Bible Study From January 23rd, 2021

Cleanse Your Heart of Prejudice

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Truth

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Bible Study Questions and Readings

Then said the woman of Samaria unto Him, How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

— John 4: 8,9 from King James Bible Dictionary

But our Lord did not come to maintain these distinctions of race and caste. It is altogether foreign to the spirit of Christianity for nationalities to be despised. We sometimes hear people say of a person, “Oh, he is only So-and-So!” mentioning some nation that happens to be in the background. Christ was cosmopolitan, He loved men of every nation, and tribe, and tongue, and people. To Him, there was neither Jew nor Samaritan; all such distinctions were banished from His mind.

— “Jesus Sitting on the Well” by Charles Spurgeon

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

— Galatians 3: 28 from King James Bible

The teachings and demonstration of Jesus were for all peoples and for all time; not for a privileged class or a restricted period, but for as many as should believe in him.

— from “Prayer and Healing” in Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 244: 26-29

Topic: Jesus and the woman at the well.

Moderator: Susan from MA.

Bible Readings: John 4:1-42

Optional Readings: “Jesus Sitting on the Well” by Charles Spurgeon

Questions:

  1. Why did Jesus leave Judea to go to Galilee?
  2. Why is it significant that Jesus went through Samaria, and interacted with a Samaritan woman, instead of taking another route?
  3. What is the water that Jesus was referring to? (John 4: 10, 14)
  4. Why did Jesus bring up the woman’s marital history? (John 4: 16-18)
  5. What announcement did Jesus make and how were others blessed from this interaction? (John 4: 26, 28-30, 39-42)

Notes from the Discussion

I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.

— from Martin Luther King, Jr.




This is my support, that the male and female natures are equally expressed, coexistent in me. This is the way that I exist and is the reason I never lack. It is because I am of the nature of infinite completeness; there is never anything in my experience in which the male and female qualities are not infinitely at one, supporting each other.

It is because my spiritual inspiration is perfectly balanced with scientific understanding; because my joy is perfectly balanced with courage, and because my love is perfectly balanced with strength. My tender emotional nature is perfectly balanced with thought, reason and understanding ; therefore I am a state of perfect protection, perfect substance, and I am supported by my own infinity. I am the presence of substance, because there is no unsupported idea in me.

My manhood takes care of my womanhood, defends, protects, and supports her. My joy is defended and protected by my courage. My love is protected and defended by my understanding, by the strength of my scientific understanding which is omnipotence. I am never undefended and my womanhood cherishes my manhood. My tender affection cherishes my scientific understanding and unfolds love to it, takes care of it, watches over it with love, and gives it every opportunity to unfold and demonstrate itself in perfect harmony, unity, equality, and unfoldment. So my nature is complete.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 73




The success of the gospel exasperates its enemies, and it is a good sign that it is getting ground when the powers of darkness are enraged against it.

— Matthew Henry Commentary




But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

— Acts 1:8 from the King James Bible




Lack of love is the only trouble in the world today. Love alone will heal the distrust, jealousy, fear, and ignorance of the race.

— Read more … “The Power of Love” by Bicknell Young




— Article “Ways That Are Vain” Misellany, by Mary Baker Eddy




He asked me to promise him two things; one was — do not grieve, because there is no separation — and the other — do not be offended by anyone, for they do not know you as you really are; if they did they would love you.

— Read more … “There Is No Death”, A letter sent to Herbert Eustace from one of his students




Millions of unprejudiced minds — simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert — are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, and never fear the consequences. What if the old dragon should send forth a new flood to drown the Christ-idea? He can neither drown your voice with its roar, nor again sink the world into the deep waters of chaos and old night.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 570




Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love — be it song, sermon, or Science — blesses the human family with crumbs of comfort from Christ’s table feeding the hungry and giving living waters to the thirsty.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 234




…the direct result of … prayer [is], “Give us this day our daily bread,” or, in other words, “Enable us each day to make the demonstration requisite for the needs of this day.” …

It is the claim of laziness that prompts mortals to use “warmed over” dem­onstrations, in order to avoid the work of making a fresh one — the one for the day. The demonstration that results in man’s human needs being met is a simple one in Science, when the human obstacle — or argument of pessimism, fear and false desire — is removed, just as it is simple to drink from a bottle when the cork is pulled out. Every time one desires to drink of the living waters of Truth he may do so, by removing the cork of belief — the obstacle that animal magnetism would place between man and all good.

We do not want “warmed over” demonstrations in Science, any more than we want today the ginger ale that was poured out of the bottle last night. It has lost all its effervescence. The right way is to open a fresh bottle each time one wants a drink, and to pour out a sparkling glass full. Mrs. Eddy’s rule was not to yield to human laziness and attempt to do a constructive thing with a demonstration of the past, even though the manifestation of that demonstration might still appear to be good. … Mrs. Eddy looked upon demonstration as the valuable thing, which one can make any time, anywhere, any moment that it is needed. Why cling to the fruit of a past demonstration, when one can make one today that will supply the bread of today?

— from Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Precepts by Gilbert Carpenter




This Gospel has two characteristics seldom found together: deep thought and vivid character-drawing. Nothing can be more clear-cut and dramatic than the scene in the chapter before us. There is not a word of description of this Samaritan woman. She paints herself, and it is not a beautiful picture. She is apparently of the peasant class, from a little village nestling on the hill above the plain, come down in the broiling sunshine to Jacob’s well. She is of mature age, and has had a not altogether reputable past. She is frivolous, ready to talk with strangers, with a tongue quick to turn grave things into jests; and yet she possesses, hidden beneath masses of unclean vanities, a conscience and a yearning for something better than she has, which Christ’s words awoke, and which was finally so enkindled as to make her fit to receive the full declaration of His Messiahship, which Pharisees and priests could not be trusted with.

— from MacLaren Expositions Of Holy Scripture







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