Sunday, September 4th, 2022 Roundtable

Blessed is the Man that Endureth Temptation

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Man

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Morning Prayers

Press on, press on, ye sons of light,
Untiring in your holy fight,
Still treading each temptation down,
And battling for a brighter crown.

— Hymn 290 From, The Christian Science Hymnal, 1932 edition

Make supplication to God daily that you may be delivered from all beliefs of sin or of sickness, and after doing this then turn to and demand of yourself to realize their unreality, and recognize your power over the temptation to yield to any such an illusion.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 179

Discussion points

403 — WATCH that you realize that it is more important to learn what man is, than what man is not. Through the handling of error we learn what man is not, and through the reflection of divine Mind we learn what man is. Students should never become so absorbed in working to learn what man is not, that they do not sufficiently emphasize the sequence, that leads to the recognition of what man is as God’s reflection. Mrs. Eddy saw the danger of placing too much emphasis on the negative side of our work, when she directed the students as follows: “Let your minds go out every two hours, ‘All is peace, good will, love, etc.’ Say nothing of error; confine your thoughts to the right side.”

Sometimes students work so assiduously for human harmony, that they forget to continue this effort to the point of realizing divine harmony. Human harmony is cleaning a bottle, whereas divine harmony is filling it with the inspiration of good. Many practitioners clean the bottle for their patients and go no further. They have not really done them any good, nor does their work deserve to be called anything but “mind-cure.” The true Christian Scientist never leaves his patient until he has filled the latter’s consciousness, if possible, with the spirit of God.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: I Corinthians 6 : 20

“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.(James 1:12)

It is not every man who suffers, that is blessed; but he who with patience and constancy goes through all difficulties in the way of duty. Afflictions cannot make us miserable, if it be not our own fault. The tried Christian shall be a crowned one. The crown of life is promised to all who have the love of God reigning in their hearts. Every soul that truly loves God, shall have its trials in this world fully recompensed in that world above, where love is made perfect. The commands of God, and the dealings of his providence, try men’s hearts, and show the dispositions which prevail in them. But nothing sinful in the heart or conduct can be ascribed to God. He is not the author of the dross, though his fiery trial exposes it. Those who lay the blame of sin, either upon their constitution, or upon their condition in the world, or pretend they cannot keep from sinning, wrong God as if he were the author of sin. Afflictions, as sent by God, are designed to draw out our graces, but not our corruptions. The origin of evil and temptation is in our own hearts. Stop the beginnings of sin, or all the evils that follow must be wholly charged upon us. God has no pleasure in the death of men, as he has no hand in their sin; but both sin and misery are owing to themselves. As the sun is the same in nature and influences, though the earth and clouds, often coming between, make it seem to us to vary, so God is unchangeable, and our changes and shadows are not from any changes or alterations in him. What the sun is in nature, God is in grace, providence, and glory; and infinitely more.

— from Matthew Henry Commentary

Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.(James 1:21)

Various images are given to us to set forth the manifold value of the Word of truth. It is compared to “gold and silver” (Psalm 119:72). By St. James in this passage it is called “the engrafted Word,” or “the implanted Word” (R.V.). It is as the graft put into the tree, which, when it takes and grows, changes its whole character and produce. So, when God’s truth enters the soul, it becomes as the germ and origin of a new and holy life.

— “The engrafted Word” by G. Everard, M. A., A Sermon from Bible Hub

In fruit culture the peach-tree teaches a lesson which may illustrate the new birth, or spiritual regeneration. A tree springing from a peach-stone will seldom produce fruit fit to be eaten; but if the stock be budded when quite young with the bud of a cultivated tree, and only the bud allowed to grow, the tree is literally born again, and under the care of the gardener will soon develop into a good and sturdy fruit-producing tree. The so-called “natural” or mortal man in like manner can never “bring forth fruit meet for repentance,” unless he is born again and receives “with meekness the engrafted word.” Paul said, “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Peter speaks of “being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.”

“The Tree Of Life” from Christian Science Journal, July 1913 by Richard P. Verrall

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To strike out right and left against the mist, never clears the vision; but to lift your head above it, is a sovereign panacea.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 335

Seek Truth, and pursue it. It should cost you something: you are willing to pay for error and receive nothing in return; but if you pay the price of Truth, you shall receive all.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 342

“Redeeming the Time”, from Christian Science Journal, February 1916, by Bertha V. Zerega

Final Readings

Beloved Christian Scientists, keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them. It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness. Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited. The self-seeking pride of the evil thinker injures him when he would harm others. Goodness involuntarily resists evil. The evil thinker is the proud talker and doer. The right thinker abides under the shadow of the Almighty. His thoughts can only reflect peace, good will towards men, health, and holiness.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 335

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