The motives for joining a branch church are usually gratitude and a wish to take a useful part in the movement that has for its purpose the re-establishment of practical Christianity, which heals sickness and destroys sin. Our Leader's numerous letters to branch churches, many of which are to be found in her Prose Works, are an indication of her realization of the importance of this stage of development. In taking part in the activities of a branch church we begin to learn that "we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another," as Paul pointed out to the Romans (12:5), and that individual activity should forward the unity of all in divine Love.

We cannot be members very long without realizing two very important facts: first that we should neither follow nor seek counsel of material personality; secondly that our primary concern should not be for a merely material structure. Mary Baker Eddy covers both these points in the first paragraph of her definition of "Church" in the Glossary of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," where she writes (p. 583): "Church. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle."

September 6, 1952

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.