Sunday, September 6th, 2020 Roundtable

By the Grace of God I Am What I Am

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Man

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Morning Prayers

He who hath made thee whole,
Will keep thee day by day;
He who hath spoken to thy soul,
Hath many things to say;
He who hath gently taught,
Yet more will make thee know;
He who hath wonders wrought,
Still greater things will show,
He loveth always — faileth never;
Then rest in Him today — forever.

— from Collectanea, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 149

Discussion points

31 — WATCH lest you feel that man is the master of divine power rather than its servant. False theology declares that Jesus was equipped with deific power, that he wielded to perform miracles as he chose. On page 119 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy writes that man is but the humble servant of the restful Mind. When she went forth on the lecture platform she prayed: “Now, dear God, here I am. Use me. I am absent from the body and present with Thee in consciousness. Love uses me in its own good way. I would lift myself right out of the material sense of self and audience and let God use me.” You must feel that divine power is using you. You must kneel in humility at the throne of God asking and seeking to be imbued with deific power. Then you can go forth and exercise that power with authority. But, you ask, is not this using divine power? Yes, but only as a servant who goes forth to do his master’s bidding. Jesus might have been called Master, because above all others he permitted divine power to master him.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “By the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain.” — I Corinthians 15 : 10

Paul made a promise, oath and commitment to be obedient to God’s love.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Teaching Testimony — By the Grace of God by Mary Beth Singleterry

Be what God made you to be. Let Him use you for His tremendous work.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Too soon we cannot turn from disease in the body to find disease in the mortal mind, and its cure, in working for God.

— from Fidelity Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 343

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering: … And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfection.

— Colossians 3:12, 14 from the King James Bible

The Bible gives us instruction for all parts of our body.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Bowels: The intestines of an animal; the entrails, especially of man. The heart. 2 Corinthians 6:12; The interior part of any thing; as the bowels of the earth. The seat of pity or kindness; hence, tenderness, compassion, a scriptural sense.

— from 1828 Webster’s Dictionary

Read Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy like a textbook. Study it for a month like never before. Apply it to yourself.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Download — Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy

When I see a student grateful I know he is safe.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 235

Joy and gratitude are two essential ingrediants in healing.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Ingratitude is the original sum total evil, and its only remedy is gratitude, the highest human quality its destruction.

— from Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 73

Let your light shine because God is right there with you.

— Plainfield Roundtable

It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to pray each day: “Thy kingdom come;” let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin; and may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!

— Daily Prayer from Church Manual, Article VIII, Sect. 4 by Mary Baker Eddy, page 41

And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.

— Romans 8 from the Amplified Bible

Click here to play the audio as you read: — Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, Pages 390-393

Final Readings

It should be evident to a careful observer that no real character can be achieved where there is a lack of genuine, true humility. Humility is a virtue which but few have any right perception regarding. It is associated with weakness, instead of strength, so that it too frequently appears as servility, — a sort of despicable quality, such as Dickens has caricatured in his “Uriah Heep.” But this is not humility; for genuine humility is freedom from all sense of false pride, and mad ambition, maintaining at all times, a calm, steady equipoise of temper and mind. It is that quality which enables one to know himself, and never allows its possessor to be thrown off his guard, or balance. Consider how rare a thing this is among the men of the world, educated and disciplined though they have been by the culture and training of the universities and schools. What is material sense, or mortal mind doing to repress these mad fires of ambition which blaze up for a time, only to cast down and destroy? All life’s journey through, from the cradle to the sepulchre, the child trained under material influences is taught that success depends on distancing rivals and looking out for the “main chance.” “He who cannot be hammer must be anvil; he who cannot pound, must be pounded upon,” says an old Roman maxim. The people of the world are living in accord with this pernicious precept. They are consumed with an inordinate desire to be at “the top” whether fitted for it or not, and it is frequently the case that they are not. They believe their happiness is conditioned upon gaining these summits of material power and wealth. What has the boasted culture of the schools done towards repressing these foolish, sinful ambitions? And so, the child which by our supposed case was placed under material training and in a home where belief in matter and its laws was equal to, if not greater than its recognition of Spirit and a spiritual realm (which is here and now) is imbibing these false notions and growing to manhood in acquiring these false habits that make it seek its own, instead of those things that are another’s. Its friends desire the same things for him. But how is it with the other child growing under the spiritual influences and training in a real, sincere Christian Science home? Taught to understand that all of its desires are met and supplied by infinite Mind, and that there is nothing but God and His idea, how little inclination is there for it to go astray? Since all of its aspirations are spiritual and are met completely, in God, what desire is there for that which God never created? “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee,” is the language of its chastened affections. The man, or child directed and governed by the standards of material, personal sense, is chaffing, lest it be slighted and unappreciated; and filled with envy, greed, lust, appetite, what sort of a character can such an one rear? what are these but the “hay, stubble, dross” which the fires of purity and truth will burn away? But the mind elevated and purified by divine Love, will gradually realize “that all my need shall be supplied through Jesus Christ.” If you talk of character, know that it alone is acquired in the understanding of spiritual verities, but never amid the illusions and glitter of materiality.

… Nothing is more grand, more beautiful than character building. Do not these lines of Oliver Wendell Holmes have an almost divine meaning for each one?.

Build thou more stately mansions, O my soul;
As the swift seasons roll:
Leave thy low, vaulted past,
Let each new temple, nobler than the last,
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast;
Till thou at length art free,
Leaving thine outworn shell,
By life’s unresting sea..

— Excerpt from “Character” Christian Science Journal, From the March 1893, by Mary Baker Eddy

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