June 28th, 2015 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

SUNDAY JUNE 28, 2015


SUBJECT — CHRISTIAN SCIENCE


GOLDEN TEXT: JOHN 14 : 16


“I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” — Christ Jesus



RESPONSIVE READING: Revelation 10 : 1, 2, 8-10

1.     And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

2.     And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth.

8.     And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.

9.     And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up.

10.     And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.


LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1.     Jeremiah 17 : 14

14     Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.


2.     Psalm 51 : 1-3, 7, 8 (to ;), 10, 12

1     Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

2     Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

3     For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

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;

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

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


3.     Matthew 8 : 18 (when)

18     … when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.


4.     Matthew 9 : 1-7, 18-25, 27-33, 35-38

1     And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.

2     And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

3     And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.

4     And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

5     For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?

6     But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

7     And he arose, and departed to his house.

18     While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.

19     And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.

20     And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:

21     For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

22     But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

23     And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,

24     He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.

25     But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.

27     And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.

28     And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.

29     Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

30     And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.

31     But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.

32     As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.

33     And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.

35     And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

36     But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

37     Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;

38     Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.


5.     Matthew 10 : 1, 5 (to 3rd ,), 7 (as), 8

1     And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

5     These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying,

7     …as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

8     Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.


6.     John 14 : 12, 18, 25-27 (to 1st ,)

12     Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

18     I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

25     These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.

26     But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

27     Peace I leave with you.


Science and Health


1.     107 : 1-3

In the year 1866, I discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science.


2.     128 : 4-19

The term Science, properly understood, refers only to the laws of God and to His government of the universe, inclusive of man. From this it follows that business men and cultured scholars have found that Christian Science enhances their endurance and mental powers, enlarges their perception of character, gives them acuteness and comprehensiveness and an ability to exceed their ordinary capacity. The human mind, imbued with this spiritual understanding, becomes more elastic, is capable of greater endurance, escapes somewhat from itself, and requires less repose. A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity.


3.     123 : 16-29

The term CHRISTIAN SCIENCE was introduced by the author to designate the scientific system of divine healing.

The revelation consists of two parts:

The discovery of this divine Science of Mind-healing, through a spiritual sense of the Scriptures and through the teachings of the Comforter, as promised by the Master.

The proof, by present demonstration, that the so-called miracles of Jesus did not specially belong to a dispensation now ended, but that they illustrated an ever-operative divine Principle. The operation of this Principle indicates the eternality of the scientific order and continuity of being.


4.     110 : 13-17, 25-29

In following these leadings of scientific revelation, the Bible was my only textbook. The Scriptures were illumined; reason and revelation were reconciled, and afterwards the truth of Christian Science was demonstrated.

Jesus demonstrated the power of Christian Science to heal mortal minds and bodies. But this power was lost sight of, and must again be spiritually discerned, taught, and demonstrated according to Christ's command, with "signs following."


5.     111 : 6-11

Christian Science is natural, but not physical. The Science of God and man is no more supernatural than is the science of numbers, though departing from the realm of the physical, as the Science of God, Spirit, must, some may deny its right to the name of Science.


6.     546 : 31-8

If mathematics should present a thousand different examples of one rule, the proving of one example would authenticate all the others. A simple statement of Christian Science, if demonstrated by healing, contains the proof of all here said of Christian Science. If one of the statements in this book is true, every one must be true, for not one departs from the stated system and rule. You can prove for yourself, dear reader, the Science of healing, and so ascertain if the author has given you the correct interpretation of Scripture.


7.     3 : 4-11

Who would stand before a blackboard, and pray the principle of mathematics to solve the problem? The rule is already established, and it is our task to work out the solution. Shall we ask the divine Principle of all goodness to do His own work? His work is done, and we have only to avail ourselves of God's rule in order to receive His blessing, which enables us to work out our own salvation.


8.     126 : 22-31

I have set forth Christian Science and its application to the treatment of disease just as I have discovered them. I have demonstrated through Mind the effects of Truth on the health, longevity, and morals of men; and I have found nothing in ancient or in modern systems on which to found my own, except the teachings and demonstrations of our great Master and the lives of prophets and apostles. The Bible has been my only authority. I have had no other guide in "the straight and narrow way" of Truth.


9.     162 : 4-11

Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies. Christian Science acts as an alterative, neutralizing error with Truth. It changes the secretions, expels humors, dissolves tumors, relaxes rigid muscles, restores carious bones to soundness. The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind.


10.     342 : 21-26

Christian Science awakens the sinner, reclaims the infidel, and raises from the couch of pain the helpless invalid. It speaks to the dumb the words of Truth, and they answer with rejoicing. It causes the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, and the blind to see.


11.     407 : 6-16

Man's enslavement to the most relentless masters — passion, selfishness, envy, hatred, and revenge — is conquered only by a mighty struggle. Every hour of delay makes the struggle more severe. If man is not victorious over the passions, they crush out happiness, health, and manhood. Here Christian Science is the sovereign panacea, giving strength to the weakness of mortal mind, — strength from the immortal and omnipotent Mind, — and lifting humanity above itself into purer desires, even into spiritual power and good-will to man.


12.     412 : 13-15

The power of Christian Science and divine Love is omnipotent. It is indeed adequate to unclasp the hold and to destroy disease, sin, and death.


13.     329 : 1-4

As time moves on, the healing elements of pure Christianity will be fairly dealt with; they will be sought and taught, and will glow in all the grandeur of universal goodness.


14.     572 : 12 (to ,)

Love fulfils the law of Christian Science.



Love is the liberator.