Bible Study from March 6th, 2021

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“Spiritual teaching has a purpose beyond a mere impartation of knowledge. It is intended to start in the individual the resurrection of what is termed in Christian Science, spiritual sense, which is the true spiritual nature in man, and constitutes man’s relationship to God as His son. Through it, man understands and reflects Him. Hence, the resurrection of spiritual sense in the conscious activity whereby man reflects divine Mind is the ultimate objective of all spiritual teaching, and everything in the life of the spiritual teacher and pioneer that will aid the student in resurrecting this God-given quality, through the struggle to understand and explain such matters, is significant and important.”

— from “Introduction” in Visions of Mary Baker Eddy as recorded by her secretary Calvin Frye, C.S.D., by G. C. Carpenter, Jr., C.S.B.

Topic: Faith, patience, and God’s blessings

Moderator: Thomas from NY.

Bible Readings: From this week’s Lesson Sunday, March 7th, 2021 Subject — Man


  1. Who were the Ishmaelites?
  2. Describe an injustice done to Joseph and how he responded.
  3. Describe how God blessed people in Joseph’s life (Genesis 37:5)
  4. Joseph was called a “dreamer.” (Genesis 37: 5-7, 19; 40:8) How should we interpret this?

Notes from the Discussion

Resurrection. Spiritualization of thought; a new and higher idea of immortality, or spiritual existence; material belief yielding to spiritual understanding.

— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 593

Church. The structure of Truth and Love; what-ever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.

The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick.

— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 583

So, when day grows dark and cold,
Tear or triumph harms,
Lead Thy lambkins to the fold,
Take them in Thine arms;

Hymn: — Hymn 304 by Mary Baker Eddy

It is safe to leave with God the government of man. He appoints and He anoints His Truth-bearers, and God is their sure defense and refuge.

— from Retrospectio nand Introspection by Mary Baker Eddy, page 91

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

— Acts 10:34 from the King James Bible

While Joseph was there in the prison, the LORD was with him and extended kindness to him, granting him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. … and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field

— from Genesis 39 in the King James Bible

Article — The Man of Integrity by Mary Baker Eddy, page 147

A blundering despatch, mistakenly announcing the death of a friend, occasions the same grief that the friend’s real death would bring. You think that your anguish is occasioned by your loss. Another despatch, correcting the mistake, heals your grief, and you learn that your suffering was merely the result of your belief. Thus it is with all sorrow, sickness, and death. You will learn at length that there is no cause for grief, and divine wisdom will then be understood. Error, not Truth, produces all the suffering on earth

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 386

Instead of being bound for the grave we must know we are on the eternal road of Life, that has no sense of death.

from “Essays Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy” in Essays and Other Footprints (the “Red Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 13

Article — A Miniature Portrait of Joseph by Charles H. Spurgeon

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