Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 Testimony Meeting | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Wednesday, September 9th, 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 Righteous Prayer of Faith in the Allness of God

Readings: Amanda from MO




Hymns

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The Bible

Isaiah 45: 5 (to 3rd ,), 6

5 I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee,
6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.

Psalms 25: 5 (to ; )

5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation;

Psalms 56: 3, 4 (3rd I), 11 (2nd I), 13

3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
4 …I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
11 …I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

I Timothy 6: 11 (O) (to 2nd ,); (follow), 12

11 …O man of God, …follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Hebrews: 11: 3, 5 (to ; ), 7 (to ; ), 8 (to ; ) 11 (to 1st ,), 20, 24, 27 (to 1st ,), 29 (to : ) 30 (to , ), 31 (to ,)-35 (to 1st : )

3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; …
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; …
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed;
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed,
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, …
29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: …
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down,
31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not,
32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthæ; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
35 Women received their dead raised to life again:

Hebrews 12: 1, 2

1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Matthew 4: 23

23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

Matthew 9: 8 (they)

8 …they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

Matthew 17: 14-21

14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

James 5: 13 (to 1st .), 15

13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray.
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

I Corinthians 2: 5 (your), 8, 12, 16

5 …your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew:
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

473: 8-10

God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power.

135: 20

What cannot God do?

Miscellany

221: 31-14 next page

We earnestly ask: Shall we not believe the Scripture, “The prayer of faith shall save the sick”? In the seventeenth chapter of the Gospel according to St. Matthew, we read that even the disciples of Jesus once failed mentally to cure by their faith and understanding a violent case of lunacy. And because of this Jesus rebuked them, saying: “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.” When his disciples asked him why they could not heal that case, Jesus, the master Metaphysician, answered, “Because of your unbelief” (lack of faith); and then continued: “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove.” Also he added: “This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” (refraining from admitting the claims of the senses).

339: 27-29

The animus of his saying was: Silence appetites, passion, and all that wars against Spirit and spiritual power.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

15: 14-20

In order to pray aright, we must enter into the closet and shut the door. We must close the lips and silence the material senses. In the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings, we must deny sin and plead God’s allness. We must resolve to take up the cross, and go forth with honest hearts to work and watch for wisdom, Truth, and Love.

231: 10 (God)-11

…God, Truth, Life, Love, does heal the sick through the prayer of the righteous.

206: 12(hope)-13

…hope, faith, love — is the prayer of the righteous.

419: 1-7

A moral question may hinder the recovery of the sick. Lurking error, lust, envy, revenge, malice, or hate will perpetuate or even create the belief in disease. Errors of all sorts tend in this direction. Your true course is to destroy the foe, and leave the field to God, Life, Truth, and Love, remembering that God and His ideas alone are real and harmonious.

Miscellaneous Writings

97: 15-19

Christian Science is not a remedy of faith alone, but combines faith with understanding, through which we may touch the hem of His garment; and know that omnipotence has all power. “I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me.”

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

487: 27-6 next page

The understanding that Life is God, Spirit, lengthens our days by strengthening our trust in the deathless reality of Life, its almightiness and immortality.

This faith relies upon an understood Principle. This Principle makes whole the diseased, and brings out the enduring and harmonious phases of things. The result of our teachings is their sufficient confirmation. When, on the strength of these instructions, you are able to banish a severe malady, the cure shows that you understand this teaching, and therefore you receive the blessing of Truth.

Miscellaneous Writings

23: 7-10

The prophets, Jesus, and the apostles, demonstrated a divine intelligence that subordinates so-called material laws; and disease, death, winds, and waves, obey this intelligence.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

368: 10-19

Against the fatal beliefs that error is as real as Truth, that evil is equal in power to good if not superior, and that discord is as normal as harmony, even the hope of freedom from the bondage of sickness and sin has little inspiration to nerve endeavor. When we come to have more faith in the truth of being than we have in error, more faith in Spirit than in matter, more faith in living than in dying, more faith in God than in man, then no material suppositions can prevent us from healing the sick and destroying error.

Miscellany

187: 6-11

May the divine light of Christian Science that lighteth every enlightened thought illumine your faith and understanding, exclude all darkness or doubt, and signal the perfect path wherein to walk, the perfect Principle whereby to demonstrate the perfect man and the perfect law of God.




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