Church and Church Membership

The student of Christian Science progresses by putting into practice the understanding he has already attained. This engenders a desire on his part for greater opportunities to serve, and for a closer bond with others treading the same pathway. With this object in view, he will find that church membership provides these greater opportunities, and that uniting both with The Mother Church and a branch church will bring many privileges and benefits.

The responsibilities, however, as well as the privileges and benefits, of church membership should be given due consideration; but the mistake should be avoided of letting the responsibilities outweigh the benefits in our judgment. On page 35 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes: "Our church is built on the divine Principle, Love. We can unite with this church only as we are new-born of Spirit, as we reach the Life which is Truth and the Truth which is Life by bringing forth the fruits of Love,—casting out error and healing the sick." On the first reading of this passage the responsibilities may seem to overshadow the benefits; but on closer study the promise that the fruits of Love are forthcoming as we progress in understanding, takes on a wonderful significance. The greatest privilege vouchsafed to mankind is that of doing good to others. What greater joy and satisfaction could be had than that of being the means of bringing health and happiness to the suffering and inharmonious by destroying wrong beliefs about man? This should be the hope and expectation of everyone who unites with The Mother Church and a branch church.

The City of God
June 27, 1931

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