Progress Attained through the Lesson-Sermon

In the establishing of the Christian Science movement our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, realizing the dangers of personal opinion, was led to ordain the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" to be the only pastor of the Church of Christ, Scientist.

It is self-evident that no person can do our thinking for us. Through the study of the Lesson-Sermon we are aided in gaining the true consciousness of God, good, and of His kingdom. The Christian Science Quarterly gives the Lesson-Sermon week by week. On its first page is an "Explanatory Note," which informs us that in this Sermon no human opinion is expressed, and that it consists of excerpts from the Bible, with correlative passages from Science and Health, the inspired Christian Science textbook. As we continue the daily study of the Lesson our consciousness becomes more and more receptive of spiritual truth; and as we review our progress, it is encouraging to remember that the effort for spiritual unfoldment has been our own, and that "progress is the law of God, whose law demands of us only what we can certainly fulfil" (Science and Health, p. 233).

The Power of Gratitude
May 9, 1936

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