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[P.S.S.T.: Help students act like they have the mind of Christ throughout the coming week!]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on;

for Sunday, August 24, 2014

By Steve Henn, C.S. St. Louis, Missouri
[Steve's been a CedarS Program Director & teaches English at The Principia School.]

PSST Golden Text (GT) – Who is blessing the name of God, and why? (Hint: read the whole story – it's a great one to read with your students and then to discuss how this story truly exemplifies the abilities of Mind)

     What happens when we acknowledge that wisdom and might always come from God?

PSST Responsive Reading (RR) – How do you know the difference between right and wrong?  How can you tell the difference between what is true and what is false?  This RR gives great thoughts about how to begin these discussions.  Start here and see where the conversation goes.  Allow your students to struggle with these questions a bit – in fact, if they aren't struggling with them, challenge them to think more deeply about their responses.

PSST Section 1 – Psalm 92 (B2) is specifically dedicated to the Sabbath Day. Read the full Psalm with your class and discuss what this Psalm encourages us to do on the Sabbath day. This could be a great place to discuss how we can approach our prayers on the Sabbath, including how to pray silently in the morning, or at Sunday School.

Read citations B4 and S1 together and discuss what must be true of God and us; then discuss what must be true of our experience.

PSST Section 2 – What are your students committed to doing?  What are the central purposes/aims/goals of their lives right now?  Read this section and pay particular attention to citations B8, S7 & S9.  Discuss what it would be like to truly have a God-centered purpose in all that they do.  How would it impact their approach to athletics, school, friends, family, church?

PSST Section 3 – How old are your students?  How curious are they about God and His government? What can you do to support their curiosity, to get them asking more questions? Read the story of young Jesus in this section and draw your students' attention to how Jesus was acting as a 12-year-old.  Also remember to see this same ability and love of God in your students, no matter how young. Doubt not their ability, no matter how young – encourage them to engage in conversations about God and to ask the questions that are really burning inside them.

PSST Section 4 – What is the purpose and effect of Christian Science? How is this demonstrated in the story of Jesus from this section of the lesson?  How can we be open to this effect in our lives?

PSST Section 5 – If a double-minded man is unstable, what does it take/mean to be single-minded in all our ways?  Mrs. Eddy gives a great picture of how to measure true success in our lives (S23).  Read through this with your students (read from the Science and Health if you can to grasp the context of this statement) and discuss how your students measure success – how can they measure it differently and what would be the result/impact in their lives?

PSST Section 6 – Read through this entire section with an eye for what it means to be renewed by the transforming of the mind. How do we do that, and what is the result?  Turn back to Sections 5 and 2 for further exploration of this question as well.

PSST Section 7 – Work to help them understand citation B23.  This is not a hopeful future statement.  It is a declaration of a present reality.  How can you help them understand the reality of this statement?  How can you help them act as though they have the mind of Christ throughout the entire coming week?


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