July 24th, 2016 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, July 24th, 2016


Subject — Truth

Golden Text: Psalm 25: 10


“All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.”


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Responsive Reading: Psalm 19 : 1-4, 7-9

1.     The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

2.     Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

3.     There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

4.     Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

7.     The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

8.     The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

9.     The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Psalm 33 : 1, 3, 4

1     Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.

3     Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.

4     For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.


2.     Psalm 25 : 4, 5

4     Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.

5     Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.


3.     John 1 : 17 (the)

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


4.     Luke 13 : 2 (to Jesus), 10 (was)-17

2     And Jesus…

10     …was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.

11     And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

12     And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.

13     And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

14     And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.

15     The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?

16     And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

17     And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.


5.     John 8 : 31, 32

31     Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

32     And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.


6.     John 14 : 6 (to saith), 6 (I am), 7 (to :), 10 (the words)-12

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

7     If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also:

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

11     Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

12     Verily, verily, I say unto you, 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.


7.     John 18 : 37 (To) (to next .)

37     …To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.


8.     John 16 : 1, 5 (to ;), 7, 8, 12, 13

1     These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.

5     But now I go my way to him that sent me;

7     Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

8     And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

12     I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

13     Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.


9.     John 17 : 1-3, 9, 17

1     These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

2     As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

3     And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

9     I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

17     Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.


10.     Acts 3 : 1-9

1     Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

2     And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;

3     Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.

4     And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.

5     And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.

6     Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

7     And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

8     And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

9     And all the people saw him walking and praising God:


11.     Ephesians 4 : 1, 14, 15

1     I THEREFORE, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

14     That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

15     But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     282 : 26 only

Truth is the intelligence of immortal Mind.


2.     192 : 27-30

We walk in the footsteps of Truth and Love by following the example of our Master in the understanding of divine metaphysics. Christianity is the basis of true healing.


3.     288 : 20-2

The chief stones in the temple of Christian Science are to be found in the following postulates: that Life is God, good, and not evil; that Soul is sinless, not to be found in the body; that Spirit is not, and cannot be, materialized; that Life is not subject to death; that the spiritual real man has no birth, no material life, and no death.

Science reveals the glorious possibilities of immortal man, forever unlimited by the mortal senses. The Christ-element in the Messiah made him the Way-shower, Truth and Life.

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.


4.     201 : 1-12

THE best sermon ever preached is Truth practised and demonstrated by the destruction of sin, sickness, and death. Knowing this and knowing too that one affection would be supreme in us and take the lead in our lives, Jesus said, "No man can serve two masters."

We cannot build safely on false foundations. Truth makes a new creature, in whom old things pass away and "all things are become new." Passions, selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear, all sensuality, yield to spirituality, and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good.


5.     223 : 14-24

The question, "What is Truth," convulses the world. Many are ready to meet this inquiry with the assurance which comes of understanding; but more are blinded by their old illusions, and try to "give it pause." "If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."

The efforts of error to answer this question by some ology are vain. Spiritual rationality and free thought accompany approaching Science, and cannot be put down. They will emancipate humanity, and supplant unscientific means and so-called laws.


6.     202 : 15-8

Outside of this Science all is mutable; but immortal man, in accord with the divine Principle of his being, God, neither sins, suffers, nor dies. 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.

Our beliefs about a Supreme Being contradict the practice growing out of them. Error abounds where Truth should "much more abound." We admit that God has almighty power, is "a very present help in trouble;" and yet we rely on a drug or hypnotism to heal disease, as if senseless matter or erring mortal mind had more power than omnipotent Spirit.

Common opinion admits that a man may take cold in the act of doing good, and that this cold may produce fatal pulmonary disease; as though evil could overbear the law of Love, and check the reward for doing good. In the Science of Christianity, Mind — omnipotence — has all- power, assigns sure rewards to righteousness, and shows that matter can neither heal nor make sick, create nor destroy.

If God were understood instead of being merely believed, this understanding would establish health.


7.     225 : 5-13

You may know when first Truth leads by the fewness and faithfulness of its followers. Thus it is that the march of time bears onward freedom's banner. The powers of this world will fight, and will command their sentinels not to let truth pass the guard until it subscribes to their systems; but Science, heeding not the pointed bayonet, marches on. There is always some tumult, but there is a rallying to truth's standard.


8.     450 : 15-26

Some people yield slowly to the touch of Truth. Few yield without a struggle, and many are reluctant to acknowledge that they have yielded; but unless this admission is made, evil will boast itself above good. The Christian Scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death; and he will overcome them by understanding their nothingness and the allness of God, or good. Sickness to him is no less a temptation than is sin, and he heals them both by understanding God's power over them. The Christian Scientist knows that they are errors of belief, which Truth can and will destroy.


9.     452 : 18-27

Right is radical. The teacher must know the truth himself. He must live it and love it, or he cannot impart it to others. We soil our garments with conservatism, and afterwards we must wash them clean. When the spiritual sense of Truth unfolds its harmonies, you take no risks in the policy of error. Expect to heal simply by repeating the author's words, by right talking and wrong acting, and you will be disappointed. Such a practice does not demonstrate the Science by which divine Mind heals the sick.


10.     329 : 5 (A little understanding)-13

A little understanding of Christian Science proves the truth of all that I say of it. Because you cannot walk on the water and raise the dead, you have no right to question the great might of divine Science in these directions. Be thankful that Jesus, who was the true demonstrator of Science, did these things, and left his example for us. In Science we can use only what we understand. We must prove our faith by demonstration.


11.     371 : 27-32

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."



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