Church Membership—Its Blessings

In pondering the thought of church membership and its blessings, the writer has realized that the blessing which stands out most prominently to her is the fact that she has learned in Christian Science of the unity of good, and of the equality that appears among men when it is understood that God is All-in-all.

When we become members of a Christian Science church, we are inspired to seek and find the Christ, the Son of God, in each and every one, no matter how many types of mortal mind we may meet. In church membership we find the need to keep the standard of man's perfection constantly before us. In the home, human affection will often condone our faults, or cover them completely, but the responsibilities of church work stimulate our endeavors to attain the demonstration of that sonship which gives us dominion over the false sense of self and promotes unity and peace among men.

In his early experience in church membership someone found himself in the midst of much discord. As he sought a way out of this condition a verse from the Gospel of John came insistently to thought: "Ye believe in God, believe also in me." The latter part of the verse repeated itself over and over again as with a gentle pleading: "Believe also in me." As he endeavored to obey this behest, and to believe that the Christ was present where the manifestation of discord seemed so rampant, a beautiful unity of thought began to unfold among those involved, and a permanent healing followed.

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Teaching in Our Sunday Schools
October 14, 1944

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