Bible Study Questions from September 11th, 2021
Unity of Church
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Bible Study Questions and Readings
The infinite is one, and this one is Spirit; Spirit is God, and this God is infinite good. God being infinite, He is the only basis for Science; This simple statement of oneness is the only possible correct version of Christian Science. Spirit is infinite; therefore Spirit is all. “There is no matter” is not only the axiom of true Christian Science, but it is the only basis upon which this Science can be demonstrated.
— from “The Way of Wisdom”, Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 356-357
Topic:Unity of Church
Moderator:Thomas from NY
Bible Readings: Ephesians 1-6
- What do we know about Christianity in Ephesus?
- What is meant by “unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace?” (Ephesians 4:3)
- What is “our peace?” (Ephesians 2:14; Isaiah 26:12; 2 Peter 1:2)
Notes from the Discussion
In 1886, Mrs. Eddy asked Augusta Stetson go to New York City “to help establish the Christianity of Christian Science.” She added: “There will be plenty of people who will attempt to work in Christian Science, but will only pervert it, and the result will be mental relieve on a material basis, and faith cure. I want the Chrsitianity of Christian Science estabished.”
The following is Mrs. Eddy’s final letter to Augusta, dated August 30, 1909:
Box G, Brookline, Mass.
August thirtieth, 1909
Mrs. Augusta E. Stetson, C.S.B.
7 West Ninety-sixth Street
New York City
My Dear Student:
Your kind letter was duly received. You know that I love you and you know that God has made, and is making His ways and works manifests through Divine Science. I trust He will direct your path in the footsteps of His flock. The Holy Bible, Science & Health and The Mother Church Manual are your safe guides, follow them.
I have not the time to think of the Students in all their varied duties of life, but I have the faith to leave them in the hands of God, who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth none.
As ever yours in Christ,
Mary Baker Eddy
— Excerpts from Augusta E. Stetson, Apostle to the World by Gail M. Weatherbe, pages 13, 74
Article —“Character” by Mary Baker Eddy
Article —“Ways That Are Vain” Misellany, by Mary Baker Eddy
Listen while you read —“Sermon on the Mount” from the King James Bible, Chapters 5-7
Article —“If We Say I Want” from Collected Writings, By Bicknell Young
One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team.
— from Aiden Wilson Tozer
This high sense of spiritual individuality never means that the individual shall subserve his personal ends at the expense of the whole; so that some ambitious and aspiring member can take things into his own hands, and run matters to suit himself. This would result in destruction to the cause of humanity. But, since there are diversities of gifts and diversities of administrations bestowed on men, infinite Wisdom has appointed that the good of all is to be attained by allowing these diversities, working through the one and self-same Spirit, to accomplish that which each supplieth for the welfare of the whole body. So, while none may have his own way or will as against the many, the common good of the whole is subserved by permitting the largest sense of individuality consistent with Truth. Since Christian Science does not dread the light, being itself light, it follows that this light must work its benign results in accordance with immutable Principle, which secures the rights of ALL.
— “In Union There Is Strength” – a discourse preached in Chickering Hall, by the pastor of the Church of Christ (Scientist) Boston from Christian Science Journal, August 1892 by Mary Baker Eddy
Unity is a very difficult thing to maintain and that for several reasons. Our sins would, very naturally, break it; if we were all angels, we should keep the unity of the Spirit, and not need even the exhortation to do so, but, alas, we are proud and pride is the mother of division! Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence, is very sure to head a faction. Envy, too, how that separates friends! When I cannot be satisfied with anything which is not hammered on my anvil, or run in my mold; when another man’s candle grieves me because it gives more light than mine; and when another man troubles me because he has more divine grace than I have — oh, there is no unity in this case! Anger — what a deadly foe is that to unity! When we cannot take the smallest disrespect; when the slightest thing brings the blood into our face; when we speak unadvisedly with our lips — but surely I need not read the long list of sins which spoil this unity of the Spirit, for they are legion! O, may God cast them out from us, for only so can we keep the unity of the Spirit!
— “True Unity Promoted” by C. H. Spurgeon, 1865