September 11th, 2016 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, September 11th, 2016


Subject — Substance

Golden Text: Psalm 62: 5


“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.”


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Responsive Reading: Romans 8 : 1-6, 18

1.     There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

2.     For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

3.     For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

4.     That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

5.     For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

6.     For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

18.     For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Hebrews 11 : 1-3, 5, 6

1     Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2     For by it the elders obtained a good report.

3     Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

5     By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

6     But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.


2.     Psalm 62 : 7, 8 (to :), 11

7     In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

8     Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him:

11     God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.


3.     II Kings 4 : 8-17 (to son), 18-23, 25 (to 2nd And), 25 (he), 26, 28, 29 (to 1st :), 29 (and lay), 30, 32, 33, 35 (to he), 35 (went), 36 (to 1st .), 36 (And when), 37

8     And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.

9     And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.

10     Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.

11     And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there.

12     And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him.

13     And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people.

14     And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.

15     And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door.

16     And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid.

17     And the woman conceived, and bare a son…

18     And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers.

19     And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother.

20     And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.

21     And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out.

22     And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again.

23     And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well.

25     So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And… he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite:

26     Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well.

28     Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me?

29     Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: …and lay my staff upon the face of the child.

30     And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her.

32     And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed.

33     He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD.

35     Then he… went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.

36     And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. …And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son.

37     Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.


4.     James 5 : 15 (the prayer) (to 1st ,)

15     …the prayer of faith shall save the sick,


5.     Matthew 4 : 17 (to 2nd ,)

17     From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say,


6.     Matthew 6 : 6 (when thou prayest), 9-13 (to 1st .)

6     …when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

9     After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10     Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11     Give us this day our daily bread.

12     And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13     And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     468 : 16-24

Question. — What is substance?

Answer. — Substance is that which is eternal and incapable of discord and decay. Truth, Life, and Love are substance, as the Scriptures use this word in Hebrews: "The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Spirit, the synonym of Mind, Soul, or God, is the only real substance. The spiritual universe, including individual man, is a compound idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit.


2.     298 : 2-7

Life, Truth, and Love are the realities of divine Science. They dawn in faith and glow full-orbed in spiritual understanding. As a cloud hides the sun it cannot extinguish, so false belief silences for a while the voice of immutable harmony, but false belief cannot destroy Science armed with faith, hope, and fruition.


3.     297 : 20-24

Faith is higher and more spiritual than belief. It is a chrysalis state of human thought, in which spiritual evidence, contradicting the testimony of material sense, begins to appear, and Truth, the ever-present, is becoming understood.


4.     23 : 16-20

Faith, if it be mere belief, is as a pendulum swinging between nothing and something, having no fixity. Faith, advanced to spiritual understanding, is the evidence gained from Spirit, which rebukes sin of every kind and establishes the claims of God.


5.     278 : 28-3

All that we term sin, sickness, and death is a mortal belief. We define matter as error, because it is the opposite of life, substance, and intelligence. Matter, with its mortality, cannot be substantial if Spirit is substantial and eternal. Which ought to be substance to us, — the erring, changing, and dying, the mutable and mortal, or the unerring, immutable, and immortal?


6.     12 : 1-15, 27-4

"The prayer of faith shall save the sick," says the Scripture. What is this healing prayer? A mere request that God will heal the sick has no power to gain more of the divine presence than is always at hand. The beneficial effect of such prayer for the sick is on the human mind, making it act more powerfully on the body through a blind faith in God. This, however, is one belief casting out another, — a belief in the unknown casting out a belief in sickness. It is neither Science nor Truth which acts through blind belief, nor is it the human understanding of the divine healing Principle as manifested in Jesus, whose humble prayers were deep and conscientious protests of Truth, — of man's likeness to God and of man's unity with Truth and Love.

Does Deity interpose in behalf of one worshipper, and not help another who offers the same measure of prayer? If the sick recover because they pray or are prayed for audibly, only petitioners (per se or by proxy) should get well. In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of God as "a very present help in trouble." Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals. It is the open fount which cries, "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters."


7.     15 : 14-24

In order to pray aright, we must enter into the closet and shut the door. We must close the lips and silence the material senses. In the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings, we must deny sin and plead God's allness. We must resolve to take up the cross, and go forth with honest hearts to work and watch for wisdom, Truth, and Love. We must "pray without ceasing." Such prayer is answered, in so far as we put our desires into practice. The Master's injunction is, that we pray in secret and let our lives attest our sincerity.


8.     14 : 25-3

Entirely separate from the belief and dream of material living, is the Life divine, revealing spiritual understanding and the consciousness of man's dominion over the whole earth. This understanding casts out error and heals the sick, and with it you can speak "as one having authority."

"When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and, when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly."

So spake Jesus.


9.     16 : 20-23

Only as we rise above all material sensuousness and sin, can we reach the heaven-born aspiration and spiritual consciousness, which is indicated in the Lord's Prayer and which instantaneously heals the sick.


10.     410 : 14-17

Every trial of our faith in God makes us stronger. The more difficult seems the material condition to be overcome by Spirit, the stronger should be our faith and the purer our love.


11.     21 : 1-4, 6-14

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. …Christians do not continue to labor and pray, expecting because of another's goodness, suffering, and triumph, that they shall reach his harmony and reward.

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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