July 16th, 2017 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, July 16th, 2017


Subject — Life

Golden Text: Matthew 5: 16


“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”


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Responsive Reading: Matthew 6: 19-21, 25, 33

19.     Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20.     But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21.     For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

25.     Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

33.     But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Proverbs 12: 28

28     In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.


2.     Micah 6: 8

8     He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?


3.     II Kings 4: 8, 12 (to 1st .), 13-21, 27 (to:), 28, 32, 33, 35-37

8     And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.

12     And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite.

13     And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people.

14     And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.

15     And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door.

16     And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid.

17     And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.

18     And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers.

19     And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother.

20     And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.

21     And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out.

27     And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet:

28     Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me?

32     And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed.

33     He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD .

35     Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.

36     And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son.

37     Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.


4.     James 1: 18, 21-27

18     Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

21     Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

22     But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

23     For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

24     For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

25     But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

26     If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

27     Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.


5.     Acts 9: 36-41

36     Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.

37     And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.

38     And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.

39     Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.

40     But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

41     And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.


6.     James 2: 8, 12, 14-18

8     If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

12     So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

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

15     If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

16     And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

17     Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

18     Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.


7.     Revelation 22: 14 (to 2nd ,)

14     Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life,



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     200: 11 (Life)-12 (to 1st ,)

...Life is God, and man is the idea of God,


2.     289: 31-2

Man is not the offspring of flesh, but of Spirit, — of Life, not of matter. Because Life is God, Life must be eternal, self-existent. Life is the everlasting I AM, the Being who was and is and shall be, whom nothing can erase.


3.     202: 3-5, 13-14

The scientific unity which exists between God and man must be wrought out in life-practice, and God's will must be universally done.

For this glorious result Christian Science lights the torch of spiritual understanding.


4.     9: 5-16, 22-24

The test of all prayer lies in the answer to these questions: Do we love our neighbor better because of this asking? Do we pursue the old selfishness, satisfied with having prayed for some- thing better, though we give no evidence of the sincerity of our requests by living consistently with our prayer? If selfishness has given place to kindness, we shall regard our neighbor unselfishly, and bless them that curse us; but we shall never meet this great duty simply by asking that it may be done. There is a cross to be taken up before we can enjoy the fruition of our hope and faith.

It involves the Science of Life, and recognizes only the divine control of Spirit, in which Soul is our master, and material sense and human will have no place.


5.     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.


6.     4: 3-11

What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds. To keep the commandments of our Master and follow his example, is our proper debt to him and the only worthy evidence of our gratitude for all that he has done. Outward worship is not of itself sufficient to express loyal and heartfelt gratitude, since he has said: "If ye love me, keep my commandments."


7.     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.


8.     428: 3 only, 6-21, 30-4

Life is real, and death is the illusion.

Man's privilege at this supreme moment is to prove the words of our Master: "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." To divest thought of false trusts and material evidences in order that the spiritual facts of being may appear, — this is the great attainment by means of which we shall sweep away the false and give place to the true. Thus we may establish in truth the temple, or body, "whose builder and maker is God."

We should consecrate existence, not "to the unknown God" whom we "ignorantly worship," but to the eternal builder, the everlasting Father, to the Life which mortal sense cannot impair nor mortal belief destroy. We must realize the ability of mental might to offset human misconceptions and to replace them with the life which is spiritual, not material.

The author has healed hopeless organic disease, and raised the dying to life and health through the understanding of God as the only Life. It is a sin to believe that aught can overpower omnipotent and eternal Life, and this Life must be brought to light by the understanding that there is no death, as well as by other graces of Spirit.


9.     451: 8-18

Students of Christian Science, who start with its letter and think to succeed without the spirit, will either make shipwreck of their faith or be turned sadly awry. They must not only seek, but strive, to enter the narrow path of Life, for "wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat." Man walks in the direction towards which he looks, and where his treasure is, there will his heart be also. If our hopes and affections are spiritual, they come from above, not from beneath, and they bear as of old the fruits of the Spirit.


10.     288: 27-28, 31-7

Science reveals the glorious possibilities of immortal man, forever unlimited by the mortal senses.

The eternal Truth destroys what mortals seem to have learned from error, and man's real existence as a child of God comes to light. Truth demonstrated is eternal life. Mortal man can never rise from the temporal debris of error, belief in sin, sickness, and death, until he learns that God is the only Life. The belief that life and sensation are in the body should be overcome by the understanding of what constitutes man as the image of God. Then Spirit will have overcome the flesh.


11.     496: 9-19

We all must learn that Life is God. Ask yourself: Am I living the life that approaches the supreme good? Am I demonstrating the healing power of Truth and Love? If so then the way will grow brighter "unto the perfect day." Your fruits will prove what the understanding of God brings to man. Hold perpetually this thought, — that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, overlying, and encompassing all true being.


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