Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 Testimony Meeting | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 Testimony Meeting

At 8:15pm EDT every Wednesday, our Testimony Meeting features inspired readings from The Bible and correlative passages from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and Prose Works by Mary Baker Eddy, as well as testimonies of Christian Science healing and wonderful music. All are welcome to listen and participate!

Theme: The Rock of Christ

Readings: Elizabeth from GA




Hymns

176 293 141

The Bible

Deuteronomy 32: 1-4

1     Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
2     My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
3     Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
4     He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

II Samuel 22: 1-3 (to 4th ,)

1     And David spake unto the Lord the words of this song in the day that the Lord had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:
2     And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
3     The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, …

Isaiah 28: 16

16     Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

Matthew 4: 23 (to first ,)

23     And Jesus went about all Galilee, …

Matthew 5: 1-2

1     And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2     And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

Matthew 7: 21-27

21     Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22     Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23     And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24     Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25     And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26     And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27     And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Matthew 16: 13-18

13     When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14     And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15     He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16     And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17     And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18     And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

II Timothy 2: 19-21 (the)

19     … the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
20     But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21     If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

Psalms 118: 22, 26 (to : )

22     The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
26     Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord:..

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

593: 18 (to first .)

ROCK. Spiritual foundation; Truth. …

No and Yes

38: 13-16

This Truth is the rock which the builders rejected; but “the same is become the head of the corner.” This is the chief corner-stone, the basis and support of creation, the interpreter of one God. the infinity and unity of good.

Message for 1901

25: 3-5

Building on the rock of Christ’s teachings, we have a superstructure eternal in the heavens, omnipotent on earth, encompassing time and eternity.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

136: 1-2; 29-32

Jesus established his church and maintained his mission on a spiritual foundation of Christ-healing.

The disciples apprehended their Master better than did others; but they did not comprehend all that he said and did, or they would not have questioned him so often.

137: 8-11; 16-15 (next page)

Yearning to be understood, the Master repeated, “But whom say ye that I am?” This renewed inquiry meant: Who or what is it that is able to do the work, so mysterious to the popular mind?

With his usual impetuosity, Simon replied for his brethren, and his reply set forth a great fact: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God!” That is: The Messiah is what thou hast declared, — Christ, the spirit of God, of Truth, Life, and Love, which heals mentally. This assertion elicited from Jesus the benediction, “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven;” that is, Love hath shown thee the way of Life!

Before this the impetuous disciple had been called only by his common names, Simon Bar-jona, or son of Jona; but now the Master gave him a spiritual name in these words: “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter; and upon this rock [the meaning of the Greek word petros, or stone] I will build my church; and the gates of hell [hades, the underworld, or the grave] shall not prevail against it.” In other words, Jesus purposed founding his society, not on the personal Peter as a mortal, but on the God-power which lay behind Peter’s confession of the true Messiah.

It was now evident to Peter that divine Life, Truth, and Love, and not a human personality, was the healer of the sick and a rock, a firm foundation in the realm of harmony. On this spiritually scientific basis Jesus explained his cures, which appeared miraculous to outsiders. He showed that diseases were cast out neither by corporeality, by materia medica, nor by hygiene, but by the divine Spirit, casting out the errors of mortal mind. The supremacy of Spirit was the foundation on which Jesus built.

Miscellaneous Writings

163: 14-21

His words were articulated in the language of a declining race, and committed to the providence of God. In no one thing seemed he less human and more divine than in his unfaltering faith in the immortality of Truth. Referring to this, he said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away!” and they have not: they still live; and are the basis of divine liberty, the medium of Mind, the hope of the race.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

269: 21-28

The testimony of the material senses is neither absolute nor divine. I therefore plant myself unreservedly on the teachings of Jesus, of his apostles, of the prophets, and on the testimony of the Science of Mind. Other foundations there are none. All other systems — systems based wholly or partly on knowledge gained through the material senses — are reeds shaken by the wind, not houses built on the rock.

Miscellaneous Writings

263: 5-14

These two words in Scripture suggest the sweetest similes to be found in any language — rock and feathers: “Upon this rock I will build my church;” “He shall cover thee with His feathers.” How blessed it is to think of you as “beneath the shadow of a great rock in a weary land,” safe in His strength, building on His foundation, and covered from the devourer by divine protection and affection. Always bear in mind that His presence, power, and peace meet all human needs and reflect all bliss.

152: 26-29

Into His haven of Soul there enters no element of earth to cast out angels, to silence the right intuition which guides you safely home.

Unity of Good

6: 4-9

Sooner or later the whole human race will learn that, in proportion as the spotless selfhood of God is understood, human nature will be renovated, and man will receive a higher selfhood, derived from God, and the redemption of mortals from sin, sickness, and death be established on everlasting foundations.

Miscellaneous Writings

383: 9-15 (Christian Science)

Christian Science is founded by its discoverer, and built upon the rock of Christ. The elements of earth beat in vain against the immortal parapets of this Science. Erect and eternal, it will go on with the ages, go down the dim posterns of time unharmed, and on every battle-field rise higher in the estimation of thinkers and in the hearts of Christians.




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