The Wisdom of Daily Study

In the Manual of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, says (Art. III, Sect. 1), "The Readers of The Mother Church and of all its branch churches must devote a suitable portion of their time to preparation for the reading of the Sunday lesson,—a lesson on which the prosperity of Christian Science largely depends." This is a very definite statement, and is there any reason for students of Christian Science who are not Readers in churches to feel that it is not important for them also to study these Lesson-Sermons in the Christian Science Quarterly?

Students of Christian Science are increasingly grateful to Mrs. Eddy for her unselfish and untiring efforts in establishing the Christian Science movement. They realize more and more each day the wisdom of our Leader in her selection of the subjects of our Lesson-Sermons and the provision she made for their continuity. It has been said that we get out of experience just what we put into it, and students of Christian Science verify this statement as it concerns their growth in the understanding of Christian Science. For this reason students are happy to spend some time each day in the study of our Leader's writings, not from fear that something terrible will happen to them if they do not study, but because they actually want to receive a better understanding of this subject. They realize the necessity for quiet study and meditation to increase their knowledge of things spiritual.

We have the Scriptural injunction (John 5:39), "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." Also we read in Acts 17:11, "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."

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