Bible Study from October 9th, 2021

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When we think of the pure, loving, unselfish life Mrs. Eddy must have lived in order to become conscious of this truth and give it to us, words are a poor medium through which to express the gratitude which her followers feel for her. It is best expressed by obediently following her, even as she is following Christ. – H.T. Omaha, Neb.

— From “Fruitage” in, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,
by Mary Baker Eddy, page 630

Topic: Unity of Church, Part 2

Moderator: Thomas from NY

Bible Readings: Ephesians 1-6

Review Part 1 questions:

  1. What is meant by “unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace?” (Ephesians 4:3)
  2. What is “our peace?” (Ephesians 2:14; Isaiah 26:12; 2 Peter 1:2)

Part 2 Questions:

  1. What is the “Gift of God?” (Ephesians 2:8; 3:7; John 4:10)
  2. What does it mean to be a servant of God? (Ephesians 3:7; 6:6)

Notes:

Ephesians 3:7 – Minister (1249: diakonos): a servant, minister; A. T. Robertson: “properly means ‘to kick up dust,’ as one running an errand.”


Ephesians 6:6 – Servant (1401: doulos): bondman, servant, slave; Strong: “From deo; a slave (literal or figurative, involuntary or voluntary; frequently, therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency), bond-man, servant.”


Servant: A person who voluntarily serves another or acts as his minister; as Joshua was the servant of Moses, and the apostles, the servants of Christ. So Christ himself is called a servant, Isaiah 42:1. Moses is called the servant of the Lord, Duet. 34:5. – From Webster’s 1828 (See also Hebrews 3:5)

Notes from the Discussion




ARTICLE “Oneness” Collected Writings by Bicknell Young




Humility is the stepping-stone to a higher recognition of Deity. The mounting sense gathers fresh forms and strange fire from the ashes of dissolving self, and drop the world.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 1




As evidence of her alertness, which obviously transcended the narrow limitations of the material senses, we have her experience when her house at Pleasant View was being painted, as told by her gardener, John Salchow. The painter was Mr. Frost, who was very skilled In matching colors. In those days this was a necessary attainment, since paint of uniform color In cans was unknown. Each batch of paint had to be mixed separately and matched as the work progressed.

On the day in question, Mrs. Eddy returned from her drive after the house had been painted, and work had begun on the barn. She hardly glanced at the barn as her carriage drove by, yet her first words to August Mann were, “Tell Mr. Frost to be more careful about matching his color.” When Mr. Mann gave him Mrs. Eddy’s message, he drew himself up as one whose skill has been challenged, as much as to say, “Who dares to suggest that I could possibly make a mistake In that direction.” But Mr. Mann said, “Remember, Mrs. Eddy said this, and you know how she is.” At once Mr. frost became deflated as it were, and went and got his matching board on which a sample of each mixing had been painted, and compared It with the color he was putting on the barn. At once he said, “By God, it Is darker!”

How did Mrs. Eddy detect this discrepancy, especially since, when colors are perfectly matched, they may appear otherwise, under conditions of sunlight and shade? She relied on that which was beyond material sense in order to know things. Call it spiritual sense, Soul-sense, or what you will. It was a characteristic of her spirituality and a proof thereof, which her followers will manifest as they approximate her point of growth, In putting off the “old man,” or mortal mind, with his limitations, and taking on the new man, part of whose equipment Is alertness, and an ability to know at all times all that he needs to know. It was this fact about Mrs. Eddy that caused those who lived with her to declare with obvious sincerity, “You can’t fool Mrs. Eddy.

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




January 15, 1895

To the Church of Christ, Scientist Beloved Students: Make broader your bounds for blessing the people. Have Friday evening meetings to benefit the people. Learn to forget what you should not remember, namely, self, and live for the good you do. Conduct your meetings by repeating and demonstrating practical Christian Science. Tell what this Science does for yourself, and will do for others. Speak from experience of its Founder – noting her self-sacrifice as the way in Christian Science. Be meek. Let your motto for this meeting be – Who shall be least, and servant, and Little children, love one another.

Affectionately yours, Mary Baker Eddy

Concord, N.H.

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




Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:

— John 8:54 from the King James Bible




Article, “Peace Within” by A. U




For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.—Ephesians ii. 14.

At one with God! and can it be,
The Infinite at one with me?
One Mind one Immortality,
One Spirit from eternity!
I lose myself, and then I see That God is all there is to me.

— “At One with God” from Christian Science Journal, March 1892, By M. W. B.







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