May 14th, 2017 Full Text |

Sunday, May 14th, 2017


Subject — Mortals and Immortals

Golden Text: I John 5 : 11


“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”


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Responsive Reading: Psalm 100 : 3; Job 14 : 1, 2, 4; Isaiah 43 : 1, 21

3.     Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

1.     Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

2.     He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

4.     Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

1.     Thus saith the LORD that createth 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.

21.     This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     I John 3 : 1 (to :)

3     Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:


2.     Exodus 20 : 12

12     Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.


3.     Psalm 146 : 1-9 (to :)

1     Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.

2     While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

3     Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

4     His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

5     Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:

6     Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:

7     Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners:

8     The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:

9     The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow:


4.     Mark 1 : 1

1     The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;


5.     Luke 2 : 41-52

41     Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

42     And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.

43     And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.

44     But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

45     And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

46     And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

47     And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

48     And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

49     And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

50     And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

51     And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

52     And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.


6.     Luke 7 : 11 (to pass), 11 (that)-16

11     And it came to pass …that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.

12     Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.

13     And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.

14     And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.

15     And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.

16     And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.


7.     John 3 : 35, 36 (to :)

35     The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.

36     He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life:


8.     John 12 : 44-46, 49, 50

44     Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.

45     And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.

46     I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

49     For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

50     And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.


9.     II Corinthians 5 : 16-20

16     Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

17     Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

18     And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19     To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

20     Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.


10.     I John 2 : 17

17     And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.


11.     I John 5 : 20

20     And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     332 : 4 (Father-Mother)-8

Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation. As the apostle expressed it in words which he quoted with approbation from a classic poet: "For we are also His offspring."


2.     256 : 5-8

All things are created spiritually. Mind, not matter, is the creator. Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.


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, 22-8

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.

Mortal thought transmits its own images, and forms its offspring after human illusions. God, Spirit, works spiritually, not materially. Brain or matter never formed a human concept.

Vibration is not intelligence; hence it is not a creator. Immortal ideas, pure, perfect, and enduring, are transmitted by the divine Mind through divine Science, which corrects error with truth and demands spiritual thoughts, divine concepts, to the end that they may produce harmonious results.

Deducing one's conclusions as to man from imperfection instead of perfection, one can no more arrive at the true conception or understanding of man, and make himself like it, than the sculptor can perfect his outlines from an imperfect model, or the painter can depict the form and face of Jesus, while holding in thought the character of Judas.

The conceptions of mortal, erring thought must give way to the ideal of all that is perfect and eternal.


5.     344 : 1-10

It is objected to Christian Science that it claims God as the only absolute Life and Soul, and man to be His idea, — that is, His image. It should be added that this is claimed to represent the normal, healthful, and sinless condition of man in divine Science, and that this claim is made because the Scriptures say that God has created man in His own image and after His likeness. Is it sacrilegious to assume that God's likeness is not found in matter, sin, sickness, and death?


6.     356 : 9-24

Jesus reasoned on this subject practically, and controlled sickness, sin, and death on the basis of his spirituality. Understanding the nothingness of material things, he spoke of flesh and Spirit as the two opposites, — as error and Truth, not contributing in any way to each other's happiness and existence. Jesus knew, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing."

There is neither a present nor an eternal copartnership between error and Truth, between flesh and Spirit. God is as incapable of producing sin, sickness, and death as He is of experiencing these errors. How then is it possible for Him to create man subject to this triad of errors, — man who is made in the divine likeness?

Does God create a material man out of Himself, Spirit?


7.     263 : 20 only, 27-31

There can be but one creator, who has created all.

The multiplication of a human and mortal sense of persons and things is not creation. A sensual thought, like an atom of dust thrown into the face of spiritual immensity, is dense blindness instead of a scientific eternal consciousness of creation.


8.     592 : 16-17

MOTHER. God; divine and eternal Principle; Life, Truth, and Love.


9.     265 : 16-22

The senses represent birth as untimely and death as irresistible, as if man were a weed growing apace or a flower withered by the sun and nipped by untimely frosts; but this is true only of a mortal, not of a man in God's image and likeness. The truth of being is perennial, and the error is unreal and obsolete.


10.     265 : 1-9

Man is the offspring, not of the lowest, but of the highest qualities of Mind. Man understands spiritual existence in proportion as his treasures of Truth and Love are enlarged. Mortals must gravitate Godward, their affections and aims grow spiritual, — they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite, — in order that sin and mortality may be put off.


11.     267 : 3-7

The offspring of God start not from matter or ephemeral dust. They are in and of Spirit, divine Mind, and so forever continue. God is one. The allness of Deity is His oneness. Generically man is one, and specifically man means all men.


12.     264 : 20-31

Spirit and its formations are the only realities of being. Matter disappears under the microscope of Spirit. Sin is unsustained by Truth, and sickness and death were overcome by Jesus, who proved them to be forms of error. Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love.

When we learn the way in Christian Science and recognize man's spiritual being, we shall behold and understand God's creation, — all the glories of earth and heaven and man.


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