December 10th, 2017 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, December 10th, 2017



Subject — God the Preserver of Man

Golden Text: Romans 8 : 15



For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.




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Responsive Reading: Galatians 4 : 1, 3-7


1.     Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all.

3.     Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:

4.     But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

5.     To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

6.      because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

7.     Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.



Lesson Sermon



The Bible


1. Numbers 6 : 24

24     The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:

2. Joshua 24 : 17

17     For the LORD our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed:

3. Psalm 121 : 2, 3 (he), 5-8

2     My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

3     …he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

5     The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

6     The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

7     The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

8     The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

4. Genesis 16 : 3, 5-7 (to ,), 9, 13, 15 (to :)

3     And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

5     And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.

6     But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.

7     And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness,

9     And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

13     And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?

15     And Hagar bare Abram a son:

5. Genesis 21 : 9, 10 (to 2nd ,), 12 (to ;), 14-17, 19, 20 (to ;)

9     And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.

10     Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son,

12     And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman;

14     And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.

15     And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.

16     And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.

17     And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.

19     And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.

20     And God was with the lad;

6. Psalm 36 : 6 (O Lord), 7

6     …O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.

7     How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

7. Romans 8 : 16 (we), 17 (to 2nd ;), 19, 21

16     …we are the children of God:

17     And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;

19     For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

21     Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

8. Galatians 5 : 1

1     Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

9. Ephesians 1 : 3, 4, 11, 17-19, 21, 22 (to ,), 23 (the fulness)

3     Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

4     According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

11     In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

17     That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

18     The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

19     And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

21     Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

22     And hath put all things under his feet,

23     …the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

10. Galatians 4 : 19 (to ,), 20 (to ,), 21-23, 31

19     My little children,

20     I desire to be present with you now,

21     Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?

22     For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.

23     But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.

31     So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

11. I John 3 : 2

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.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1. 332 : 4 (Father)-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. 476 : 28-4

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. Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick.

3. 224 : 28-31 (to 2nd .)

Truth brings the elements of liberty. On its banner is the Soul-inspired motto, "Slavery is abolished." The power of God brings deliverance to the captive. No power can withstand divine Love.

4. 228 : 11-15, 25 only

The enslavement of man is not legitimate. It will cease when man enters into his heritage of freedom, his God-given dominion over the material senses. Mortals will some day assert their freedom in the name of Almighty God.

There is no power apart from God.

5. 333 : 19-23, 26-31

Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea, — the reflection of God, — has come with some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth. ...The divine image, idea, or Christ was, is, and ever will be inseparable from the divine Principle, God. Jesus referred to this unity of his spiritual identity thus: "Before Abraham was, I am;" "I and my Father are one;" "My Father is greater than I." The one Spirit includes all identities.

6. 315 : 16-20

The likeness of God we lose sight of through sin, which beclouds the spiritual sense of Truth; and we realize this likeness only when we subdue sin and prove man's heritage, the liberty of the sons of God.

7. 191 : 16-17

The human thought must free itself from self-imposed materiality and bondage.

8. 227 : 3-13, 26-29

I saw that the law of mortal belief included all error, and that, even as oppressive laws are disputed and mortals are taught their right to freedom, so the claims of the enslaving senses must be denied and superseded. The law of the divine Mind must end human bondage, or mortals will continue unaware of man's inalienable rights and in subjection to hopeless slavery, because some public teachers permit an ignorance of divine power, — an ignorance that is the foundation of continued bondage and of human suffering.

The illusion of material sense, not divine law, has bound you, entangled your free limbs, crippled your capacities, enfeebled your body, and defaced the tablet of your being.

9. 146 : 7-12

By trusting matter to destroy its own discord, health and harmony have been sacrificed. Such systems are barren of the vitality of spiritual power, by which material sense is made the servant of Science and religion becomes Christlike.

10. 242 : 1-8

Through repentance, spiritual baptism, and regeneration, mortals put off their material beliefs and false individuality. It is only a question of time when "they shall all know Me [God], from the least of them unto the greatest." Denial of the claims of matter is a great step towards the joys of Spirit, towards human freedom and the final triumph over the body.

11. 371 : 27-32

The necessity for uplifting the race is father to the fact that Mind can do it; for Mind can impart purity instead of impurity, strength instead of weakness, and health instead of disease. Truth is an alterative in the entire system, and can make it "every whit whole."

12. 231 : 30-2

Man, governed by his Maker, having no other Mind, — planted on the Evangelist's statement that "all things were made by Him [the Word of God]; and without Him was not anything made that was made," — can triumph over sin, sickness, and death.

13. 233 : 16-24

Already the shadow of His right hand rests upon the hour. Ye who can discern the face of the sky, — the sign material, — how much more should ye discern the sign mental, and compass the destruction of sin and sickness by overcoming the thoughts which produce them, and by understanding the spiritual idea which corrects and destroys them. To reveal this truth was our Master's mission to all mankind, including the hearts which rejected him.

14. 227 : 14-16 (to 2nd .), 21-26

Discerning the rights of man, we cannot fail to foresee the doom of all oppression. Slavery is not the legitimate state of man. God made man free.

Christian Science raises the standard of liberty and cries: "Follow me! Escape from the bondage of sickness, sin, and death!" Jesus marked out the way. Citizens of the world, accept the "glorious liberty of the children of God," and be free! This is your divine right.

15. iii : (poem, located 2 pages before the “Contents” page)

OH Thou hast heard my prayer;

          And I am blest!

     This is Thy high behest: —

Thou here, and everywhere.

— MARY BAKER G. EDDY.


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