Roundtable Sunday, February 25th, 2024

Let This Mind Be in You Which Was Also in Christ Jesus


This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Mind

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Morning Prayers

All we have to do is one thing; keep the First Commandment, ‘thou shalt have none other gods before (beside) me’ – infinite Mind and that is infinite Love. There is no evil mind; that sweeps away error; there is infinite Mind – good. Infinity is all. There is no other intelligence, life or love. Now work out your problem from this standpoint. If we do not keep the First we cannot keep the Second – ‘to love one another.’ If ye love not man (your brother) whom you have seen how can you love God whom you have not seen? You only love God as far as you love man.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 19-20

The true man, really saved, is ready to testify of God in the infinite penetration of Truth, and can affirm that the Mind which is good, or God, has no knowledge of sin.

— from Unity of Good, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 2

Discussion points

289 — WATCH lest you regard sickness as a direct result of wrong thinking. The direct effect of wrong thinking is to shut one off, in belief, from God, and since health is sustained by Mind, the loss of Mind means the loss of health.

The remote cause of sickness is the error that causes one to let go of God; but the exciting cause is the absence of scientific right thinking. Since there cannot be a vacuum, wrong thinking always takes the place of right thinking, when the latter goes.

Thus one helpful way to circumvent this subtlety is to regard sickness as caused, not by wrong thinking, but by the absence of right thinking. Then one will not cease his efforts until right thinking has been restored.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter


GOLDEN TEXT: Romans 15 : 6

“With one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”


“What Our Leader Says”, from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 210


For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.—Isaiah, 55:8.

God’s way is the way of peace. There is a little word which appears in the first chapter of the book of Genesis fourteen times, and in the text-book of Christian Science over ninety times. This word is let, and it is a very important word to the student of Christian Science. Each student must work for that condition in which he will be willing to let God’s will be done. This work involves the casting out of self with its erroneous beliefs and practices, and in proportion as this is done will there be experienced that peace “that floweth as a river.” In the journey from sense to Soul we meet with problems which are individual and which must be worked out individually, but we need to watch in this good work lest we lose sight of the glorious fact that God’s work is complete, and is good, and that the student’s greatest problem is to let this truth be manifest in his thought and action. The great need is to let that Mind “which was also in Christ Jesus” govern us in all our affairs. The reason we should let this Mind govern is because it is God, divine Truth, and our text-book declares that “what God cannot do, man need not attempt” (Science and Health, p. 231). Should the erroneous suggestion come that we are not able or willing to let God govern us, we need cast out this error.

“God’s Way” from Christian Science Sentinel, March 16, 1907 by Davenport Bromfield


WATCH — No fear of mortal mind. It has no power over us. We have full confidence in divine Mind, for it is All; there is none other.

— from Watches, Prayers, and Arguments by Mary Baker Eddy, pages 30


“Ways That Are Vain”, from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 210


We have no enemies. Whatever envy, hatred, revenge — the most remorseless motives that govern mortal mind — whatever these try to do, shall “work together for good to them that love God.”

Why?

Because He has called His own, armed them, equipped them, and furnished them defenses impregnable. Their God will not let them be lost; and if they fall they shall rise again, stronger than before the stumble.

Hate no one; for hatred is a plague-spot that spreads its virus and kills at last. If indulged, it masters us; brings suffering upon suffering to its possessor, throughout time and beyond the grave. If you have been badly wronged, forgive and forget: God will recompense this wrong, and punish, more severely than you could, him who has striven to injure you. Never return evil for evil; and, above all, do not fancy that you have been wronged when you have not been.

“Love Your Enemies” excerpt from Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 10, 12


First thing in the morning, “before your feet hit the floor” say to yourself:

God is Mind. God is my mind. God is the only pure Mind.

God is Life. God is my life. God is the only Life.

— Plainfield Roundtable


Chapter Ninety-nine “God to Earth … God to Earth … Come In, Please” by Parthens


Chapter Ninety-nine “Wisdom Versus the Human Mind” from Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Footsteps by Gilbert Carpenter


Thoughts shared on the Lesson from readers:

Matthew 6:33. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness;”

“SEEK: To go in search or quest of, in Scripture, to ask for his favor, direction and assistance.” (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)

Instead of seeking first the things of this world through our own effort, we are urged to seek Him first, to develop a right perspective, to exchange natural thinking for godly thinking. So as we trust Him to fulfil His promise to provide for our needs, remembering that He is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, let us take the words of Jesus to heart to seek Him first, and make Him our main focus, today and every day.

“Matthew 6: 33” excerpt from dailyverse.com


Final Readings

In his epistle to the Colossians, Paul uses this expression: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Again he says in Philippians, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” It is obvious that the Mind which was in Jesus did not belong to him alone, was not his personal possession, or we would not be told to have the same Mind in us. In proportion to our letting or allowing, therefore, will we express as did Jesus the Mind of Christ. Jesus was the perfect channel, because he knew absolutely the oneness and allness of Mind, and the consequent impossibility of the existence of minds many.

Several years ago, when my little son was about two and a half years old, we had in our garden a quantity of beautiful sweet peas. The summer of that year was unusually warm, with intensely hot winds which seemed to scorch all vegetation. There had been no rain for weeks, and the sweet pea vines became so dried and brown and lifeless that I had determined to pull them up. The child listened carefully as I audibly voiced my regret that the hot sun and wind had destroyed the flowers. Without a moment’s hesitation he stretched out his hands toward them and said, “Dear little sweet peas, the hot sun can’t unbloom you, because God is Love.” Then he ran away to his play, leaving the problem with God. That very day the transformation began, and from the seemingly dried and brittle plants came forth green leaves and a profusion of most beautiful blossoms. They were the wonder of the neighborhood, being the only flowers of the kind to survive, and they lasted until after the bitter frosts came.

Reasoning from a material basis, every one believes that the brain of a child two years old is not sufficiently developed to think deeply enough to make such statements, and all the human reasoning in the world has never of itself wrought the wonder of physical healing. Then I knew that the Mind which was in Christ Jesus, which is “the same yesterday, and today, and forever,” reflected through the pure consciousness of this little one, had wrought the miracle. I realized too that when we children of a larger growth can sufficiently purify our thought and become as receptive as the child, we too will be perfect channels through which the divine Principle, or Mind, may be manifested. The understanding that intelligence is not dependent upon the development of the brain, has brought a freedom never before experienced, and an ever-increasing gratitude to our dear Leader, Mrs. Eddy, who has made this understanding possible.

“Christ In You” from Christian Science Sentinel, June 3, 1916 by Maude V. Patterson





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