October 16th, 2016 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, October 16th, 2016


Subject — Doctrine Of Atonement

Golden Text: John 14: 9, 11


“Jesus saith, believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.”


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Responsive Reading: John 14: 12; Ephesians 4: 1-6, 13

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.

1.     Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

2.     With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

3.     Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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.

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.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Isaiah 42 : 1-4 (to :)

1     Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

2     He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

3     A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

4     He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth:


2.     Matthew 4 : 17

17     From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.


3.     Matthew 8 : 2, 3, 14-16, 28-32

2     And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

3     And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

14     And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.

15     And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.

16     When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

28     And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.

29          And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

30     And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.

31     So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.

32     And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.


4.     John 2 : 1-11 (to ;)

1     And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:

2     And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.

3     And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

4     Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.

5     His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

6     And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

7     Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

8     And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.

9     When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

10     And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

11     This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory;


5.     Matthew 11 : 2-6

2     Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,

3     And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

4     Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:

5     The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

6     And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.


6.     John 10 : 23-25, 30

23     And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.

24     Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

25     Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.

30     I and my Father are one.


7.     John 14 : 10 (the Father that)

10     …the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.


8.     John 8 : 29

29     And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.


9.     Romans 8 : 28, 31, 35, 37-39

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.

31     What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

35     Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

37     Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38     For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39     Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     18 : 3-5

Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated man's oneness with the Father, and for this we owe him endless homage.


2.     332 : 19 (Jesus)-22

Jesus demonstrated Christ; he proved that Christ is the divine idea of God — the Holy Ghost, or Comforter, revealing the divine Principle, Love, and leading into all truth.


3.     333 : 26-6 (to ;)

The divine image, idea, or Christ was, is, and ever will be inseparable from the divine Principle, God. Jesus referred to this unity of his spiritual identity thus: "Before Abraham was, I am;" "I and my Father are one;" "My Father is greater than I." The one Spirit includes all identities.

By these sayings Jesus meant, not that the human Jesus was or is eternal, but that the divine idea or Christ was and is so and therefore antedated Abraham; not that the corporeal Jesus was one with the Father, but that the spiritual idea, Christ, dwells forever in the bosom of the Father, God, from which it illumines heaven and earth;


4.     358 : 19-23

Why are the words of Jesus more frequently cited for our instruction than are his remarkable works? Is it not because there are few who have gained a true knowledge of the great import to Christianity of those works?


5.     321 : 30 (the)-2

…the Science of being was demonstrated by Jesus, who showed his students the power of Mind by changing water into wine, and taught them how to handle serpents unharmed, to heal the sick and cast out evils in proof of the supremacy of Mind.


6.     131 : 26-13

The mission of Jesus confirmed prophecy, and explained the so-called miracles of olden time as natural demonstrations of the divine power, demonstrations which were not understood. Jesus' works established his claim to the Messiahship. In reply to John's inquiry, "Art thou he that should come," Jesus returned an affirmative reply, recounting his works instead of referring to his doctrine, confident that this exhibition of the divine power to heal would fully answer the question. Hence his reply: "Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me." In other words, he gave his benediction to any one who should not deny that such effects, coming from divine Mind, prove the unity of God, — the divine Principle which brings out all harmony.


7.     316 : 2-7

From him mortals may learn how to escape from evil. The real man being linked by Science to his Maker, mortals need only turn from sin and lose sight of mortal selfhood to find Christ, the real man and his relation to God, and to recognize the divine sonship.


8.     26 : 10-18, 28-30

The Christ was the Spirit which Jesus implied in his own statements: "I am the way, the truth, and the life;" "I and my Father are one." This Christ, or divinity of the man Jesus, was his divine nature, the godliness which animated him. Divine Truth, Life, and Love gave Jesus authority over sin, sickness, and death. His mission was to reveal the Science of celestial being, to prove what God is and what He does for man.

Our Master taught no mere theory, doctrine, or belief. It was the divine Principle of all real being which he taught and practised.


9.     25 : 13-29 (to ,)

Jesus taught the way of Life by demonstration, that we may understand how this divine Principle heals the sick, casts out error, and triumphs over death. Jesus presented the ideal of God better than could any man whose origin was less spiritual. By his obedience to God, he demonstrated more spiritually than all others the Principle of being. Hence the force of his admonition, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."

Though demonstrating his control over sin and disease, the great Teacher by no means relieved others from giving the requisite proofs of their own piety. He worked for their guidance, that they might demonstrate this power as he did and understand its divine Principle. Implicit faith in the Teacher and all the emotional love we can bestow on him, will never alone make us imitators of him. We must go and do likewise,


10.     19 : 24-28

Those who cannot demonstrate, at least in part, the divine Principle of the teachings and practice of our Master have no part in God. If living in disobedience to Him, we ought to feel no security, although God is good.


11.     24 : 11-15

He to whom "the arm of the Lord" is revealed will believe our report, and rise into newness of life with regeneration. This is having part in the atonement; this is the understanding, in which Jesus suffered and triumphed.


12.     20 : 24-32

Material belief is slow to acknowledge what the spiritual fact implies. The truth is the centre of all religion. It commands sure entrance into the realm of Love. St. Paul wrote, "Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us;" that is, let us put aside material self and sense, and seek the divine Principle and Science of all healing.


13.     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.


14.     21 : 1-5, 9-14

If Truth is overcoming error in your daily walk and conversation, you can finally say, "I have fought a good fight...I have kept the faith," because you are a better man. This is having our part in the at-one-ment with Truth and Love.

If the disciple is advancing spiritually, he is striving to enter in. He constantly turns away from material sense, and looks towards the imperishable things of Spirit. If honest, he will be in earnest from the start, and gain a little each day in the right direction, till at last he finishes his course with joy.


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