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The Bible is at the heart of Christian Science practice. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, written by Mary Baker Eddy, explores the underlying spiritual law in biblical healing and reformation and how it is applicable to all human needs. Together the Bible and Science and Health are the textbooks used by branches of the Church of Christ, Scientist around the world, which affirms as one of its core tenets: “As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life.”

Students of Christian Science read a weekly Bible Lesson published in the Christian Science Quarterly and accessible to anyone online or in Christian Science Reading Rooms. There are 26 subjects which repeat twice a year and explore the primary themes of Christian Science, including the nature of God, the healing and redeeming power of the Christ, and our spiritual identity as the children of God. Each week, a new Lesson with passages from the Bible and Science and Health offers practical, healing ideas that apply to issues people face every day—from sickness and injury to financial problems, unhappy relationships, and many more. Beyond meeting individual needs, these spiritual truths apply equally and just as effectively to widespread issues such as crime, environmental concerns, war, and poverty.

At the end of the week in which a Lesson is studied individually, it’s read aloud by two Readers as the Sunday sermon in every Church of Christ, Scientist worldwide. Listening to this Lesson-Sermon with the understanding and inspiration gleaned from the week’s study and application of the ideas found in the Lesson contributes to a powerfully healing hour that benefits everyone present and embraces the community. The Bible Lesson is also a key component of instruction for children and young people in Christian Science Sunday Schools.

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December 31, 2018–January 6, 2019

Golden Text | Psalms 144:9 (to :), 15 yea

I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: . . . yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.

Responsive Reading | Exodus 3:1 (to :), 2, 4 God, 7 (to 1st ;), 10–12 (to ;), 13, 14, 15 this

Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian:

And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

. . . God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters;

Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.

And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

And he said, Certainly I will be with thee;

And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

. . . this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

Section 1

The Bible

1 | Isaiah 45:5, 6

I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.

2 | Jeremiah 9:23, 24

Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

3 | Jeremiah 29:11–14 I know (to :)

I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the Lord:

4 | I Corinthians 2:11 what, 12

what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Section 1

Science and Health

1 | 256:12, 16

"Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord."

No divine corporeality

The precise form of God must be of small importance in comparison with the sublime question, What is infinite Mind or divine Love?

2 | 242:3–5

Spiritual baptism

It is only a question of time when "they shall all know Me [God], from the least of them unto the greatest."

3 | 587:5

GOD. The great I AM; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence.

4 | 275:20

The divine completeness

Divine metaphysics, as revealed to spiritual understanding, shows clearly that all is Mind, and that Mind is God, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, — that is, all power, all presence, all Science. Hence all is in reality the manifestation of Mind.

5 | 140:7–13

God invisible to the senses

Not materially but spiritually we know Him as divine Mind, as Life, Truth, and Love. We shall obey and adore in proportion as we apprehend the divine nature and love Him understandingly, warring no more over the corporeality, but rejoicing in the affluence of our God. Religion will then be of the heart and not of the head.

Section 2

The Bible

5 | Genesis 1:31 (to 1st .)

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

6 | I Samuel 16:7 2nd the Lord

the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

7 | I John 1:5 God

God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

8 | Luke 4:14

And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

9 | Luke 18:35–43

And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

10 | I Corinthians 2:9 Eye, 10

Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Section 2

Science and Health

6 | 503:28

God, Spirit, dwelling in infinite light and harmony from which emanates the true idea, is never reflected by aught but the good.

7 | 332:9–15 Christ

The Son of God

Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness. The Christ is incorporeal, spiritual, — yea, the divine image and likeness, dispelling the illusions of the senses; the Way, the Truth, and the Life, healing the sick and casting out evils, destroying sin, disease, and death.

8 | 215:12–18, 22–23

Whatever is governed by God, is never for an instant deprived of the light and might of intelligence and Life.

Light and darkness

We are sometimes led to believe that darkness is as real as light; but Science affirms darkness to be only a mortal sense of the absence of light, at the coming of which darkness loses the appearance of reality.

With its divine proof, Science reverses the evidence of material sense.

9 | 485:4–5

Science declares that Mind, not matter, sees, hears, feels, speaks.

10 | 510:9

Truth and Love enlighten the understanding, in whose "light shall we see light;" and this illumination is reflected spiritually by all who walk in the light and turn away from a false material sense.

11 | 95:30–32

Spiritual awakening

Material sense does not unfold the facts of existence; but spiritual sense lifts human consciousness into eternal Truth.

12 | 516:4

The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.

Section 3

The Bible

11 | Isaiah 46:9, 10 My

Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

12 | John 12:44

Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.

13 | John 5:19 The, 20, 26, 30

The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

14 | Psalms 72:18, 19 (to ;)

Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory;

Section 3

Science and Health

13 | 287:13

God being everywhere and all-inclusive, how can He be absent or suggest the absence of omnipresence and omnipotence? How can there be more than all?

14 | 187:22–24 The

The divine Mind includes all action and volition, and man in Science is governed by this Mind.

15 | 481:2–4

Man is tributary to God, Spirit, and to nothing else. God's being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss.

16 | 136:1–2, 5–6

Jesus established his church and maintained his mission on a spiritual foundation of Christ-healing.

He claimed no intelligence, action, nor life separate from God.

17 | 480:10–12, 13–16

Harmony from Spirit

Consciousness, as well as action, is governed by Mind, — is in God, the origin and governor of all that Science reveals.

Harmonious action proceeds from Spirit, God. Inharmony has no Principle; its action is erroneous and presupposes man to be in matter.

18 | 407:22–24 In

Immortal memory

In Science, all being is eternal, spiritual, perfect, harmonious in every action.

19 | 265:10

This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggests man's absorption into Deity and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man enlarged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent peace.

Section 4

The Bible

15 | Ecclesiastes 2:26 God (to :)

God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy:

16 | I Corinthians 1:1–3

Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

17 | I Corinthians 2:1, 4, 5

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

18 | Romans 11:33

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

19 | Daniel 2:20 Blessed

Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:

Section 4

Science and Health

20 | 275:10–12, 14

To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is.

All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God. These are His attributes, the eternal manifestations of the infinite divine Principle, Love. No wisdom is wise but His wisdom; no truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life but the divine; no good is, but the good God bestows.

21 | 455:20–25

The trust of the All-wise

God selects for the highest service one who has grown into such a fitness for it as renders any abuse of the mission an impossibility. The All-wise does not bestow His highest trusts upon the unworthy. When He commissions a messenger, it is one who is spiritually near Himself.

22 | 6:5–7

Pardon and amendment

God is not separate from the wisdom He bestows. The talents He gives we must improve.

23 | 2:8, 24–25

Deity unchangeable

God is not moved by the breath of praise to do more than He has already done, nor can the infinite do less than bestow all good, since He is unchanging wisdom and Love. We can do more for ourselves by humble fervent petitions, but the All-loving does not grant them simply on the ground of lip-service, for He already knows all.

Can we inform the infinite Mind of anything He does not already comprehend?

24 | 128:14

A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity.

Section 5

The Bible

20 | Isaiah 63:7

I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.

21 | John 14:8, 9

Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

22 | John 15:9, 12, 14

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

23 | I John 4:7 (to ;)

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God;

Section 5

Science and Health

25 | 6:17–18

"God is Love." More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go.

26 | 13:2

Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals. It is the open fount which cries, "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters."

27 | 241:19

The substance of all devotion is the reflection and demonstration of divine Love, healing sickness and destroying sin. Our Master said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."

28 | 31:12–13

First in the list of Christian duties, he taught his followers the healing power of Truth and Love.

29 | 454:17–19

Love the incentive

Love for God and man is the true incentive in both healing and teaching. Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way.

Section 6

The Bible

24 | Deuteronomy 33:27 (to :)

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms:

25 | I Timothy 1:17 (to 1st .)

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever.

26 | Revelation 21:1–5 (to 1st .)

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.

Section 6

Science and Health

30 | 91:1–8

The Revelator tells us of "a new heaven and a new earth." Have you ever pictured this heaven and earth, inhabited by beings under the control of supreme wisdom?

Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love. Here is the great point of departure for all true spiritual growth.

31 | 573:3–9, 13

The Revelator was on our plane of existence, while yet beholding what the eye cannot see, — that which is invisible to the uninspired thought. This testimony of Holy Writ sustains the fact in Science, that the heavens and earth to one human consciousness, that consciousness which God bestows, are spiritual, while to another, the unillumined human mind, the vision is material.

Nearness of Deity

Accompanying this scientific consciousness was another revelation, even the declaration from heaven, supreme harmony, that God, the divine Principle of harmony, is ever with men, and they are His people. Thus man was no longer regarded as a miserable sinner, but as the blessed child of God. Why? Because St. John's corporeal sense of the heavens and earth had vanished, and in place of this false sense was the spiritual sense, the subjective state by which he could see the new heaven and new earth, which involve the spiritual idea and consciousness of reality. This is Scriptural authority for concluding that such a recognition of being is, and has been, possible to men in this present state of existence, — that we can become conscious, here and now, of a cessation of death, sorrow, and pain. This is indeed a foretaste of absolute Christian Science. Take heart, dear sufferer, for this reality of being will surely appear sometime and in some way. There will be no more pain, and all tears will be wiped away. When you read this, remember Jesus' words, "The kingdom of God is within you." This spiritual consciousness is therefore a present possibility.

32 | 336:14–15, 25–26

The spiritual man's consciousness and individuality are reflections of God.

God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God's likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal.

Christian Science Quarterly™ Bible Lessons — Online Edition, Vol. 130, No. 01

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