December 25th, 2016 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, December 25th, 2016


Subject — Christian Science

Golden Text: Isaiah 9 : 6


“For unto us a child is born, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”


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Responsive Reading: John 3 : 16-21

16.     For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17.     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18.     He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19.     And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20.     For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21.     But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     John 1 : 1, 4, 5, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17

1     In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

4     In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

5     And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

9     That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

13     Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14     And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

16     And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

17     For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.


2.     Isaiah 7 : 14

14     Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.


3.     Luke 2 : 4 (to 1st ,), 4 (unto) (to ;), 5, 7 (to ;), 8-14, 16-19, 21 (to 2nd ,), 40, 42, 43, 46-48 (to 3rd ,), 48 (thy)-52

4     And Joseph also went up from Galilee, …unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem;

5     To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

7     And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger;

8     And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9     And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10     And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11     For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12     And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13     And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14     Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

16     And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17     And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18     And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19     But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

21     And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS,

40     And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

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.

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, …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.


4.     Matthew 15 : 29-31

29     And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there.

30     And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them:

31     Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.


5.     Galatians 4 : 1-6 (to 2nd ,), 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;

2     But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.

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     And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts,

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


6.     John 13 : 10 (to saith)

10     Jesus saith …


7.     John 14 : 1 (ye), 6 (I), 10 (the words), 12 (He), 13, 15

1     …ye believe in God, believe also in me.

6     …I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

10     …the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

12     …He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

13     And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

15     If ye love me, keep my commandments.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     vii : 1-12

To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings. The wakeful shepherd beholds the first faint morning beams, ere cometh the full radiance of a risen day. So shone the pale star to the prophet-shepherds; yet it traversed the night, and came where, in cradled obscurity, lay the Bethlehem babe, the human herald of Christ, Truth, who would make plain to benighted understanding the way of salvation through Christ Jesus, till across a night of error should dawn the morning beams and shine the guiding star of being. The Wisemen were led to behold and to follow this daystar of divine Science, lighting the way to eternal harmony.


2.     316 : 12 only

Jesus represented Christ, the true idea of God.


3.     52 : 1-2 (to 1st .)

From early boyhood he was about his "Father's business."


4.     332 : 23 (Jesus)-29, 32-2

Jesus was the son of a virgin. He was appointed to speak God's word and to appear to mortals in such a form of humanity as they could understand as well as perceive. Mary's conception of him was spiritual, for only purity could reflect Truth and Love, which were plainly incarnate in the good and pure Christ Jesus.

Thus it is that Christ illustrates the coincidence, or spiritual agreement, between God and man in His image.


5.     333 : 3 (The)-15, 17 (the Christ)-23

The word Christ is not properly a synonym for Jesus, though it is commonly so used. Jesus was a human name, which belonged to him in common with other Hebrew boys and men, for it is identical with the name Joshua, the renowned Hebrew leader. On the other hand, Christ is not a name so much as the divine title of Jesus. Christ expresses God's spiritual, eternal nature. The name is synonymous with Messiah, and alludes to the spirituality which is taught, illustrated, and demonstrated in the life of which Christ Jesus was the embodiment. The proper name of our Master in the Greek was Jesus the Christ; but Christ Jesus better signifies the Godlike.

…the Christ is without beginning of years or end of days. 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.


6.     146 : 31-13

Divine metaphysics is now reduced to a system, to a form comprehensible by and adapted to the thought of the age in which we live. This system enables the learner to demonstrate the divine Principle, upon which Jesus' healing was based, and the sacred rules for its present application to the cure of disease.

Late in the nineteenth century I demonstrated the divine rules of Christian Science. They were submitted to the broadest practical test, and everywhere, when honestly applied under circumstances where demonstration was humanly possible, this Science showed that Truth had lost none of its divine and healing efficacy, even though centuries had passed away since Jesus practised these rules on the hills of Judaea and in the valleys of Galilee.


7.     138 : 18-22, 25-26

Christians are under as direct orders now, as they were then, to be Christlike, to possess the Christ-spirit, to follow the Christ-example, and to heal the sick as well as the sinning. …The Christian can prove this to-day as readily is it was proved centuries ago.


8.     350 : 6-15

To understand all our Master's sayings as recorded in the New Testament, sayings infinitely important, his followers must grow into that stature of manhood in Christ Jesus which enables them to interpret his spiritual meaning. Then they know how Truth casts out error and heals the sick. His words were the offspring of his deeds, both of which must be understood. Unless the works are comprehended which his words explained, the words are blind.


9.     150 : 4-17

To-day the healing power of Truth is widely demonstrated as an immanent, eternal Science, instead of a phenomenal exhibition. Its appearing is the coming anew of the gospel of "on earth peace, good-will toward men." This coming, as was promised by the Master, is for its establishment as a permanent dispensation among men; but the mission of Christian Science now, as in the time of its earlier demonstration, is not primarily one of physical healing. Now, as then, signs and wonders are wrought in the metaphysical healing of physical disease; but these signs are only to demonstrate its divine origin, — to attest the reality of the higher mission of the Christ-power to take away the sins of the world.


10.     326 : 3-5, 8-14, 16-21

If we wish to follow Christ, Truth, it must be in the way of God's appointing. Jesus said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also." …All nature teaches God's love to man, but man cannot love God supremely and set his whole affections on spiritual things, while loving the material or trusting in it more than in the spiritual.

We must forsake the foundation of material systems, however time-honored, if we would gain the Christ as our only Saviour.

The purpose and motive to live aright can be gained now. This point won, you have started as you should. You have begun at the numeration-table of Christian Science, and nothing but wrong intention can hinder your advancement. Working and praying with true motives, your Father will open the way.


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