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Bible Study from June 1st, 2019

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They who seek the throne of grace,
Find that throne in every place:
If we live a life of prayer,
God is present everywhere.

In our sickness, in our health,
In our want, or in our wealth,
If we look to God in prayer,
God is present everywhere.

Then, my heart, in every strait,
To thy Father come, and wait;
He will answer every prayer,
God is present everywhere.

— Hymn 341 from the Christian Science Hymnal words by Oliver Holden

Topic: “Contend for the Faith”

Moderator: Thomas from NY

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Bible Readings: Jude 1 : 1-25; Psalm 57 from Tate & Brady; Psalm 57:7-11 commentary from Matthew Henry.

Questions:

  1. Who is Jude? (Jude 1:1; Matthew 13:55-56; Mark 6:3)
  2. How is “peace and love” multiplied? (Jude 1:2; 2 Peter 1:2)
  3. What does it mean to “contend for the faith?” (Jude 1:3)
  4. What are examples of not contending for the faith? (please relate the story behind one of the examples found in Jude).
  5. What is the purpose of the doxology? (Jude 1:24-25; Christian Science hymn Communion Doxology; Psalm 57 as written by Brady and Tate)


Notes from the Discussion

Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: 2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

— Jude 1 : 1 – 2




Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

— 2 Peter 1:2




Contend: To strive; to use earnest efforts to obtain, or to defend and preserve.

— 1828 Websters Dictionary




496 — WATCH that you realize that you are a terror to error, that your consciousness of God is so effective and powerful, and you are the custodian of such vast power, that the moment you apply it, it does things, it dissipates error and leaves the infinite good filling all space. The time must come when we recognize ourselves as aggressors, rather than merely defenders of the faith. There is a temptation to feel that there exists a great lie claiming to be power, and that we must forever protect ourselves against it. Like the knights of old we must ride forth with shield and sword to defend ourselves against error, so that we may destroy it. Yet this conception does not fit Mrs. Eddy’s statement that she used to do her work with the realization that God is All. The answer is that this phase of our experience is a necessary but passing one. We must recognize ourselves as terrors to error, until we can rise to the realization that there is no error, since God is All.

Some students fail because they regard animal mag­netism as a lion, and themselves as but a rabbit. We are the lion equipped with God’s power. The lie retreats when we face it with divine courage.

Mrs. Eddy once said,“Animal magnetism is powerless — but you must declare against it as though it had all power.”

— From500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter




If your feelings get hurt, get rid of your feelings.

— from 1937 College by Bicknell Young




Prayer means that we desire to walk and will walk in the light so far as we receive it, even though with bleeding footsteps, and that waiting patiently on the Lord, we will leave our real desires to be rewarded by Him.

— from Science and Health, by Mary Baker Eddy page 9




There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

— by Shakespeare




I wish as an act of justice that you hold sacredly in your memory that I assume no good or power of myself, that to God alone I ascribe all/ove, wi~dom and power, the All-in-all, the all good; that I am absolutely nothing, a mere instrument in God’s hands to be used as He will. This is the only position for anyone of us to be in.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 213




Be Thou, O God, exalted high;
And as Thy glory fills the sky,
So let it be on earth displayed,
Till Thou art here and now obeyed.

— Hymn 1 from the Christian Science Hymnal







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