January 17th, 2016 Full Text |

Sunday, January 17th, 2016


Subject — Life

Golden Text: Romans 8 : 10


“The Spirit is life because of righteousness.”


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Responsive Reading: Proverbs 12 : 28; Isaiah 42 : 6, 7; Deuteronomy 30 : 11, 14, 16, 20

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

6.     I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

7.     To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

11.     For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.

14.     But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

16.     I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

20.     That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Colossians 1 : 3 (to 1st ,), 16, 17

3     We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

16     For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

17     And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.


2.     Ephesians 4 : 4-7, 11-13, 17-19

4     There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

5     One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

6     One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

7     But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

11     And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12     For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

13     Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.

17     This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

18     Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

19     Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.


3.     Isaiah 5 : 11, 12, 21

11     Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!

12     And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.

21     Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!


4.     Ephesians 2 : 10

10     For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.


5.     Luke 4 : 1 (to 1st ,)

1     And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan,


6.     Luke 14 : 1, 2, 4 (And he), 12-14

1     And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath day, that they watched him.

2     And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.

4     And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;

12     Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.

13     But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:

14     And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.


7.     Luke 12 : 48 (For) (to : )

48     For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:


8.     Matthew 7 : 12-14

12     Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

13     Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14     Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.


9.     Matthew 19 : 16-22, 27-29

16     And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

17     And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

18     He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

19     Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

20     The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

21     Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

22     But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

27     Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?

28     And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

29     And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.


10.     Philippians 2 : 12-16

12     Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

13     For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

14     Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

15     That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

16     Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.


11.     II Corinthians 3 : 4, 5

4     And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:

5     Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;


12.     Romans 8 : 28

28     And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.


Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     200 : 11 (Life)-12 (to 2nd ,)

…Life is God, and man is the idea of God, not formed materially but spiritually,


2.     63 : 5-6, 9-11

In Science man is the offspring of Spirit. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry.

… Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law of his being.


3.     202 : 3-5

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


4.     376 : 13 (there)-16

…there is more life and immortality in one good motive and act, than in all the blood which ever flowed through mortal veins and simulated a corporeal sense of life.


5.     454 : 17-21

Love for God and man is the true incentive in both healing and teaching. Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action.


6.     234 : 4-16

Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love — be it song, sermon, or Science — blesses the human family with crumbs of comfort from Christ's table, feeding the hungry and giving living waters to the thirsty.

We should become more familiar with good than with evil, and guard against false beliefs as watchfully as we bar our doors against the approach of thieves and murderers. We should love our enemies and help them on the basis of the Golden Rule; but avoid casting pearls before those who trample them under foot, thereby robbing both themselves and others.


7.     366 : 30-9

If we would open their prison doors for the sick, we must first learn to bind up the broken- hearted. If we would heal by the Spirit, we must not hide the talent of spiritual healing under the napkin of its form, nor bury the morale of Christian Science in the grave-clothes of its letter.

The tender word and Christian encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience with his fears and the removal of them, are better than hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed speeches, and the doling of arguments, which are but so many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame with divine Love.


8.     283 : 13-15, 16-31

But what say prevalent theories? They insist that Life, or God, is one and the same with material life so-called.…They claim that to be life which is but the objective state of material sense, — such as the structural life of the tree and of material man, — and deem this the manifestation of the one Life, God.

This false belief as to what really constitutes life so detracts from God's character and nature, that the true sense of His power is lost to all who cling to this falsity. The divine Principle, or Life, cannot be practically demonstrated in length of days, as it was by the patriarchs, unless its Science be accurately stated. We must receive the divine Principle in the understanding, and live it in daily life; and unless we so do, we can no more demonstrate Science, than we can teach and illustrate geometry by calling a curve a straight line or a straight line a sphere.


9.     254 : 12-15, 19 (the)-23

Imperfect mortals grasp the ultimate of spiritual perfection slowly; but to begin aright and to continue the strife of demonstrating the great problem of being, is doing much.

…the human self must be evangelized. This task God demands us to accept lovingly to-day, and to abandon so fast as practical the material, and to work out the spiritual which determines the outward and actual.


10.     265 : 10-15

This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggests man's absorption into Deity and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man enlarged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent peace.


11.     288 : 31-13

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.

A wicked mortal is not the idea of God. He is little else than the expression of error. To suppose that sin, lust, hatred, envy, hypocrisy, revenge, have life abiding in them, is a terrible mistake.

Life and Life's idea, Truth and Truth's idea, never make men sick, sinful, or mortal.


12.     324 : 7-18

Unless the harmony and immortality of man are becoming more apparent, we are not gaining the true idea of God; and the body will reflect what governs it, whether it be Truth or error, understanding or belief, Spirit or matter. Therefore "acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace." Be watchful, sober, and vigilant. The way is straight and narrow, which leads to the understanding that God is the only Life. It is a warfare with the flesh, in which we must conquer sin, sickness, and death, either here or hereafter, — certainly before we can reach the goal of Spirit, or life in God.


13.     241 : 23-30

One's aim, a point beyond faith, should be to find the footsteps of Truth, the way to health and holiness. We should strive to reach the Horeb height where God is revealed; and the corner- stone of all spiritual building is purity. The baptism of Spirit, washing the body of all the impurities of flesh, signifies that the pure in heart see God and are approaching spiritual Life and its demonstration.


14.     326 : 16-21

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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