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Bible Study from March 28th, 2020

Slavery is not the Legitimate State of Man

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Reality

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“Slavery is not the legitimate state of man. God made man free. Paul said ‘I was free born.’ All men should be free. ‘Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.’”

From Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures,
 by Mary Baker Eddy, pages 227: 15-19


“Massachusetts succored a fugitive slave in 1853, …. It were well if the sister States had followed her example and sustained as nobly our constitutional Bill of Rights. Discerning the God given rights of man, Paul said, ‘I was free born.’”

“The rights of man were vindicated but in a single instance when African slavery was abolished on this continent, yet that hour was a prophecy of the full liberty of the Sons of God as found in Christian Science.”

From The People’s Idea of God,
 by Mary Baker Eddy, page 10: 8 – 12, 26 – 2


Article shared by Thomas:

Topic: Timothy

Moderator: Thomas from NY

Bible Readings: Titus Chapter 1 – 3

Bible Readings: Timothy Chapter 1 – 6

Additional Reading:

Questions:

  1. Who is Timothy?
  2. Read: 1 Timothy 2: 1-3. How does this apply to us today?
  3. What are the qualities of a church leader?
  4. What do Titus & Timothy say about the Christian way of life?

Notes from the Discussion




Article — Character Outline of a discourse preached in Chickering Hall Boston Mass., by the Pastor of the Church of Christ, Scientist




Mrs. Eddy once asked Laura Sargent what she was doing. She replied that she was reading Miscellaneous Writings. Mrs. Eddy’s reply was, “Go to your room and do more mental work.” Perhaps Laura expected the Leader to commend her because she was doing something constructive, instead of reading the daily paper, or knitting. Everything Mrs. Eddy has written was given us to enable us to do better mental work….After one has laid his foundation based on the teaching of these volumes (the Bible and S. & H.), he should read them only as he strives to demonstrate what he reads.

— from Mary Baker Eddy Her Spiritual Precepts, Compiled by Gilbert Carpenter




Reading or listening to my teaching the truths of Christian Science will not do for you what the constant seeking and knowing and following will do for you.

— from Mary Baker Eddy Her Spiritual Precepts, Compiled by Gilbert Carpenter




Browsing through the Bible and Science and Health is not a spiritual act, unless one makes it so. It is possible that too great a familiarity with the letter of these books might become a deterrent to spiritualization, since what one knows by rote may lose its meaning. … This illustration is not intended to be an argument in favor of abstaining from a study of the Bible and Science and Health, but it is evident that after one has laid his foundation based on the teaching of these volumes, he should read them only as he strives to demonstrate what he reads.

— from Mary Baker Eddy Her Spiritual Precepts, Compiled by Gilbert Carpenter




I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

— from 1 Timothy 2: 1-3 in the King James Bible




But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient.

— from 1 Timothy 1: 8-9 in the King James Bible




O Timothy, guard and keep the deposit entrusted [to you]! Turn away from the irreverent babble and godless chatter, with the vain and empty and worldly phrases, and the subtleties and the contradictions in what is falsely called knowledge and spiritual illumination. [For] by making such profession some have erred (missed the mark) as regards the faith. Grace (divine favor and blessing) be with you all! Amen (so be it).

— from 1 Timothy 6: 20-21 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition




Read Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy as God speaking directly to you.

— from Bible Study




Intellectualism is the bane of Christian Science.

— from Bible Study




Paul’s Epistles to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon are called the “Pastoral Epistles” because their contents are devoted to the “teacher”, as well as to “teaching.” These Epistles (with reference to 1st and 2nd Timothy) bear much the same relationship to the New Testament that the chapter entitled “Teaching Christian Science” bears to that great scientific textbook—”Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” by Mary Baker Eddy (I Timothy 1: 1)

— from The Students New Testament Compilation, Published by Students Publishing Corporation and copyrighted in 1924 by Joseph Halliman




The early Christian Fathers follwed this practice devotedly, – a practice which must frequently have reversed the mental onslaughts of kingly jealousy and suspicion. Cyprian, brought before the Roman proconsul, said: “We pray to God, not only for ourselves, but for all mankind; and particularly for the emperors.” Tertulllian, in his famous Apology, wrote: “We pray for all the emperors, that God may grant them long life, a secure government, a prosperous family, vigorous troops, a faithful Senate, an obedient people; that the whole world may be at peace; and that God may grant, both to Caesar and to every man the accomplishment of their just desires.” We conclude with Origens’s remards; “We pray for kings and rulers, that with their royal authority they may be found posessing a wise and prudent mind.” (I Timothy 2: 2)

— from The Students New Testament Compilation, Published by Students Publishing Corporation and copyrighted in 1924 by Joseph Halliman




Materialism casts a veil and puts manking to sleep. To counter this we need to become as little children. Have their simplicity of thought.

— from Bible Study




God’s law reaches and destroys evil by virtue of the allness of God.

— from No and Yes, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 30




Under the leadership of Mary Baker Eddy, Christian Science put before the world an organization that was self-dissolving; and it would seem as if Paul’s need regarding early Christianity is to do the same thing. If, however, this material organization, ‘requisite only in the very earliest periods of Christian history,’ is not self-dissolving, it becomes the tool of ecclesiastical despotism. As we learned in the case of Israel and Babylon, mortal man’s desire to perpetuate his mortality leads inevitably to death. We read, therefore, of material organization having its ‘value and peril’ and ‘uses and abuses.’ (Mary Baker Eddy, Ret 45: 5-15) It is as if, in I Timothy, Paul tells us of organization’s value and uses; in II Timothy of its perils and abuses; and, that, in Titus, his purpose is to bring the church back from the state of disobedience into which it has fallen to one of spiritual rectitude. I Timothy, then, emphasizes the early human need for organization; II Timothy, the ruin that comes if, after the leader’s departure, there is disobedience to his (or her) divine provisions; Titus emphasized reinstatement of the leader’s purpose through the work of local churches. These are very similar to Mrs. Eddy’s church foundings.

— from The Comforter Physics to Metaphysics by Yvonne Reus




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