March 15th, 2015 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

SUNDAY MARCH 15, 2015


SUBJECT — SUBSTANCE


GOLDEN TEXT: PROVERBS 12 : 27


“The substance of a diligent man is precious.”



RESPONSIVE READING: I Peter 1 : 3-5, 10, 22, 23

3.     Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4.     To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

5.     Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

10.     Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you.

22.     Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

23.     Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.


LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1.     Hebrews 11 : 1, 2, 6

1     Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2     For by it the elders obtained a good report.

6     But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.


2.     Proverbs 8 : 1, 4, 8-11, 17-21 (to ;), 34

1     Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?

4     Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.

8     All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.

9     They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

10     Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

11     For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

17     I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

18     Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.

19     My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.

20     I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:

21     That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance.

34     Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.


3.     Genesis 21 : 5

5     And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.


4.     Genesis 22 : 1-12, 18

1     And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

2     And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

3     And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

4     Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

5     And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

6     And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

7     And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

8     And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

9     And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

10     And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

11     And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

12     And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

18     And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.


5.     James 1 : 3 (the)-6, 12

3     …the trying of your faith worketh patience.

4     But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

5     If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

6     But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

12     Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.


6.     James 2 : 14, 21-24, 26

14     What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

21     Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

22     Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

23     And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

24     Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

26     For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.


7.     Job 23 : 10 (he knoweth)

10     …he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.


Science and Health


1.     468 : 17 (Substance)-24

Substance is that which is eternal and incapable of discord and decay. Truth, Life, and Love are substance, as the Scriptures use this word in Hebrews: "The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Spirit, the synonym of Mind, Soul, or God, is the only real substance. The spiritual universe, including individual man, is a compound idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit.


2.     301 : 17-23

As God is substance and man is the divine image and likeness, man should wish for, and in reality has, only the substance of good, the substance of Spirit, not matter. The belief that man has any other substance, or mind, is not spiritual and breaks the First Commandment, Thou shalt have one God, one Mind.


3.     349 : 31-5

In Christian Science, substance is understood to be Spirit, while the opponents of Christian Science believe substance to be matter. They think of matter as something and almost the only thing, and of the things which pertain to Spirit as next to nothing, or as very far removed from daily experience. Christian Science takes exactly the opposite view.


4.     278 : 28-5

All that we term sin, sickness, and death is a mortal belief. We define matter as error, because it is the opposite of life, substance, and intelligence. Matter, with its mortality, cannot be substantial if Spirit is substantial and eternal. Which ought to be substance to us, — the erring, changing, and dying, the mutable and mortal, or the unerring, immutable, and immortal? A New Testament writer plainly describes faith, a quality of mind, as "the substance of things hoped for."


5.     487 : 25-1

The Apostle James said, "Show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works." The understanding that Life is God, Spirit, lengthens our days by strengthening our trust in the deathless reality of Life, its almightiness and immortality.

This faith relies upon an understood Principle. This Principle makes whole the diseased, and brings out the enduring and harmonious phases of things.


6.     1 : 1-4

The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God, — a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love.


7.     329 : 12-13

In Science we can use only what we understand. We must prove our faith by demonstration.


8.     410 : 14-17

Every trial of our faith in God makes us stronger. The more difficult seems the material condition to be overcome by Spirit, the stronger should be our faith and the purer our love.


9.     66 : 6-16, 30-1

Trials teach mortals not to lean on a material staff, — a broken reed, which pierces the heart. We do not half remember this in the sunshine of joy and prosperity. Sorrow is salutary. Through great tribulation we enter the kingdom. Trials are proofs of God's care. Spiritual development germinates not from seed sown in the soil of material hopes, but when these decay, Love propagates anew the higher joys of Spirit, which have no taint of earth. Each successive stage of experience unfolds new views of divine goodness and love.

Sorrow has its reward. It never leaves us where it found us. The furnace separates the gold from the dross that the precious metal may be graven with the image of God.


10.     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.


11.     7 : 18-21

If spiritual sense always guided men, there would grow out of ecstatic moments a higher experience and a better life with more devout self-abnegation and purity.


12.     418 : 5-11

Stick to the truth of being in contradistinction to the error that life, substance, or intelligence can be in matter. Plead with an honest conviction of truth and a clear perception of the unchanging, unerring, and certain effect of divine Science. Then, if your fidelity is half equal to the truth of your plea, you will heal the sick.


13.     335 : 7 (Spirit)-15

Spirit, God, has created all in and of Himself. Spirit never created matter. There is nothing in Spirit out of which matter could be made, for, as the Bible declares, without the Logos, the AEon or Word of God, "was not anything made that was made." Spirit is the only substance, the invisible and indivisible infinite God. Things spiritual and eternal are substantial. Things material and temporal are insubstantial.


14.     368 : 10-19

Against the fatal beliefs that error is as real as Truth, that evil is equal in power to good if not superior, and that discord is as normal as harmony, even the hope of freedom from the bondage of sickness and sin has little inspiration to nerve endeavor. When we come to have more faith in the truth of being than we have in error, more faith in Spirit than in matter, more faith in living than in dying, more faith in God than in man, then no material suppositions can prevent us from healing the sick and destroying error.


15.     vii : 1-2

To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.


Love is the liberator.