March 5th, 2017 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, March 5th, 2017


Subject — Man

Golden Text: Proverbs 20 : 7


“The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.”


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Responsive Reading: Psalm 101 : 1, 2, 3, 4, 7; Psalm 25 : 21

1.     I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.

2.     I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way.

3.     I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes.

4.     A froward heart shall depart from me.

7.     He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.

21.     Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Psalm 24 : 3, 4

3     Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

4     He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.


2.     Proverbs 12 : 20, 22

20     Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellers of peace is joy.

22     Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.


3.     Matthew 24 : 1 (Jesus)-6, 13

1     …Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.

2     And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

3     And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

4     And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

5     For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

6     And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

13     But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.


4.     Matthew 10 : 26 (there)

26     …there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.


5.     Acts 4 : 33-35

33     And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

34     Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,

35     And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.


6.     Acts 5 : 1-11

1     But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,

2     And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

3     But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

4     Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

5     And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.

6     And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.

7     And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.

8     And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.

9     Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.

10     Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.

11     And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.


7.     Galatians 6 : 7, 8

7     Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

8     For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.


8.     Hebrews 4 : 12, 13

12     For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

13     Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.


9.     I Timothy 2 : 1 (to 2nd ,), 1 (supplications)-4

1     I exhort therefore, that, … supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

2     For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

3     For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

4     Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.


10.     Proverbs 2 : 21

21     For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.


11.     Psalm 41 : 12

12     And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     453 : 16 (Honesty)-17

Honesty is spiritual power. Dishonesty is human weakness, which forfeits divine help.


2.     8 : 3-6

We never need to despair of an honest heart; but there is little hope for those who come only spasmodically face to face with their wickedness and then seek to hide it.


3.     272 : 3-8

The spiritual sense of truth must be gained before Truth can be understood. This sense is assimilated only as we are honest, unselfish, loving, and meek. In the soil of an "honest and good heart" the seed must be sown; else it beareth not much fruit, for the swinish element in human nature uproots it.


4.     405 : 5-11

Christian Science commands man to master the propensities, — to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success.


5.     404 : 9-12, 26-1 (to 2nd .)

A corrupt mind is manifested in a corrupt body. Lust, malice, and all sorts of evil are diseased beliefs, and you can destroy them only by destroying the wicked motives which produce them.

Healing the sick and reforming the sinner are one and the same thing in Christian Science. Both cures require the same method and are inseparable in Truth. Hatred, envy, dishonesty, fear, and so forth, make a man sick, and neither material medicine nor Mind can help him permanently, even in body, unless it makes him better mentally, and so delivers him from his destroyers. The basic error is mortal mind.


6.     400 : 26-28

The action of so-called mortal mind must be destroyed by the divine Mind to bring out the harmony of being.


7.     401 : 16-20

What I term chemicalization is the upheaval produced when immortal Truth is destroying erroneous mortal belief. Mental chemicalization brings sin and sickness to the surface, forcing impurities to pass away, as is the case with a fermenting fluid.


8.     540 : 5-16

In Isaiah we read: "I make peace, and create evil. I the Lord do all these things;" but the prophet referred to divine law as stirring up the belief in evil to its utmost, when bringing it to the surface and reducing it to its common denominator, nothingness. The muddy river-bed must be stirred in order to purify the stream. In moral chemicalization, when the symptoms of evil, illusion, are aggravated, we may think in our ignorance that the Lord hath wrought an evil; but we ought to know that God's law uncovers so-called sin and its effects, only that Truth may annihilate all sense of evil and all power to sin.


9.     448 : 9-19

When needed tell the truth concerning the lie. Evasion of Truth cripples integrity, and casts thee down from the pinnacle.

Christian Science rises above the evidence of the corporeal senses; but if you have not risen above sin yourself, do not congratulate yourself upon your blindness to evil or upon the good you know and do not. A dishonest position is far from Christianly scientific. "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy."


10.     266 : 20-23

The sinner makes his own hell by doing evil, and the saint his own heaven by doing right. The opposite persecutions of material sense, aiding evil with evil, would deceive the very elect.


11.     405 : 17-21

"Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." The good man finally can overcome his fear of sin. This is sin's necessity, — to destroy itself. Immortal man demonstrates the government of God, good, in which is no power to sin.


12.     449 : 7-18

The wrong done another reacts most heavily against one's self. Right adjusts the balance sooner or later. Think it "easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle," than for you to benefit yourself by injuring others. Man's moral mercury, rising or falling, registers his healing ability and fitness to teach. You should practise well what you know, and you will then advance in proportion to your honesty and fidelity, — qualities which insure success in this Science; but it requires a higher understanding to teach this subject properly and correctly than it does to heal the most difficult case.


13.     448 : 26-30

If the student adheres strictly to the teachings of Christian Science and ventures not to break its rules, he cannot fail of success in healing. It is Christian Science to do right, and nothing short of right-doing has any claim to the name.


14.     9 : 32 only

Consistent prayer is the desire to do right.


15.     446 : 18 (In)-23

In the Science of Mind-healing, it is imperative to be honest, for victory rests on the side of immutable right. To understand God strengthens hope, enthrones faith in Truth, and verifies Jesus' word: "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."


16.     8 : 14-18

If we feel the aspiration, humility, gratitude, and love which our words express, — this God accepts; and it is wise not to try to deceive ourselves or others, for “there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed.”


17.     203 : 3 (Mind)-6

…Mind — omnipotence — has all-power, assigns sure rewards to righteousness, and shows that matter can neither heal nor make sick, create nor destroy.


18.     200 : 16-19

The great truth in the Science of being, that the real man was, is, and ever shall be perfect, is incontrovertible; for if man is the image, reflection, of God, he is neither inverted nor subverted, but upright and Godlike.


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