Bible Study From April 20th, 2019
Ours is the Risen Christ
This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Doctrine of Atonement
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Bible Study Questions and Readings
“Easter Message, 1902
“Beloved Brethren:— May this glad Easter morn find the members of this dear church having a pure peace, a fresh joy, a clear vision of heaven here, — heaven within us, — and an awakened sense of the risen Christ.
“May long lines of light span the horizon of their hope and brighten their faith with a dawn that knows no twilight and no night. May those who discourse music to-day, sing as the angels heaven’s symphonies that come to earth. May the dear Sunday School children always be gathering Easter lilies of love with happy hearts and ripening goodness. To-day may they find some sweet scents and beautiful blossoms in their Leader’s love, which she sends to them this glad morn in the flowers and the cross from Pleasant View, smiling upon them.”
From “Easter Message, 1902” in, Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 155
Topic: “These signs shall follow them that believe.”
Moderator: Lynda from PA
Bible Readings: Mark 16
- Where were Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James; and what were they told? (Mark 16: 1, 6, 7)
- Who did Jesus appear first to? (Mark 16: 9)
- What rebuke did the disciples receive? (Mark 16: 10-14)
- What did Jesus tell the disciples to do, and what was the promise? (Mark 16: 15-18)
- What happened after Jesus spoke to the disciples? (Mark 16: 19, 20)
Divine metaphysics is not to be scoffed at; it is Truth with us, God “manifest in the flesh,” not alone by miracle and parable, but by proof; 110 it is the divine nature of God, which belongs not to a dispensation now ended, but is ever present, casting out evils, healing the sick, and raising the dead—resurrecting individuals buried above-ground in material sense.
— from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 109
His disciples believed Jesus to be dead while he was hidden in the sepulchre, whereas he was alive, demonstrating within the narrow tomb the power of Spirit to overrule mortal, material sense. There were rock-ribbed walls in the way, and a great stone must be rolled from the cave’s mouth; but Jesus vanquished every material obstacle, overcame every law of matter, and stepped forth from his gloomy resting-place, crowned with the glory of a sublime success, an everlasting victory.
— Citation 8 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, 44 : 28-5
He took no drugs to allay inflammation. He did not depend upon food or pure air to resuscitate wasted energies. He did not require the skill of a surgeon to heal the torn palms and bind up the wounded side and lacerated feet, that he might use those hands to remove the napkin and winding-sheet, and that he might employ his feet as before.
— Citation 7 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, 43 : 32-19
Upbraid: To charge with something wrong or disgraceful; to reproach; to chide; to reprove with severity.
— From King James Bible Dictionary
“We have but one Mind; and to abide in this perfect freedom of individuality is the resurrection, is to have risen above material or lower demands. … The resurrective sense does not listen compromisingly to error. It is always about its ‘Father’s business’, — reflecting Principle.””
— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 98
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
— from King James Bible, Mark 16: 15-18
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Go, and tell what things ye shall see and hear: how the blind, spiritually and physically, receive sight; how the lame, those halting between two opinions or hobbling on crutches, walk; how the physical and moral lepers are cleansed; how the deaf — those who, having ears, hear not, and are afflicted with “tympanum on the brain” — hear; how the dead, those buried in dogmas and physical ailments, are raised; that to the poor — the lowly in Christ, not the man-made rabbi — the gospel is preached. Note this: only such as are pure in spirit, emptied of vainglory and vain knowledge, receive Truth.
Here ends the colloquy; and a voice from heaven seems to say, “Come and see.”
The nineteenth-century prophets repeat, “Unto us a son is given.”
The shepherds shout, “We behold the appearing of the star!” — and the pure in heart clap their hands.
— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 168