January 3rd, 2016 Full Text |

SUNDAY JANUARY 3, 2016


SUBJECT — GOD


GOLDEN TEXT: PSALM 97 : 9


“Thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.”



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RESPONSIVE READING: Psalm 71 : 1-5, 12, 17

1.     In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.

2.     Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.

3.     Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.

4.     Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

5.     For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.

12.     O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.

17.     O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.


LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1.     I Timothy 4 : 12

12     Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.


2.     Ephesians 6 : 1, 2 (to 1st ;), 3, 4

1     Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

2     Honour thy father and mother;

3     That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

4     And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.


3.     Exodus 20 : 1, 3-5 (to :)

1     And God spake all these words, saying,

3     Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

4     Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

5     Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them.


4.     Deuteronomy 6 : 5-9, 12 (to 1st ,), 14

5     And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

6     And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

7     And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

8     And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

9     And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

12     Then beware lest thou forget the LORD.

14     Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you.


5.     Deuteronomy 13 : 1-4

1     If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,

2     And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;

3     Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

4     Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.


6.     II Chronicles 34 : 1-4 (to 7th ,), 5 (And he) only, 5 (cleansed), 7

1     Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years.

2     And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left.

3     For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.

4     And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the images, that were on high above them, he cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces, and made dust of them,

5     And he…cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.

7     And when he had broken down the altars and the groves, and had beaten the graven images into powder, and cut down all the idols throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem.


7.     I John 5 : 21 (to 1st .)

21     Little children, keep yourselves from idols.


8.     Jeremiah 29 : 8, 9, 11-14 (to 3rd ,)

8     For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed.

9     For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD.

11     For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

12     Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

13     And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

14     And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations.


9.     II Chronicles 30 : 9

9     For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him.


10.     Isaiah 54 : 10-13, 17

10     For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.

11     O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.

12     And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.

13     And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

17     No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.


Science and Health


1.     587 : 5-8

GOD. The great I AM; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence.


2.     465 : 16-1

Question. — Is there more than one God or Principle?

Answer. — There is not. Principle and its idea is one, and this one is God, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Being, and His reflection is man and the universe.


3.     467 : 3 (The)-7

The first demand of this Science is, " Thou shalt have no other gods before me." This me is Spirit. Therefore the command means this: Thou shalt have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no truth, no love, but that which is spiritual.


4.     63 : 5-11

In Science man is the offspring of Spirit. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry. His origin is not, like that of mortals, in brute instinct, nor does he pass through material conditions prior to reaching intelligence. Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law of his being.


5.     29 : 30-32

Man as the offspring of God, as the idea of Spirit, is the immortal evidence that Spirit is harmonious and man eternal.


6.     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."


7.     582 : 28-29

CHILDREN. The spiritual thoughts and representatives of Life, Truth, and Love.


8.     62 : 4-12

The entire education of children should be such as to form habits of obedience to the moral and spiritual law, with which the child can meet and master the belief in so-called physical laws, a belief which breeds disease.

If parents create in their babes a desire for incessant amusement, to be always fed, rocked, tossed, or talked to, those parents should not, in after years, complain of their children's fretfulness or frivolity, which the parents themselves have occasioned.


9.     61 : 24-28

Is not the propagation of the human species a greater responsibility, a more solemn charge, than the culture of your garden or the raising of stock to increase your flocks and herds? Nothing unworthy of perpetuity should be transmitted to children.


10.     236 : 21-27, 17-20

Children should obey their parents; insubordination is an evil, blighting the buddings of self- government. Parents should teach their children at the earliest possible period the truths of health and holiness. Children are more tractable than adults, and learn more readily to love the simple verities that will make them happy and good.

Hence the importance of Christian Science, from which we learn of the one Mind and of the availability of good as the remedy for every woe.


11.     146 : 5-12

The first idolatry was faith in matter. The schools have rendered faith in drugs the fashion, rather than faith in Deity. 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.


12.     102 : 9 only

There is but one real attraction, that of Spirit.


13.     73 : 10-14

God controls man, and God is the only Spirit. Any other control or attraction of so-called spirit is a mortal belief, which ought to be known by its fruit, — the repetition of evil.


14.     186 : 11-16, 19-20

Evil is a negation, because it is the absence of truth. It is nothing, because it is the absence of something. It is unreal, because it presupposes the absence of God, the omnipotent and omnipresent. Every mortal must learn that there is neither power nor reality in evil.

The only power of evil is to destroy itself. It can never destroy one iota of good.


15.     567 : 18-23, 25 (in)-1

That false claim — that ancient belief, that old serpent whose name is devil (evil), claiming that there is intelligence in matter either to benefit or to injure men — is pure delusion, the red dragon; and it is cast out by Christ, Truth, the spiritual idea, and so proved to be powerless. …in his pretence of being a talker, he must be a lie from the beginning. His angels, or messages, are cast out with their author. The beast and the false prophets are lust and hypocrisy. These wolves in sheep's clothing are detected and killed by innocence, the Lamb of Love.

Divine Science shows how the Lamb slays the wolf. Innocence and Truth overcome guilt and error.


16.     371 : 20-32

I would not transform the infant at once into a man, nor would I keep the suckling a lifelong babe. No impossible thing do I ask when urging the claims of Christian Science; but because this teaching is in advance of the age, we should not deny our need of its spiritual unfoldment. Mankind will improve through Science and Christianity. 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."


17.     502 : 27-5

The creative Principle — Life, Truth, and Love — is God. The universe reflects God. There is but one creator and one creation. This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected. These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God.


18.     288 : 31-1

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.



Love is the liberator.