Bible Study from December 7th, 2019

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Beloved students, you have entered the path. Press patiently on; God is good, and good is the reward of all who diligently seek God. Your growth will be rapid, if you love good supremely, and understand and obey the Way-shower, who, going before you, has scaled the steep ascent of Christian Science, stands upon the mount of holiness, the dwelling-place of our God, and bathes in the baptismal font of eternal Love. As you journey, and betimes sigh for rest ‘beside the still waters,’ ponder this lesson of love. Learn its purpose; and in hope and faith, where heart meets heart reciprocally blest, drink with me the living waters of the spirit of my life-purpose, — to impress humanity with the genuine recognition of practical, operative Christian Science.

— from “Pond and Purpose” Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, pages 206-207

Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

— from Acts 3: 25-26 King James Bible

Topic: The Book of Amos, Part 4

Moderator: Thomas from NY

Bible Readings: The Book of Amos, Chapters 1-9

Additional Bible Readings: Hosea 10: 15; Hosea 13: 1-3; Jeremiah 48: 13; 1 Kings 12: 3, 4, 11, 19, 20, 28-30; 2 Kings 17: 6, 12, 18; 1 Kings 13: 1-3; 2 Kings 23: 1-5, 15-18; James 2:6; Proverbs 14: 31

Be prepared to discuss previous question from The Book of Amos, Part 2:

    Be prepared to discuss previous question from Part 2
  1. What did Amos say about Bethel?

Be prepared to discuss previous question from The Book of Amos, Part 3:

  1. What is the restoration that Amos tells us about?

Notes from the Discussion

This text in the book of Ecclesiastes conveys the Christian Science thought, especially when the word duty, which is not in the original, is omitted: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” In other words: Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: love God and keep His commandments: for this is the whole of man in His image and likeness. Divine Love is infinite. Therefore all that really exists is in and of God, and manifests His love.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 340

The guerdon of meritorious faith or trustworthiness rests on being willing to work alone with God and for Him, — willing to suffer patiently for error until all error is destroyed and His rod and His staff comfort you.

— from “Obedience” Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, pages 116-120

Meekness has mighty strength.

— from Bible Study

We must always be mindful of the needs of others.

— from Bible Study

CHURCH. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.

The church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the deonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick.

— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 583

In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:

And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

— Amos 9: 11, 14 from the Kings James Bible

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

— John 4: 24 From the King James Bible

Heal: To restore to right condition.

— From Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

To restore is to bring to past what already is.

— From Bible Study

Our job is not to restore someone else that is God’s job. Our job is to restore ourselves.

— from Bible Study

To repent is to change direction.

— from Bible Study

The whole world is His temple, in which He is every where present, and fills it with His glory;

— from the Matthew Henry Bible Commentary, Acts 7

The real jurisdiction of the world is in Mind, controlling every effect and recognizing all causation as vested in divine Mind.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 379

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