Bible Study from April 11th, 2020
Consider Your Ways
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Bible Study Questions and Readings
Mrs. Eddy records her life purpose. She says, ‘My life-purpose is to impress humanity with the genuine recognition of practical operative Christian Science.’ And she further says to us, ‘drink with me the living waters of the spirit of my life-purpose.’ (See Mis. 207:3-4) There was no doubt in Mrs. Eddy’s mind that she had a definite purpose in life to fulfill, and what this definite purpose was.
In order to fulfill our definite purpose and be a visible witness for Truth, we should be keenly aware of our present individual existence in its higher spiritual aspects. We should be deep thinkers, we should vision happier days for the human family. We should prove that an abundant practical life is the one eternal Life at hand. We should participate in, and rejoice in, the present fulfillment of this present liberating dispensation, the dispensation of the coming of the Son of man, which is the Reality of all things being made visible in human consciousness.
As individual Christian Scientists, we need a greater love for God and a greater love for man in our hearts, in order that our sublime life-purpose may be carried out into effect. Each one of us has a sublime task to perform. We should so live, and so love, that God or Truth is made comprehensible to us, and that we may hear His voice saying, ‘This is the way, walk ye in it.’ (Isa. 30:21)
From Addresses by Martha Wilcox, page 300-301, 302
Topic: Consider Your Ways
Moderator: Lynda from NJ
Bible Readings: Haggai Chapter 1 and 2; Revelation Chapter 17 and 18
- Who is Haggai and what was his clarion call?
- What is the condition of the people after returning from captivity in Babylon?
- Discuss how Revelation chapters 17 and 18 warn us how the people of Israel were conquered by Babylon?
- What does Haggai say is required of the remnant and the promise of Lord?
Notes from the Discussion
Perchance some one of you may say, “The evidence of spiritual verity in me is so small that I am afraid. I feel so far from victory over the flesh that to reach out for a present realization of my hope savors of temerity. Because of my own unfitness for such a spiritual animus my strength is naught and my faith fails.” O thou “weak and infirm of purpose.” Jesus said, “Be not afraid”!
“What if the little rain should say,
So small a drop as I
Can ne’er refresh a drooping earth,
I’ll tarry in the sky.’”
Is not a man metaphysically and mathematically number one, a unit, and therefore whole number, governed and protected by his divine Principle, God? You have simply to preserve a scientific, positive sense of unity with your divine source, and daily demonstrate this. Then you will find that one is as important a factor as duodecillions in being and doing right, and thus demonstrating deific Principle. A dewdrop reflects the sun. Each of Christ’s little ones reflects the infinite One, and therefore is the seer’s declaration true, that “one on God’s side is a majority.”
A single drop of water may help to hide the stars, or crown the tree with blossoms.
— from Pulpit and Press by Mary Baker Eddy, page 3-4
Article — Age From Lessons of the Seventh Day by Mary Baker Eddy, page 134-136
ARK. Safety; the idea, or reflection, of Truth, proved to be as immortal as its Principle; the understanding of Spirit, destroying belief in matter. God and man coexistent and eternal; Science showing that the spiritual realities of all things are created by Him and exist forever. The ark indicates temptation overcome and followed by exaltation.
— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 581
Article — The Siren Call of Ease by Peter V. Ross
The storm may roar without me,
My heart may low be laid;
But God is round about me,
And can I be dismayed?
— Hymn 148 from the Christian Science Hymnal Written by Mary Baker Eddy
Song — Here I am Lord, performed by Dale, Laura, Gary, Jared, and Bruce (Written by Daniel L. Schutte)
Nor is this all. The Holy Spirit being with us, He can move the whole church to exercise its varied ministries. This is one of the things we want very much—that every member of the church should recognise that he is ordained to service. Everyone in Christ, man or woman, hath some testimony to bear, some warning to give, some deed to do in the name of the holy child Jesus; and if the Spirit of God be poured out upon our young men and our maidens, each one will be aroused to energetic service. Both small and great will be in earnest, and the result upon the slumbering masses of our population will surprise us all. Sometimes we lament that the churches are so dull. There is an old proverb which says of So-and-so, that he was “as sound asleep as a church.” I suppose there is nothing that can sleep so soundly as a church. But yet the Spirit of God still remaineth, and therefore churches go to be awakened. I mean that not only in part but as a whole, a church may be quickened. The dullest professor, the most slovenly believer, the most captious and useless member of a church, may yet be turned to good account. I see them like a stack of faggots, piled up, dead and dry. Oh for the fire! We will have a blaze out of them yet.
— from The Abiding of the Spirit the Glory of the Church, A Sermon, delivered on Lord’s-day Morning, September 5th, 1886, Spurgeon Bible Commentary,
by C. H. Spurgeon
Article — Rememdy for World Problems by Martha Wilcox
What am I? to the scientific response: I am able to impart truth, health, and happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason for existing.
— from “To First Church of Christ, Scientist, New York” Miscellany
by Mary Baker Eddy, page 165
You will lose what you are not grateful for.
— from Bible Study
God, what would you have me do today?
— from Bible Study
Article — Evil Obsolete by Martha Wilcox