Sunday, March 1st, 2020 Roundtable

He Gave Them Power Against Unclean Spirits

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Christ Jesus

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Morning Prayers

May divine Love so permeate the affections of all those who have named the name of Christ in its fullest sense, that no counteracting influence can hinder their growth or taint their examples.

— from “Mental Practice” Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy,
page 223

Discussion points

194 — WATCH lest you believe that you can ever really lose your spiritual ability to reflect God, which is a gift of God to each of His children. In this dream of mortality it is possible to lose sight of it, just as children sometimes close their eyes while riding on a train, and imagine that they are going backwards. Sometimes they can make themselves feel all the sensations of going in the direction opposite to the one in which they actually are going. To correct the error, they need only open their eyes.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.” — Christ Jesus” — John 12 : 46

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

— from the Responsive Reading portion of the Bible Lesson from
John 3 : 16-21

Personal sense is believing in a selfhood apart from God.

And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

— Matthew 10 : 1 from citation 4 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson

Unclean spirit: carnal mind, personal sense, impure motives, keeps in bondage, negative thinking.

And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

— Matthew 21 : 12-13 from citation 7 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson

Forum post — “A den of thieves.” by Lynda from PA

Thief: One who secretly, unlawfully and feloniously takes the goods or personal property of another. One who seduces by false doctrine. John 10:1. One who makes it his business to cheat and defraud; as a den of thieves. Matthew 21:1.

— from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Are you representing God, Truth so well that others are drawn to it?

Our Master taught no mere theory, doctrine, or belief. It was the divine Principle of all real being which he taught and practised. His proof of Christianity was no form or system of religion and worship, but Christian Science, working out the harmony of Life and Love. Jesus sent a message to John the Baptist, which was intended to prove beyond a question that the Christ hadcome: “Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.” In other words: Tell John what the demonstration of divine power is, and he will at once perceive that God is the power in the Messianic work.

— Citation 5 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy, page 26 : 28-9

Forum post — “Who did hinder you, that ye should not obey the Truth?” by Joanne from FL

Forum post — Losing Life and Finding It by Elizabeth from GA

Final Readings

” . . . [I]n order to enter into the kingdom, the anchor of hope must be cast beyond the veil of matter into the Shekinah into which Jesus has passed before us . . .” (Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, page 40)

This account (from the June, 1888 CS Journal ) captures the urgency of Mrs. Eddy’s exhortation to the audience of the third convention of the National CS Association in Chicago, with lavender kid gloves off:

“From the depths of her personal experience, and out of a heart yearning to bestow its priceless treasures upon those who listened, the revered Teacher, Mrs. Eddy, spoke. Those who understand her best said, with solemn conviction, that never before had she so sternly, yet tenderly, shown the demands upon her students. For them she rent the veil of personal sense; to them she showed the hidden workings of Animal Magnetism, in its latest and subtlest intrigues. She warned those who would pass through this wonderful epoch in the history of Christian Science to watch and pray without ceasing. This duty done, she turned, with that mighty power which she possesses, to the God whom she obeys and reflects, and away, apart from a sense of sin or consciousness of individual ambition, pride, hope, or fear, she centered the gaze upon the Shekinah, and led willing ears to listen to the oracles of Good, — and, listening, to obey.”

One dictionary from Google defines Shekinah as …”the glory of divine presence, conventionally represented as light.” 17th century : from late Hebrew … dwell, rest.

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