First Church of Christ, Scientist

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Readings from Wednesday Testimony Meeting

The kingdom of heaven is within you

HYMNS: 10, 144, 148

Dec 12, 2018

 

HOLY BIBLE

1. Mark 1:14 Jesus, 15 (to :) 

Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand:

2. Matt. 5:1, 2 

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

3. Matt. 6:6 pray 

pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

4. John 5:20 (to :) 

For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth:

5. Matt. 8:1, 18 

When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. ... ¶ Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.

6. Matt. 13:3-12, 15 (to ;), 16, 17, 34, 44, 51 

And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. ... For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; ... But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear and have not heard them. ... All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: ... ¶ Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. ... Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.

7. Ps. 107:21, 29, 43 

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! ... He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. ... Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.

8. Rom. 14:17, 19 

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. ... Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

9. I Kings 18:46 1st the (to ;) 

the hand of the Lord was on Elijah;

10. I Kings 19:1 (to ,), 9, 11, 12 

And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, ... ¶ And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? ... And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lordpassed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lordbut the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

11. Ps. 19:1-4 (to .) 

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

12. Ps. 145:10 (to ;), 13 

All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; ... Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.

13. Heb. 12:28 

Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

14. II Tim. 4:18 

And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve meunto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

SCIENCE AND HEALTH

1. SH 590:1 

Kingdom of Heaven. The reign of harmony in divine Science; the realm of unerring, eternal, and omnipotent Mind; the atmosphere of Spirit, where Soul is supreme.

2. SH 83:16 

The belief that the universe, including man, is governed in general by material laws, but that occasionally Spirit sets aside these laws, — this belief belittles omnipotent wisdom, and gives to matter the precedence over Spirit.

3. SH 339:20-25 

XXXII. As the mythology of pagan Rome has yielded to a more spiritual idea of Deity, so will our material theories yield to spiritual ideas, until the finite gives place to the infinite, sickness to health, sin to holiness, and God's kingdom comes “in earth, as it is in heaven.”

 

4. SH 148:25-26 

Physiology exalts matter, dethrones Mind, and claims to rule man by material law, instead of spiritual.

5. SH 510:2-4 

How much more should we seek to apprehend the spiritual ideas of God, than to dwell on the objects of sense!

 

6. SH 118:26 

The definitions of material law, as given by natural science, represent a kingdom necessarily divided against itself, because these definitions portray law as physical, not spiritual. Therefore they contradict the divine decrees and violate the law of Love, in which nature and God are one and the natural order of heaven comes down to earth.

 

7. SH 119:1-8 

When we endow matter with vague spiritual power, — that is, when we do so in our theories, for of course we cannot really endow matter with what it does not and cannot possess, — we disown the Almighty, for such theories lead to one of two things. They either presuppose the self-evolution and self-government of matter, or else they assume that matter is the product of Spirit.

 

8. SH 205:9-13 

When will it be understood that matter has neither intelligence, life, nor sensation, and that the opposite belief is the prolific source of all suffering? God created all through Mind, and made all perfect and eternal.

 

9. SH 428:8-12 

To divest thought of false trusts and material evidences in order that the spiritual facts of being may appear, — this is the great attainment by means of which we shall sweep away the false and give place to the true.

10. SH 124:14, 25-26 (to 1st .) 

The universe, like man, is to be interpreted by Science from its divine Principle, God, and then it can be understood; but when explained on the basis of physical sense and represented as subject to growth, maturity, and decay, the universe, like man, is, and must continue to be, an enigma. ... Spirit is the life, substance, and continuity of all things.

 

11. SH 264:15-20 

When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness. Spirit and its formations are the only realities of being.

 

12. SH 265:3-15 

Man understands spiritual existence in proportion as his treasures of Truth and Love are enlarged. Mortals must gravitate Godward, their affections and aims grow spiritual, — they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite, — in order that sin and mortality may be put off. This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggests man's absorption into Deity and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man enlarged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent peace.

 

13. SH 183:4, 19-21 

To suppose that God constitutes laws of inharmony is a mistake; discords have no support from nature or divine law, however much is said to the contrary. ... Laws of nature are laws of Spirit; but mortals commonly recognize as law that which hides the power of Spirit.

14. SH 249:8-10 

 

Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine “powers that be.” Such is the true Science of being.

15. SH 2:15-16 

Prayer cannot change the Science of being, but it tends to bring us into harmony with it.

16. SH 4:3-5 

What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.

17. SH 11:31 

Such a desire has little need of audible expression. It is best expressed in thought and in life.

18. SH 16:20-23 

Only as we rise above all material sensuousness and sin, can we reach the heaven-born aspiration and spiritual consciousness, which is indicated in the Lord's Prayer and which instantaneously heals the sick.

19. SH 138:14-15 

The supremacy of Spirit was the foundation on which Jesus built.

20. SH 477:4-5 

Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy.

21. SH 576:21-23 

This kingdom of God “is within you,” — is within reach of man's consciousness here, and the spiritual idea reveals it.

22. SH 264:28 

When we learn the way in Christian Science and recognize man's spiritual being, we shall behold and understand God's creation, — all the glories of earth and heaven and man.