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

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2015


SUBJECT — DEUTERONOMY 11 : 16


GOLDEN TEXT: HEBREWS 12 : 6


“Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them.”



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RESPONSIVE READING: Proverbs 16 : 1-3, 13, 17-19

1.     The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

2.     All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.

3.     Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

13.     Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

17.     The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

18.     Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

19.     Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.


LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1.     Psalm 118 : 16, 17, 19, 20

16     The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.

17     I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.

19     Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:

20     This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.


2.     Genesis 3 : 1-7 (to ;), 13, 17 (to 1st ;), 23

1     Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

2     And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

3     But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

4     And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

5     For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

6     And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

7     And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked;

13     And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

17     And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake;

23     Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.


3.     Obadiah : 3, 4

3     The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?

4     Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.


4.     Matthew 4 : 17

17     From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.


5.     Matthew 5 : 5

5     Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.


6.     Luke 14 : 7-11

7     And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them,

8     When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him;

9     And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room.

10     But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.

11     For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.


7.     II Thessalonians 2 : 1-4

1     Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

2     That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

3     Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

4     Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.


8.     II Corinthians 11 : 3

3     But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.


9.     II Corinthians 1 : 12, 21, 22

12     For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

21     Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;

22     Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.


10.     I Corinthians 3 : 18-21, 23

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.


11.     Psalm 149 : 4

4     For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.


Science and Health


1.     516 : 4-5 (to ;), 9-15, 19-21

The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation;

God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence. Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light. The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, "The meek shall inherit the earth."… Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God's dominion over all the earth.


2.     513 : 27-9

So-called mortal mind — being non-existent and consequently not within the range of immortal existence — could not by simulating deific power invert the divine creation, and afterwards recreate persons or things upon its own plane, since nothing exists beyond the range of all- inclusive infinity, in which and of which God is the sole creator. Mind, joyous in strength, dwells in the realm of Mind. Mind's infinite ideas run and disport themselves. In humility they climb the heights of holiness.


3.     212 : 29-31 (to ;)

The realities of being, its normal action, and the origin of all things are unseen to mortal sense;


4.     529 : 21-6

Whence comes a talking, lying serpent to tempt the children of divine Love? The serpent enters into the metaphor only as evil. We have nothing in the animal kingdom which represents the species described, — a talking serpent, — and should rejoice that evil, by whatever figure presented, contradicts itself and has neither origin nor support in Truth and good. Seeing this, we should have faith to fight all claims of evil, because we know that they are worthless and unreal.

Adam, the synonym for error, stands for a belief of material mind. He begins his reign over man somewhat mildly, but he increases in falsehood and his days become shorter. In this development, the immortal, spiritual law of Truth is made manifest as forever opposed to mortal, material sense.

In divine Science, man is sustained by God, the divine Principle of being.


5.     92 : 11-20, 26-31

In old Scriptural pictures we see a serpent coiled around the tree of knowledge and speaking to Adam and Eve. This represents the serpent in the act of commending to our first parents the knowledge of good and evil, a knowledge gained from matter, or evil, instead of from Spirit.

The portrayal is still graphically accurate, for the common conception of mortal man — a burlesque of God's man — is an outgrowth of human knowledge or sensuality, a mere offshoot of material sense.

The foundation of evil is laid on a belief in something besides God. This belief tends to support two opposite powers, instead of urging the claims of Truth alone. The mistake of thinking that error can be real, when it is merely the absence of truth, leads to belief in the superiority of error.


6.     470 : 16-23

The children of God have but one Mind. How can good lapse into evil, when God, the Mind of man, never sins? The standard of perfection was originally God and man. Has God taken down His own standard, and has man fallen?

God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection, man, remains perfect.


7.     476 : 13-15, 28-32

Mortals are not fallen children of God. They never had a perfect state of being, which may subsequently be regained.

When speaking of God's children, not the children of men, Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you;" that is, Truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God's image is unfallen and eternal.


8.     345 : 21-25

Anybody, who is able to perceive the incongruity between God's idea and poor humanity, ought to be able to discern the distinction (made by Christian Science) between God's man, made in His image, and the sinning race of Adam.


9.     346 : 2-5

When man is spoken of as made in God's image, it is not sinful and sickly mortal man who is referred to, but the ideal man, reflecting God's likeness.


10.     259 : 6 (The divine)-14

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.


11.     67 : 32-6

The epoch approaches when the understanding of the truth of being will be the basis of true religion. 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.


12.     144 : 23-29

Because divine Science wars with so-called physical science, even as Truth wars with error, the old schools still oppose it. Ignorance, pride, or prejudice closes the door to whatever is not stereotyped. When the Science of being is universally understood, every man will be his own physician, and Truth will be the universal panacea.


13.     521 : 12-17

The harmony and immortality of man are intact. We should look away from the opposite supposition that man is created materially, and turn our gaze to the spiritual record of creation, to that which should be engraved on the understanding and heart "with the point of a diamond" and the pen of an angel.


14.     548 : 1-8

"The Spirit and the bride say, Come! . . . and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Christian Science separates error from truth, and breathes through the sacred pages the spiritual sense of life, substance, and intelligence. In this Science, we discover man in the image and likeness of God. We see that man has never lost his spiritual estate and his eternal harmony.



Love is the liberator.