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P
ossible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“God the Preserver of Man”
for June 14, 2020

by Lindsey Biggs, C.S of Maryland Heights, MO
540 460 3515 biggs.lindsey@gmail.com

P.S.S.T. for Golden Text

What does it mean to trust God during times of uncertainty? What impact does a confident, steadfast trust in God have on us?

P.S.S.T. for Responsive Reading

Describe some qualities of a rock. What does it mean that God is our rock? What does this tell us about the nature of God and our ability to lean on God?

Your class might enjoy looking up the spiritual definition of rock in the Glossary, which says in part:

ROCK. Spiritual foundation; Truth.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (SH), Mary Baker Eddy, p. 593:18) Explore the free online Concord for other references to rock, too.

Concord has free “guest access” so students can look up favorite passages 24/7 from their phones or other devices wherever they are.

P.S.S.T. for Section 1 – Following God faithfully

What are some lessons we can learn from exploring Abraham’s life?
Did he express “trustfulness” or “trustworthiness” mentioned in citation S3 (S&H, p. 23)?
What did he leave behind to embark on his new journey?
What were the angel messages that helped him along the way?
Do your students feel they could do something similar if it was asked of them? Why or why not? What would they need on their journey to help them have “trust in good” (S2, 579:10)?
Explore the definition of Abraham in the Glossary (S2, 579:10) and see what we can learn from following Abraham’s example.

P.S.S.T. for Section 2 – God is guiding and guarding our every step

See if your students can memorize Proverbs 3:5, 6 “Trust in the Lord…”
How does this passage help us?
Many students may be working on summer plans with their families, camps, summer jobs, etc. How can memorizing and praying with this passage help us when taking unknown steps?
Do we have to know the whole outcome of an event before we can take the first step?
Why or why not?

Citation S7 (Science and Health, p. 444) is a great corresponding passage and includes a quote from Romans 8:28: “All things work together for good”. This implies that we can have everything we need and that every detail can work together for good.
So, whatever plans your students may be making, we can know that it can all work together for the glory of God.

Look up some synonyms for “trust” to get an even bigger sense of trust: Confidence, expectation, faith, hope, assurance, certainty, conviction, dependence, positiveness, reliance, and sureness are some examples.

P.S.S.T. for Section 3 – Nothing can withstand the power of divine Love

How wonderful to know that God’s will for us is freedom!
So, whatever doubt or worry tries to enslave us, it is opposed to God’s government.
It can’t stand! Nothing can withstand the power and presence of divine Love.
Just like when you turn on a light, the darkness disappears instantly. We can turn on the light of Truth and Love in our thinking and watch the shadows disappear.
See if your students can put this into practice this week and share fruitage in next week’s class!

P.S.S.T. for Section 4 – Dwell in the safety and comfort of the “secret place”

Psalm 91 is a great one for students to pray with whether they are traveling this summer or staying at home. What is the “secret place of the Most High”?
What does it feel like to dwell there? Can we be in this secret place all the time?
Can we take it with us? If we can take it with us, what qualities does this mean that we always have with us?
Safety, assurance, comfort, trust, love; having all of our needs met by God; knowing we are at one with God.

See if your students can write this Psalm 91 in their journals or print it for them.

How does this Psalm 91 relate to “What our Leader says” in Miscellany on page 210?

“The right thinker abides under the shadow of the Almighty. His thoughts can only reflect peace, good will towards men, health, and holiness.”

(The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 210)
Explore these two passages together and see if you can find similarities and contrasts.

P.S.S.T. for Section 5 – Paul’s example shows how we can trust in good

We can learn so many lessons from Paul about trust. What are the ways that Paul trusted in God in this Bible account? What was the angel message that helped him on his way?
Notice that he was able to express leadership qualities and comfort others in the group through the angel message he received. Your students may have opportunities this summer to be a leader and utilize the angel messages they receive to help others in a group!

How did Love create “trust in good” through this experience? (Remember the definition of Abraham in the Glossary, SH 579:12?)

How was Paul living the fact that “nothing could alienate him from God, from the sweet sense and presence of Life and Truth”? (S21, 303:30)
How can your students embody that same clear conviction that Paul felt?

What does it mean for the “evidence before the material senses yielded to spiritual sense”? (S21, 303:30)
What role does yielding to God play in healing and following God’s guidance and direction?

Hint: think of a traffic “yield” sign – pause and let God go first!

P.S.S.T. for Section 6 — We can never lapse from God’s law of harmony!

Citation S24 is a great spiritual fact to pray with for healing (Science and Health, p. 470:32).

How can knowing that there is no lapse from God’s law of perfection help us in our healing work?
We can know there is no accident or injury – no time when man has ever fallen – and this can help us experience full and complete healing!
See if some of your students have ever prayed with that statement before.

We can know that no matter what the material picture reports, we have never fallen from God’s grace and glory. Knowing this paves the way for healing!

Enjoy your classes!

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