world is asleep in the cradle of infancy, dreaming away the hours. Material sense does not unfold the facts of existence; but spiritual sense lifts human consciousness into eternal Truth. Humanity advances slowly out of sinning sense into spiritual understanding; unwillingness to learn all things rightly, binds Christendom with chains.


14.     96 : 12-4

This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be discord and dismay; on the other side there will be Science and peace. The breaking up of material beliefs may seem to be famine and pestilence, want and woe, sin, sickness, and death, which assume new phases until their nothingness appears. These disturbances will continue until the end of error, when all discord will be swallowed up in spiritual Truth.

Mortal error will vanish in a moral chemicalization. This mental fermentation has begun, and will continue until all errors of belief yield to understanding. Belief is changeable, but spiritual understanding is changeless.

As this consummation draws nearer, he who has shaped his course in accordance with divine Science will endure to the end. As material knowledge diminishes and spiritual understanding increases, real objects will be apprehended mentally instead of materially.

During this final conflict, wicked minds will endeavour to find means by which to accomplish more evil; but those who discern Christian Science will hold crime in check. They will aid in the ejection of error. They will maintain law and order, and cheerfully await the certainty of ultimate perfection.

15.     97 : 13-20

The nearer a false belief approaches truth without passing the boundary where, having been destroyed by divine Love, it ceases to be even an illusion, the riper it becomes for destruction. The more material the belief, the more obvious its error, until divine Spirit, supreme in its do- main, dominates all matter, and man is found in the likeness of Spirit, his original being.


16.     470 : 32-5

The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.



Love is the liberator.