Sunday, February 6th, 2022 Roundtable

Man is not Material; He is Spiritual

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Spirit

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Morning Prayers

The peace of Love is published, and the sword of the Spirit is drawn; nor will it be sheathed till Truth shall reign triumphant over all the earth. Truth, Life, and Love are formidable, wherever thought, felt, spoken, or written, — in the pulpit, in the court-room, by the wayside, or in our homes. They are the victors never to be vanquished.

from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 185

Oh, keep me ever seeing Thee and seeing as Thou seest, my Life, my joy, my All. Oh, that an influx of divine light and glory may enter each and every one of our hearts, and that you be endued anew with power from on high.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 61

Discussion points

269 — WATCH lest you feel confused by the fact that at times in her letters and early editions of Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy wrote, “You are Spirit.” Although this mode of expression does not appear in the latest editions of her works, nevertheless she never indicated that it was incorrect.

The story goes that once Mrs. Eddy touched Adam Dickey’s hand and asked him what it was. When he declared that it was matter, she said, “No, it is Spirit.” He demurred, but Mrs. Eddy again repeated her assertion. Then he quoted the textbook as saying, “God is Spirit and man is spiritual.” She then said, “Nevertheless, Mr. Dickey, it is Spirit.” Here Mrs. Eddy was proving the faithfulness and consistency of her demonstration, showing that no matter how emphatically the senses testified to the lie that Mr. Dickey was matter, she had made the demonstration to see that he was Spirit. If you viewed a beautiful garden in the bright sunshine, and then got lost in the same garden at night, so that every plant appeared to be some fearful monster, if you touched one, your memory would tell you that it was a lovely bloom, if you could subdue your fear sufficiently to recall this fact.

On August 23,1887, she wrote to Mrs. Emma Thompson, “I trust you are strong and know that there is but one Mind, and that this Mind governs you, permeates your body and brains with Truth, hence there is no room for error to steal in, and matter is not you. You are Spirit, the idea of God, and the Mind that was in Jesus must be in you, for God is All, the outside and inside of Truth and — its ideas.”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Galatians 5 : 25

“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

You do now and ever must manifest the God-life that is shining in you. It is working always in every part of your being to will and to do.

There can never be any loss of your faculties — for they are of Soul and not of sense. The Life and strength of which you are the constant recipient, are indestructible and infinite, and nothing can prevent their inflow.

“Age” from Lessons of the Seventh Day, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 134-136

Article — “Letter on Sight”, by Mary Baker Eddy

Article — “Revisions of the Scientific Statement of Being” from Christian Science Journal, March 1918 by Anna S. van Leeuwen

I had never heard distinctly with my left ear, and how great was my surprise when for the first time in my life I heard the tick of my watch with that ear, with which I was never supposed to hear again.

“The truth that man is spiritual.” excerpt from Christian Science Journal, March 1918 by Anna S. van Leeuwen

Forum posts — Spirit — February 6th, 2022

Article — “Compassion” The Christian Science Sentinel, July 18, 1903, by William P. McKenzie

Article — “The Law of Kindness” The Christian Science Sentinel, June 6, 1908, by Rev. William P. Mc Kenzie

Do not fear anything that your present body seems to be doing. Every cell, fiber, tissue, gland, organ, or muscle of the human body exists right now in the one Mind as Idea, and each idea is proclaiming, “I am reflecting God, I am expressing God.” Every cell and fiber of my being is expressing the sovereignty of God, or proclaiming, “I AM.” (See S&H 162:12)

from “Body (First Article)” in Addresses by Martha Wilcox, page 59-60

The real Christian Science compact is love for one another. This bond is wholly spiritual and inviolate. It should never be violated in thought or action even for the sake of maintaining the purity of the letter of Christian Science. For the spirit, the reflection of divine Love, is always more important than the letter. (See Miscellaneous Writings 91: 10.)

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 224

Students are advised by the author to be charitable and kind, not only towards differing forms of religion and medicine, but to those who hold these differing opinions. Let us be faithful in pointing the way through Christ, as we understand it, but let us also be careful always to “judge righteous judgment,” and never to condemn rashly.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 444

Hymn: — 64 from The Christian Science Hymnal, 1932 edition

Article — Sight by A. Kroeger

Final Readings

SPIRIT is the only true conception of being, quite separate from the human concept and always correcting it. Correcting the view is a function of Spirit, and so spiritual clear-sightedness is natural to me, distinguishing all things as they really are.

Through Spirit I see all things rightly, clearly, correctly, distinctly, spiritually. This gives me discernment, so that I differentiate between one idea and another, also between true and false. This firmament of Spirit gives me perception, perceptiveness, perspicacity. It opens the eyes of my understanding. It shows me what is real, and what is unreal.

The clear sight of Spirit does not blind me to faults and errors. Rather I detect them more clearly — but as unrealities. I discern only the good and the true to be real, and so my eye is single. I positively look for the real, the good and the true. In Spirit, good vision is natural, and it is irreversible.

Because Spirit is forever unfolding reality, my vision is daily increasingly clearer. I am glad to see old concepts and false opinions disappear. Spirit brings me new views, the true, new idea, and so brings to birth in my vision the new man.

It is Spirit that does the seeing, not flesh, and the senses of Spirit are indestructible and perfect. My outlook is always positive, never negative, because my vision is spiritual.

— from Notes on True Vision by John Morgan, page 8

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