First Church of Christ, Scientist

Sharing Christian Science in Laguna Beach, CA

Readings from Wednesday Testimony Meeting

Go forward without fear

Nov 13, 2019

HYMNS: 290, 351, 175

The Bible

1. Dan. 10:19 O (to :)

O man greatly beloved, fear not:

2. Deut. 7:6 (to :), 7–9, 13 (to :); 8:2, 4, 7, 9 (to ;)

For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God:

The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; ...And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee:

And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.

For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;

A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it;

3. Deut. 33:12 The, 27 (to :)

The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders. ...The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms:

4. Gen. 12:1, 2, 4 (to ;)

Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: ...So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him;

5. Gen. 17:1, 3–5, 7

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. ...And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

6. Heb. 11:8, 10

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

7. II Cor. 6:16 3rd God, 17 3rd and, 18

God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people... and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

8. John 8:1, 2, 12–16 I, 19, 29, 54 it (to ;), 56–58

Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. ...I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true; for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. ...

Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. ...it is my Father that honoureth me;

Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

9. John 10:30

I and my Father are one.

10. I John 3:1 (to :)

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:

11. Eph. 1:3, 4

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

12. Josh. 1:9 Be

Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

13. Prov. 1:33 whoso

whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

 

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

1. SH 473:8–10

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

2. SH 444:10

Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

 

3. SH 12:31–1

In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of God as “a very present help in trouble.”

4. SH 18:3–5

Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated man's oneness with the Father, and for this we owe him endless homage.

5. SH 361:16

As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being. The Scripture reads: “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.”

6. SH 270:7–10 Only

Only by understanding that there is but one power, — not two powers, matter and Mind, — are scientific and logical conclusions reached.

7. SH 470:32

The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.

8. SH 287:24

The supposition that life, substance, and intelligence are in matter, or of it, is an error. Matter is neither a thing nor a person, but merely the objective supposition of Spirit's opposite. The five material senses testify to truth and error as united in a mind both good and evil. Their false evidence will finally yield to Truth, — to the recognition of Spirit and of the spiritual creation.

 

9. SH 288:3

The suppositional warfare between truth and error is only the mental conflict between the evidence of the spiritual senses and the testimony of the material senses, and this warfare between the Spirit and flesh will settle all questions through faith in and the understanding of divine Love.

 

10. SH 410:15

The more difficult seems the material condition to be overcome by Spirit, the stronger should be our faith and the purer our love. The Apostle John says: “There is no fear in Love, but perfect Love casteth out fear. . . . He that feareth is not made perfect in Love.” Here is a definite and inspired proclamation of Christian Science.

 

11. SH 151:26

All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal. The straight and narrow way is to see and acknowledge this fact, yield to this power, and follow the leadings of truth.

12. SH 319:7

Having faith in the divine Principle of health and spiritually understanding God, sustains man under all circumstances; whereas the lower appeal to the general faith in material means (commonly called nature) must yield to the all-might of infinite Spirit.

13. SH 243:4–13

The divine Love, which made harmless the poisonous viper, which delivered men from the boiling oil, from the fiery furnace, from the jaws of the lion, can heal the sick in every age and triumph over sin and death. It crowned the demonstrations of Jesus with unsurpassed power and love. But the same “Mind . . . which was also in Christ Jesus” must always accompany the letter of Science in order to confirm and repeat the ancient demonstrations of prophets and apostles.

 

14. SH 403:14–16

You command the situation if you understand that mortal existence is a state of self-deception and not the truth of being.

15. SH 154:3–15

Disease arises, like other mental conditions, from association. Since it is a law of mortal mind that certain diseases should be regarded as contagious, this law obtains credit through association, — calling up the fear that creates the image of disease and its consequent manifestation in the body.

This fact in metaphysics is illustrated by the following incident: A man was made to believe that he occupied a bed where a cholera patient had died. Immediately the symptoms of this disease appeared, and the man died. The fact was, that he had not caught the cholera by material contact, because no cholera patient had been in that bed.

 

16. SH 392:5–7, 8, 24–32 Stand

Fear, which is an element of all disease, must be cast out to readjust the balance for God. ... The only course is to take antagonistic grounds against all that is opposed to the health, holiness, and harmony of man, God's image. ...Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously. When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears. Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them.

 

17. SH 402:12–13

Man is indestructible and eternal.

18. SH 287:24

The supposition that life, substance, and intelligence are in matter, or of it, is an error. Matter is neither a thing nor a person, but merely the objective supposition of Spirit's opposite. The five material senses testify to truth and error as united in a mind both good and evil. Their false evidence will finally yield to Truth, — to the recognition of Spirit and of the spiritual creation.

 

19. SH 459:24–26

To mortal sense Christian Science seems abstract, but the process is simple and the results are sure if the Science is understood.

20. SH 454:5–9, 10

The understanding, even in a degree, of the divine All-power destroys ear, and plants the feet in the true path, — the path which leads to the house built without hands “eternal in the heavens.” ... Love is enthroned. That evil or matter has neither intelligence nor power, is the doctrine of absolute Christian Science, and this is the great truth which strips all disguise from error.

 

21. SH 566:1–9

As the children of Israel were guided triumphantly through the Red Sea, the dark ebbing and flowing tides of human fear, — as they were led through the wilderness, walking wearily through the great desert of human hopes, and anticipating the promised joy, — so shall the spiritual idea guide all right desires in their passage from sense to Soul, from a material sense of existence to the spiritual, up to the glory prepared for them who love God.