Bible Study from May 1st, 2021

Sincerity is Sure of Success, Because God Takes Care of It

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Everlasting Punishment

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The restoration of pure Christianity rests solely on spiritual understanding, spiritual worship, spiritual power. Ask thyself, Do I enter by the door and worship only Spirit and spiritually, or do I climb up some other way? Do I understand God as Love, the divine Principle of all that really is, the infinite good, than which there is none else and in whom is all? Unless this be so, the blind is leading the blind, and both will stumble into doubt and darkness, even as the ages have shown. To-day, if ye would hear His voice, listen to His Word and serve no other gods. Then the divine Principle of good, that we call God, will be found an ever-present help in all things, and Christian Science will be understood. It will also be seen that this God demands all our faith and love; that matter, man, or woman can never heal you nor pardon a single sin; while God, the divine Principle of nature and man, when understood and demonstrated, is found to be the remote, predisposing, and present cause of all that is rightly done.

— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 152

Topic:Blow Ye the Trumpet in Zion

Moderator:Lynda from NJ

Bible Readings: Joel 1, 2, 3

Questions:

  1. Who is Joel?
  2. What lesson is Joel trying to teach?
  3. What do the the people need to do?
  4. What are God’s promises?


Notes from the Discussion




ii. In 1915 a devastating plague of locusts covered what is modern-day Israel and Syria. The first swarms came in March, in clouds so thick they blocked out the sun. The female locusts immediately began to lay eggs, 100 at a time. Witnesses say that in one square yard, there were as many as 65,000 to 75,000 eggs. In a few weeks they hatched, and the young locusts resembled large ants. They couldn’t fly yet, and got along by hopping. They marched along 400 to 600 feet a day, devouring every speck of vegetation along the way. After two more stages of molting they became adults who could fly – and the devastation continued.

a. Now, therefore … Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning: Because they heard the warning of judgment, God’s people should repent. It’s doesn’t make their repentance less valid because they had to be scared into it. The important thing is that they turn back to the LORD in sincerity, and God tells them how.

i. Sincere repentance is to turn to God, and therefore away from our sin.

ii. Sincere repentance is done with all your heart, giving everything you can in surrender to God.

iii. Sincere repentance is marked by action (with fasting) and emotion (with weeping … mourning). Not every act of repentance will include fasting and weeping, but if action and emotion are absent, it isn’t real repentance.

— from enduringword.com, Joel 2




Sincerity: Honesty of mind or intention; freedom from hypocrisy, disguise or false pretense.

— From 1828 Webster’s Dictionary




Spurgeon tells the story of a woman who came seeming to be in great sorrow, saying what a great sinner she was, but Spurgeon suspected her repentance wasn’t sincere. He said, “Well, if you are a sinner of course you have broken God’s laws. Let’s read the Ten Commandments and see which ones you have broken.” They started at the first: “You shall have no other gods before Me,” and Spurgeon asked her if she ever broke that commandment. “Oh no,” she said, “not that I know of.” “‘You shall not make any graven image’ – did you ever break that one?” “Never, sir,” she answered. As you might suppose, Spurgeon went through all Ten Commandments and she could not find a single one that she had broken, and what he suspected was true. She didn’t really consider herself a sinner, and she was making a show of repentance because she thought it was expected of her.

— from Bible Study




Commentary “Micah’s Message for To-day”, May 30, 1886, Scripture: Joel 2:25 by Charles Spurgeon




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Our business … on earth must especially be, to secure an interest in our Lord Jesus Christ; and we should seek to be weaned from objects which will soon be torn from all who now make idols of them.

— from Matthew Henry Bible Commentary, Joel chapter 2, by Matthew Henry




In the spirit of Christ’s charity, as one who “hopeth all things, endureth all things,” and is joyful to bear consolation to the sorrowing and healing to the sick, she commits these pages to honest seekers for Truth.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page xii: 23-27




Christian Science is a positive way of life. Mrs. Eddy’s motto was “Prepare war.” Prepare war against anything that would usurp your right to claim your dominion as a child of God. Claim the mind of Christ as your own mind.

— from Sermons and Articles by Doris Evans, page 133


“Fight the good fight with all thy might,” is the first line of a loved hymn. It expresses the spirit of true Christian Science. The motto of our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, was said to be “Prepare War.” But, war on what? War on everything that would limit or afflict mankind.

Being a Christian Scientist is not a passive undertaking. It is an active way of life filled with the joy of accomplishing a holy purpose. It is totally unselfish. It reaches out to its brother man, and is genuinely helpful.

— from Sermons and Articles by Doris Evans, page 139




Daily Duties: from The Christian Science Manual by Mary Baker Eddy




Honesty is spiritual power. Dishonesty is human weakness, which forfeits divine help.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 453




Link to Book: Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Footsteps by Gilbert Carpenter




Ages pass, but this leaven of Truth is ever at work. It must destroy the entire mass of error, and so be eternally glorified in man’s spiritual freedom.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 118




180 — WATCH that you make the right decision in the valley of decision (Joel 3:14). One is called upon to decide between a human experience that is harmonious under the effects of demonstration, but which brings little growth, and one that brings increasing development because of constant problems. There can be little development unless one has opportunities to demonstrate.

… The right decision in the valley of decision is to desire to have every error driven out from its hiding place as fast as one’s growth permits, so that it may be destroyed. One’s path may not be smooth under this regime, but it will lead to freedom both for oneself and others.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter




First thing in the morning, “before your feet hit the floor”:

God is Mind. God is my mind. God is the only pure Mind.

God is Life. God is my life. God is the only Life.

— Plainfield Roundtable




Link to Book: Message for 1900 by Mary Baker Eddy




Link to Book: Message for 1901 by Mary Baker Eddy




Love for God and man is the true incentive in both healing and teaching. Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 454




“Whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” In Christian Science, a denial of Truth is fatal, while a just acknowledgment of Truth and of what it has done for us is an effectual help.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 372




It has long been a question of earnest import, How shall mankind worship the most adorable, but most unadored, — and where shall begin that praise that shall never end? Beneath, above, beyond, methinks I hear the soft, sweet sigh of angels answering, “So live, that your lives attest your sincerity and resound His praise.”

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 106




A deep sincerity is sure of success, for God takes care of it.

— from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 203




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