February 19th, 2017 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, February 19th, 2017


Subject — Mind

Golden Text: II Corinthians 13 : 11


“Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”


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Responsive Reading: I Corinthians 2 : 9-16

9.     But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

10.     But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

11.     For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

12.     Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

13.     Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14.     But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

15.     But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

16.     For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Psalm 133 : 1

1     Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!


2.     Isaiah 60 : 1-4 (to :)

1     Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

2     For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

3     And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

4     Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee:


3.     Psalm 28 : 8

8     The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.


4.     Hosea 1 : 10 (in)

10     …in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.


5.     Acts 10 : 21 (to ;), 34, 35, 44, 45

21     Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius;

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.

44     While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

45     And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.


6.     Acts 11 : 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 (I considered)-15 (to 2nd ,), 17, 18

1     And the apostles and brethren that were in Judæa heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.

2     And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,

4     But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying,

5          I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me:

6     …I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

7     And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat.

8     But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.

9     But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

10     And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven.

11     And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Cæsarea unto me.

12     And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man’s house:

13     And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;

14     Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.

15     And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them,

17     Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?

18     When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.


7.     Deuteronomy 1 : 17 (to :)

17     Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s:


8.     Romans 12 : 16

16     Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.


9.     Matthew 11 : 1

1     And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.


10.     Matthew 12 : 46-50

46     While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.

47     Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.

48     But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

49     And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

50     For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.


11.     Matthew 23 : 1, 8 (be)-10

1     Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,

8     …be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

9     And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

10     Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.


12.     Ephesians 4 : 4-6

4     There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

5     One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

6     One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.


13.     I Peter 3 : 8

8     Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.


14.     Philippians 2 : 2, 5

2     Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

5     Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     591 : 5-7

MAN. The compound idea of infinite Spirit; the spiritual image and likeness of God; the full representation of Mind.


2.     505 : 9-10 (to 1st ,), 16-29

The divine Mind, not matter, creates all identities,

Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth. The Psalmist saith: "The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea." Spiritual sense is the discernment of spiritual good. Understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and unreal. Spiritual understanding unfolds Mind, — Life, Truth, and Love, — and demonstrates the divine sense, giving the spiritual proof of the universe in Christian Science.

This understanding is not intellectual, is not the result of scholarly attainments; it is the reality of all things brought to light. God's ideas reflect the immortal, unerring, and infinite.


3.     258 : 11-18

Man reflects infinity, and this reflection is the true idea of God.

God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis. Mind manifests all that exists in the infinitude of Truth. We know no more of man as the true divine image and likeness, than we know of God.


4.     257 : 12-15

Mind creates His own likeness in ideas, and the substance of an idea is very far from being the supposed substance of non-intelligent matter. Hence the Father Mind is not the father of matter.


5.     276 : 1-11

Having one God, one Mind, unfolds the power that heals the sick, and fulfils these sayings of Scripture, "I am the Lord that healeth thee," and "I have found a ransom." When the divine precepts are understood, they unfold the foundation of fellowship, in which one mind is not at war with another, but all have one Spirit, God, one intelligent source, in accordance with the Scriptural command: "Let this Mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." Man and his Maker are correlated in divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God.


6.     207 : 8-14

God is not the creator of an evil mind. Indeed, evil is not Mind. We must learn that evil is the awful deception and unreality of existence. Evil is not supreme; good is not helpless; nor are the so-called laws of matter primary, and the law of Spirit secondary. Without this lesson, we lose sight of the perfect Father, or the divine Principle of man.


7.     191 : 4-7

As mortals give up the delusion that there is more than one Mind, more than one God, man in God's likeness will appear, and this eternal man will include in that likeness no material element.


8.     205 : 22-27, 32-3

When we realize that there is one Mind, the divine law of loving our neighbor as ourselves is unfolded; whereas a belief in many ruling minds hinders man's normal drift towards the one Mind, one God, and leads human thought into opposite channels where selfishness reigns.

When we fully understand our relation to the Divine, we can have no other Mind but His, — no other Love, wisdom, or Truth, no other sense of Life, and no consciousness of the existence of matter or error.


9.     467 : 9-16

It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love. Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brotherhood of man will be established. Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.


10.     469 : 30-10

With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science. The supposed existence of more than one mind was the basic error of idolatry. This error assumed the loss of spiritual power, the loss of the spiritual presence of Life as infinite Truth without an unlikeness, and the loss of Love as ever present and universal.


11.     470 : 32-5

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.


12.     340 : 15-29

"Thou shalt have no other gods before me." (Exodus xx. 3.) The First Commandment is my favorite text. It demonstrates Christian Science. It inculcates the triunity of God, Spirit, Mind; it signifies that man shall have no other spirit or mind but God, eternal good, and that all men shall have one Mind. The divine Principle of the First Commandment bases the Science of being, by which man demonstrates health, holiness, and life eternal. One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, "Love thy neighbor as thyself;" annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.


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