March 8th, 2015 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

SUNDAY MARCH 8, 2015


SUBJECT — MAN


GOLDEN TEXT: ISAIAH 43 : 1


“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.”



RESPONSIVE READING: Titus 2 : 11-12 Titus 3 : 3-7

11.     The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

12.     Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

3.     For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

4.     But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

5.     Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

6.     Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

7.     That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.


LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1.     Genesis 1 : 1, 26-28 (to 1st ,)

1     In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

26     And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27     So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28     And God blessed them,


2.     Isaiah 51 : 1 (to 3rd ,)

1     Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn,


3.     Deuteronomy 10 : 17-19 (to :)

17     For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:

18     He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.

19     Love ye therefore the stranger:


4.     Leviticus 19 : 15 (to 2nd :)

15     Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty:


5.     Acts 10 : 1 (to 1st ,), 2 (to 2nd ,), 3 (to 1st ,), 4 (And he), 5, 7 (he called), 8 (he sent)-11 (to 1st ,), 12 (to 1st ,), 13-15, 19, 21 (to men), 23 (to 1st ,), 24 (to ,),25, 26, 28-32 (to ;), 33 (to ;), 34, 35

1     There was a certain man in Cæsarea called Cornelius,

2     A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house,

3     He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him,

4     And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

5     And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:

7     …he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually;

8     …he sent them to Joppa.

9     On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:

10     And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,

11     And saw heaven opened,

12     Wherein were all manner of four-footed beasts of the earth,

13     And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.

14     But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

15     And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

19     While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.

21     Then Peter went down to the men…

23     Then called he them in,

24     And the morrow after they entered into Cæsarea. And Cornelius waited for them,

25     And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.

26     But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.

28     And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

29     Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?

30     And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

31     And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.

32     Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter;

33     Immediately therefore I sent to thee;

34     Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

35     But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.


6.     II Chronicles 19 : 7

7     Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.


7.     Job 34 : 12, 18, 19

12     Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.

18     Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly?

19     How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.


8.     I Corinthians 3 : 16-21, 23

16     Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

17     If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

18     Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

19     For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

20     And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

21     Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

23     And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.


9.     I John 3 : 2, 3

2     Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

3     And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.


10.     Revelation 14 : 6, 7

6     And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

7     Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.


Science and Health


1.     475 : 7-13, 28-1 (to 1st .)

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 incapable of sin, sickness, and death. The real man cannot depart from holiness, nor can God, by whom man is evolved, engender the capacity or freedom to sin. A mortal sinner is not God's man.


2.     90 : 24-25

The admission to one's self that man is God's own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea.


3.     258 : 19-27, 31-1

The infinite Principle is reflected by the infinite idea and spiritual individuality, but the material so-called senses have no cognizance of either Principle or its idea. The human capacities are enlarged and perfected in proportion as humanity gains the true conception of man and God.

Mortals have a very imperfect sense of the spiritual man and of the infinite range of his thought. To him belongs eternal Life.

Through spiritual sense you can discern the heart of divinity, and thus begin to comprehend in Science the generic term man.


4.     259 : 6-14

In divine Science, man is the true image of God. The divine nature was best expressed in Christ Jesus, who threw upon mortals the truer reflection of God and lifted their lives higher than their poor thought-models would allow, — thoughts which presented man as fallen, sick, sinning, and dying. The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea, — perfect God and perfect man, — as the basis of thought and demonstration.


5.     262 : 9-16

We cannot fathom the nature and quality of God's creation by diving into the shallows of mortal belief. We must reverse our feeble flutterings — our efforts to find life and truth in matter — and rise above the testimony of the material senses, above the mortal to the immortal idea of God. These clearer, higher views inspire the Godlike man to reach the absolute centre and circumference of his being.


6.     68 : 2-8

At present mortals progress slowly for fear of being thought ridiculous. They are slaves to fashion, pride, and sense. Sometime we shall learn how Spirit, the great architect, has created men and women in Science. We ought to weary of the fleeting and false and to cherish nothing which hinders our highest selfhood.


7.     4 : 18 (the longing)-26

…the longing to be better and holier, expressed in daily watchfulness and in striving to assimilate more of the divine character, will mould and fashion us anew, until we awake in His likeness. We reach the Science of Christianity through demonstration of the divine nature; but in this wicked world goodness will "be evil spoken of," and patience must bring experience.


8.     322 : 26-5

The sharp experiences of belief in the supposititious life of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless woes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love. Then we begin to learn Life in divine Science. Without this process of weaning, "Canst thou by searching find out God?" It is easier to desire Truth than to rid one's self of error. Mortals may seek the understanding of Christian Science, but they will not be able to glean from Christian Science the facts of being without striving for them. This strife consists in the endeavor to forsake error of every kind and to possess no other consciousness but good.


9.     491 : 7-16, 25-27

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.

Personality is not the individuality of man. A wicked man may have an attractive personality.


10.     289 : 8-13, 31-32

A wicked mortal is not the idea of God. He is little else than the expression of error. To suppose that sin, lust, hatred, envy, hypocrisy, revenge, have life abiding in them, is a terrible mistake.

Life and Life's idea, Truth and Truth's idea, never make men sick, sinful, or mortal. Man is not the offspring of flesh, but of Spirit, — of Life, not of matter.


11.     67 : 18-29

The notion that animal natures can possibly give force to character is too absurd for consideration, when we remember that through spiritual ascendency our Lord and Master healed the sick, raised the dead, and commanded even the winds and waves to obey him. Grace and Truth are potent beyond all other means and methods.

The lack of spiritual power in the limited demonstration of popular Christianity does not put to silence the labor of centuries. Spiritual, not corporeal, consciousness is needed. Man delivered from sin, disease, and death presents the true likeness or spiritual ideal.


12.     179 : 8 (the spiritual)-11

…the spiritual capacity to apprehend thought and to heal by the Truth-power, is won only as man is found, not in self-righteousness, but reflecting the divine nature.


13.     516 : 2-8

As the reflection of yourself appears in the mirror, so you, being spiritual, are the reflection of God. The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.


Love is the liberator.