Sunday, August 13th, 2023 Roundtable

How to Experience Heaven on Earth

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Soul

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Morning Prayers

My beloved students: Enter into the closet of divine Love and there in humility ask this ever-present power to shield and to defend you from the enemies of your souls and bodies, to defend you and guard you and guide you in the paths of righteousness, pleasantness and Truth.

…Examine your motives; ask if selfish desire governs them; or if in obedience to the divine command you are taking up your cross and following Him. Self-seeking will never result in Soul-finding – in finding divine wisdom and Love apart from self, and self swallowed up in a victory of Soul. There is but one way of salvation from sin, disease and death, and this way is to take up the cross in order to follow Christ; then God, who knows your motive, will reward your act according to that motive and not according to your words.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 160

Discussion points

258 — WATCH lest you lose sight of the fact that you are now in the kingdom of heaven, and that the only reason you do not perceive it, is because your spiritual senses, which alone can testify to this fact, have become atrophied, or been covered up by falsity. The only way to develop or resurrect these senses is through use. We rarely seek to use spiritual sense, unless we are confronted with a problem or question that defies solution by the human mind, or human methods. Hence, we should seek such problems and rejoice when we are confronted by them. They are to be found in the Bible, in Mrs. Eddy’s writings, in her life, as well as in our own lives.

GOLDEN TEXT: Proverbs 16 : 17

“The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.””

Article “One Soul” The 1936 Primary Class by Bicknell Young

…he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul, that keeps on in his way, the way in which the upright walk; whose eyes look right on, and his eyelids straight before him; who ponders the path of his feet, and turns neither to the right hand nor the left; who walks circumspectly and carefully; observes the road he is in, to keep in it, and not go out of it; such a man preserves his soul from many snares and temptations, troubles, dangers, and evils, which he would be otherwise liable to…

— Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible, Proverbs 16: 17

As you constantly realize man’s pure and perfect spiritual origin, you will experience, in your own daily life, evidences of your spiritual sonship, and you will cry, “Abba, Father.” You will know that, as God’s reflection, your every desire is inspired, directed, controlled, and fulfilled by divine Principle, Love. You will know that your hourly purpose in life is to express the abundance of health, loving-kindness, prosperity, and joy which God is impartially bestowing upon every idea in creation. You will know that because divine Love, the perfect cause, enfolds you, no harm can come to you so long as you abide, in loving obedience, under the shadow of His wings, reflecting good. For this reason, no intruding disease can trouble the serene activity of God’s child, for it is not Love’s purpose for its beloved reflection. You are on the highway of salvation. “Cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard tor the people.” Let Christian Science gather out of your thinking all that is unyielding or disobedient. Let it remove any stumbling-block from your mental pathway as you bear onward the standard of divine Principle, so this Principle will guide and guard you on your upward way.

“Christian Science: The Road to Salvation” by Violet Ker Seymer, C.S., of London, England

“The Boy David”, from Christian Science Journal, May 1919 by William D. McCrackan

“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul”; In the Revised Version the last clause is rendered, “restoring the soul.” Science and Health (p. 578) explains this phrase to mean restoring the spiritual sense, and in “Miscellaneous Writings” (p. 73) we learn that “the appearing of divine law to human understanding” constitutes regeneration. As we come to perceive what divine law, “the law of the Lord,” really is, that it is indeed the law of unchanging goodness, of Life and Love at all times and to all persons, and that this law underlies and governs all real existence, we lose the material instincts of fear, rebellion, selfishness, hatred; the mortal personality is regenerated, and the true individuality, or spiritual sense, is “restored,” brought to light. There is no longer any ground for enmity against either God or man.

“The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.”

The restoring of spiritual sense enables us to recognize the testimony of the Lord, the testimony of Spirit, speaking through the spiritual sense and contradicting the false evidence of material sense. The voice of Spirit bears eternal witness to the perfection of God and man, the omnipotence of Truth and Life and Love. It is a sure and ever-present guide, imparting to the simple and humble-minded who are willing to listen and obey, the wisdom and power of omniscience.

“The Nineteenth Psalm” from Christian Science Sentinel, November 6, 1909 by Agnata F. Butler

Final Readings

… “spiritual sense is a conscious, constant capacity to understand God” (Science and Health, p. 209). In a most poetic way, Jesus further defined life, with respect to its normal manifestation upon this human plane, when he said of the growing grain, “First the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.”

…Beauty is inseparable from the life of the springing corn. The rich color, the polished surface of the leaves that move and glint in Gothic lines, its sturdy upright anchorage in the soil, and its no less free response “in gentle curves of courtesy” to the summer breeze,—truly it is a picture for a poet’s pen, and this natural beauty pertains no less to growing men than to growing grain. To express the Christ-ideal is to be chaste, refined, unselfish, joyous, Christlike, and it is withal to be prophetic of and prepare the way for a harvest. “First the blade, then the ear.” There is unfoldment, but there is no separation between cause and effect. The ear is potentially present at every stage of the process and the blade is meaningless without it.

…This is the secret of the field; every least plant is at-one with both soil and sun. It calls vast forces to its aid, it has a genius for appropriation, and it never forgets its goal, “The full corn in the ear.” This, too, is the secret of genuine living in Christian Science. It is to be deeply rooted in the demonstrable truth of being. It is to be thoughtful ever of God; that it is ours to express the beauty and power of immortal Life. It is to rejoice in the sun, the Love that is man’s unfailing light. It is to make manifest the Mind that was in Christ Jesus and daily do his works.

“Genuine Living” from Christian Science Sentinel, January 18, 1913 by John B. Willis

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