June 7th, 2015 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

SUNDAY JUNE 7, 2015


SUBJECT — GOD THE ONLY CAUSE AND CREATOR


GOLDEN TEXT: PSALM 95 : 6


“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”



RESPONSIVE READING: Psalm 100 : 1-5

1.     Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

2.     Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

3.     Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4.     Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

5.     For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.


LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1.     Psalm 105 : 1-3

1     O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.

2     Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.

3     Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.


2.     Isaiah 45 : 8

8     Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.


3.     Isaiah 43 : 1-3 (to :)

1     But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

2     When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

3     For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour.


4.     Job 1 : 1

1     There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.


5.     Job 2 : 3-5, 7, 8

3     And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

4     And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.

5     But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.

7     So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

8     And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.


6.     Job 3 : 1-3 (to 1st ,)

1     After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.

2     And Job spake, and said,

3     Let the day perish wherein I was born.


7.     Job 27 : 1-3, 6

1     Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,

2     As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;

3     All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;

6     My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.


8.     Job 32 : 2 (to Elihu), (against) (to Job), (because)

2     Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu… against Job… because he justified himself rather than God.


9.     Job 33 : 1 (to 4th ,), 8 (I)-10, 12, 14-17

1     Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches,

8     …I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,

9     I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.

10     Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy.

12     Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

14     For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.

15     In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;

16     Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,

17     That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.


10.     Job 35 : 2

2     Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God’s?


11.     Job 38 : 1, 4-7

1     Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

4     Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

5     Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

6     Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

7     When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?


12.     Job 42 : 1-3, 5, 6, 10, 12 (to :)

1     Then Job answered the LORD, and said,

2     I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

3     Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

5     I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

6     Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

10     And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

12     So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning.


13.     Deuteronomy 4 : 39, 40

39     Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.

40     Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.


14.     Philippians 2 : 12 (work), 13

12     …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.


15.     Ephesians 4 : 21-24

21     If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

22     That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

23     And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

24     And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.


Science and Health


1.     502 : 27-5

The creative Principle — Life, Truth, and Love — is God. The universe reflects God. There is but one creator and one creation. This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected. These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God.


2.     286 : 16-26

In the Saxon and twenty other tongues good is the term for God. The Scriptures declare all that He made to be good, like Himself, — good in Principle and in idea. Therefore the spiritual universe is good, and reflects God as He is.

God's thoughts are perfect and eternal, are substance and Life. Material and temporal thoughts are human, involving error, and since God, Spirit, is the only cause, they lack a divine cause. The temporal and material are not then creations of Spirit. They are but counterfeits of the spiritual and eternal.


3.     262 : 27-32

The foundation of mortal discord is a false sense of man's origin. To begin rightly is to end rightly. Every concept which seems to begin with the brain begins falsely. Divine Mind is the only cause or Principle of existence. Cause does not exist in matter, in mortal mind, or in physical forms.


4.     98 : 31-17

The way through which immortality and life are learned is not ecclesiastical but Christian, not human but divine, not physical but metaphysical, not material but scientifically spiritual. Human philosophy, ethics, and superstition afford no demonstrable divine Principle by which mortals can escape from sin; yet to escape from sin, is what the Bible demands. "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling," says the apostle, and he straightway adds: "for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians ii. 12, 13). Truth has furnished the key to the kingdom, and with this key Christian Science has opened the door of the human understanding. None may pick the lock nor enter by some other door. The ordinary teachings are material and not spiritual. Christian Science teaches only that which is spiritual and divine, and not human. Christian Science is unerring and Divine; the human sense of things errs because it is human.


5.     491 : 7-16

Material man is made up of involuntary and voluntary error, of a negative right and a positive wrong, the latter calling itself right. Man's spiritual individuality is never wrong. It is the likeness of man's Maker. Matter cannot connect mortals with the true origin and facts of being, in which all must end. It is only by acknowledging the supremacy of Spirit, which annuls the claims of matter, that mortals can lay off mortality and find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes man forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from his creator.


6.     262 : 17-26

Job said: "I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee." Mortals will echo Job's thought, when the supposed pain and pleasure of matter cease to predominate.

They will then drop the false estimate of life and happiness, of joy and sorrow, and attain the bliss of loving unselfishly, working patiently, and conquering all that is unlike God. Starting from a higher standpoint, one rises spontaneously, even as light emits light without effort; for "where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."


7.     22 : 11-22

"Work out your own salvation," is the demand of Life and Love, for to this end God worketh with you. "Occupy till I come!" Wait for your reward, and "be not weary in well doing." If your endeavors are beset by fearful odds, and you receive no present reward, go not back to error, nor become a sluggard in the race.

When the smoke of battle clears away, you will discern the good you have done, and receive according to your deserving. Love is not hasty to deliver us from temptation, for Love means that we shall be tried and purified.


8.     23 : 21-31

In Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and English, faith and the words corresponding thereto have these two definitions, trustfulness and trustworthiness. One kind of faith trusts one's welfare to others.

Another kind of faith understands divine Love and how to work out one's "own salvation, with fear and trembling." "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief!" expresses the helplessness of a blind faith; whereas the injunction, "Believe . . . and thou shalt be saved!" demands self-reliant trustworthiness, which includes spiritual understanding and confides all to God.


9.     470 : 21-5

God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection, man, remains perfect. Man is the expression of God's being. If there ever was a moment when man did not express the divine perfection, then there was a moment when man did not express God, and consequently a time when Deity was unexpressed — that is, without entity. If man has lost perfection, then he has lost his perfect Principle, the divine Mind. If man ever existed without this perfect Principle or Mind, then man's existence was a myth.

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.