July 17th, 2016 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, July 17th, 2016


Subject — Life

Golden Text: Psalm 27: 1


“The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”


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Responsive Reading: Psalm 27: 3-5, 11, 13; Psalm 118: 17

3.     Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

4.     One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

5.     For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

11.     Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

13.     I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

17.     I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Isaiah 12 : 2, 3

2     Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

3     Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.


2.     Psalm 28 : 6-9

6     Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.

7     The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

8     The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.

9     Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.


3.     I Thessalonians 3 : 8

8     For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.


4.     Isaiah 38 : 1-6, 9, 12 (to 1st :), 16, 17 (to 2nd :)

1     In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.

2     Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,

3     And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

4     Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying,

5     Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.

6     And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city.

9     The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness:

12     Mine age is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd’s tent:

16     O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live.

17     Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption:


5.     Job 10 : 12

12     Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.


6.     Acts 19 : 11

11     And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:


7.     Acts 20 : 7-12

7     And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

8     And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.

9     And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.

10     And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.

11     When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed.

12     And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.


8.     I Corinthians 11 : 1-3 (to 1st ;)

1     Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

2     Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.

3     But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ;


9.     I Corinthians 15 : 1, 2 (to 1st ,), 9, 10, 12, 22

1     Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

2     By which also ye are saved,

9     For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

10     But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

12     Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

22     For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.


10.     II Corinthians 6 : 1-7

1     We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

2     (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

3     Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

4     But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

5     In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;

6     By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

7     By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left.


11.     II Corinthians 11 : 31 (to 1st ,)

31     The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,


12.     II Corinthians 12 : 9 (said), 10

9     …said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10     Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.


13.     Galatians 2 : 19, 20

19     For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

20     I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     103 : 31-32

Life and being are of God.


2.     359 : 11-14

Even though you aver that the material senses are indispensable to man's existence or entity, you must change the human concept of life, and must at length know yourself spiritually and scientifically.


3.     203 : 32 (God alone)-20

…God alone is man's life. God is at once the centre and circumference of being. It is evil that dies; good dies not.

All forms of error support the false conclusions that there is more than one Life; that material history is as real and living as spiritual history; that mortal error is as conclusively mental as immortal Truth; and that there are two separate, antagonistic entities and beings, two powers, — namely, Spirit and matter, — resulting in a third person (mortal man) who carries out the delusions of sin, sickness, and death.

The first power is admitted to be good, an intelligence or Mind called God. The so-called second power, evil, is the unlikeness of good. It cannot therefore be mind, though so called. The third power, mortal man, is a supposed mixture of the first and second antagonistic powers, intelligence and non-intelligence, of Spirit and matter.

Such theories are evidently erroneous. They can never stand the test of Science. Judging them by their fruits, they are corrupt.


4.     205 : 7-13, 32-3

When will the error of believing that there is life in matter, and that sin, sickness, and death are creations of God, be unmasked? When will it be understood that matter has neither intelligence, life, nor sensation, and that the opposite belief is the prolific source of all suffering? God created all through Mind, and made all perfect and eternal.

When we fully understand our relation to the Divine, we can have no other Mind but His, — no other Love, wisdom, or Truth, no other sense of Life, and no consciousness of the existence of matter or error.


5.     52 : 19-23

The "man of sorrows" best understood the nothingness of material life and intelligence and the mighty actuality of all-inclusive God, good. These were the two cardinal points of Mind-healing, or Christian Science, which armed him with Love.


6.     51 : 15-18

He knew that matter had no life and that real Life is God; therefore he could no more be separated from his spiritual Life than God could be extinguished.


7.     289 : 2-7

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.


8.     296 : 9-13

The old man with his deeds must be put off. Nothing sensual or sinful is immortal. The death of a false material sense and of sin, not the death of organic matter, is what reveals man and Life, harmonious, real, and eternal.


9.     272 : 19-25

It is the spiritualization of thought and Christianization of daily life, in contrast with the results of the ghastly farce of material existence; it is chastity and purity, in contrast with the downward tendencies and earthward gravitation of sensualism and impurity, which really attest the divine origin and operation of Christian Science.


10.     246 : 23-31

Man, governed by immortal Mind, is always beautiful and grand. Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness.

Life is eternal. We should find this out, and begin the demonstration thereof. Life and goodness are immortal. Let us then shape our views of existence into loveliness, freshness, and continuity, rather than into age and blight.


11.     384 : 30-7

Sickness, sin, and death must at length quail before the divine rights of intelligence, and then the power of Mind over the entire functions and organs of the human system will be acknowledged. It is proverbial that Florence Nightingale and other philanthropists engaged in humane labors have been able to undergo without sinking fatigues and exposures which ordinary people could not endure. The explanation lies in the support which they derived from the divine law, rising above the human.


12.     385 : 15-18

Constant toil, deprivations, exposures, and all untoward conditions, if without sin, can be experienced without suffering. Whatever it is your duty to do, you can do without harm to yourself.


13.     387 : 8 (when)-12, 23 (one)-24

…when we realize that immortal Mind is ever active, and that spiritual energies can neither wear out nor can so-called material law trespass upon God-given powers and resources, we are able to rest in Truth, refreshed by the assurances of immortality, opposed to mortality.

…one cannot suffer as the result of any labor of love, but grows stronger because of it.


14.     249 : 6-10

Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine "powers that be." Such is the true Science of being.


15.     202 : 17-23

The days of our pilgrimage will multiply instead of diminish, when God's kingdom comes on earth; for the true way leads to Life instead of to death, and earthly experience discloses the finity of error and the infinite capacities of Truth, in which God gives man dominion over all the earth.



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