Bible Study from June 6th, 2020
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Bible Study Questions and Readings
Moderator: Thomas from NY
Bible Readings: The Master and Servant: Luke 17: 7-10; The Unjust Judge: Luke 18: 1-9; Pharisees and the Publican: Luke 18: 10-14
- What does it mean to be God’s elect?
- The Master and Servant: can someone earn blessings from God?
- The Unjust Judge: what does one do when the person of authority does not fear God?
- Pharisees and the Publican: how does one avoid comparing to others?
Notes from the Discussion
You get what is in your heart.
— from Bible Study
All are the servants of God who are not servants of sin and Satan.
— from Matthew Henry Commentary
Article — Watching by Parthens
Click here to read our magazine “The Remnant”, Love is the Liberator, November 2018, by Plainfield Christian Science Church Independent
The discovery and founding of Christian Science has cost more than thirty years of unremitting toil and unrest; but, comparing those with the joy of knowing that the sinner and the sick are helped thereby, that time and eternity bear witness to this gift of God to the race, I am the debtor.
— from “Inklings Historic” Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 382
Click here to listen to “The Sermon on the Mount” given by Christ Jesus in Matthew, Chapters 5 to 7 of the King James Bible
This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be discord and dismay; on the other side there will be Science and peace.
— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 96
Click here to read Daniel’s Prayer from Daniel chapter 9 in the King James
The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
— Proverbs 21 from the King James Bible
“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.
— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 12
My own corporeal personality afflicteth me not wittingly; for I desire never to think of it, and it cannot think of me.
— from Retrospection and Introspection by Mary Baker Eddy, page 74
Comparisons are odorous.
What thou seest, that thou beest.
All successful individuals have become such by hard work; by improving moments before they pass into hours, and hours that other people may occupy in the pursuit of pleasure.
— from “Improve Your Time” Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 230
In divine Science, man is the true image of God. The divine nature was best expressed in Christ Jesus, who threw upon mortals the truer reflection of God and lifted their lives higher than their poor thought-models would allow, — thoughts which presented man as fallen, sick, sinning, and dying. The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea, — perfect God and perfect man, — as the basis of thought and demonstration.
— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 259
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
— Colossians 3 from the King James Bible
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
— Matthew 24 from the King James Bible
Whoever is the servant of good is the master of evil.
— Violet Ker Seymer
Article — Love Your Enemies by Mary Baker Eddy
Then His unveiled, sweet mercies show
Life’s burdens light.
I kiss the cross, and wake to know
A world more bright.
— Hymn 254 from the Christian Science Hymnal. The words to this hymn were written by Mary Baker Eddy.
Click here to read our magazine “Stewards of Our Freedom (Civil War Era)”, Love is the Liberator, May 2020, by Plainfield Christian Science Church Independent
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
— Matthew 23: 11 from the King James Bible
And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
Shall not God—not unjust, but the infinitely righteous Judge. avenge—redeem from oppression.
His own elect—not like this widow, the object of indifference and contempt, but dear to Him as the apple of the eye (Zec 2:8).
Cry day and night—whose every cry enters into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth (Jas 5:4), and how much more their incessant and persevering cries!
Bear long with them—rather, “in their case,” or “on their account” (as) Jas 5:7, “for it”), [Grotius, De Wette, &c.].
— Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary Luke 18
I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
— John 5: 30 from the King James Bible