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The Servant Church
The purpose of the Church is to serve the people. In the measure that it has left this role of serving for an authoritarian and ritualistic concept of itself, it has lost the function for which Christ Jesus established it. It is a sign of Christian progress that belief in the importance of ceremonies is giving way to a deep desire to serve. But how best to serve humanity is a question.
Jesus' parable of the good Samaritan increasingly impresses its lesson on contemporary thought. Loving our neighbor enough to help him out of trouble, whether it be a question of feeding his hunger, aiding him gain his rights as a citizen, supplying him with decent housing, or developing economic freedom in his behalf, shows the influence that good ethics, taught by the Church, has on individuals and communities. Humane measures prove that Christly compassion in people's hearts is fulfilling the Master's lesson of the parable of the good Samaritan. By teaching love of God and neighbor, the Church enters community life and uplifts it.
There are varying degrees of humaneness, and the highest degree is to give people an understanding of God that equips them to overcome their sinful ways, their sicknesses, their poverty, and the entire mortal sense of life that seems to separate them from God. The main purpose of the Church of Christ, Scientist, is to serve mankind in just these ways.
Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.
The Importance of Listening
GORDON V. COMER
Moral Standards versus Conformity
GLADYS C. GIRARD
Love Meets Our Needs
WILLIAM J. EMERY
WHEN YOU PRAY
Distinguishing Good from Evil
ALLENE E. THORNBURGH
"A faith-lighted thought"
FLINT LEWIS TOWNSEND
The Last Beatitude
LA VONA LINHARDT
Turn to the Light
The Servant Church
Helen Wood Bauman
Why Are We Here?
Alan A. Aylwin
For the protective power of Christian Science I am very grateful...
Barbara D. Morrow
Christian Science was presented to my mother before I was...
Mildred B. Henry
The blessings of Christian Science have been bountiful in my...
Nancy R. Andersen
It is with great joy and gratitude to God for Mrs. Eddy, who...
Beulah Electa Schmidt
If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are...
Aileen E. Anderson
Discovery of the infinite efficacy of Christian Science has brought...
Joy Stonham Robbins
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Ira Zepp