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[P.S.S.T.: Let there be LIGHT—and REALITY all around!]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

Reality
for Sunday, March 29, 2015

By Tom and Amy Evans, former CedarS staff members

What is the connection with light and reality? Look for the number of times that light is mentioned in the lesson. It is found in every section. Why is it so important to be focused on light when seeing what’s real?

P.S.S.T. for Golden Text and Responsive Reading
1 John 1:5 starts and finishes this week’s lesson. Did you know that? The Bible Lesson committee has been doing this kind of repetition frequently. How does this cement the core message or theme of the lesson?

Why can God say, “fear not”? Why is there nothing to fear? What replaces that fear?

P.S.S.T. for Section 1
Why is the earth being without form important to creation and reality? (B1) Would there be a place for creation if there was already something there? Citation B3 talks about opening our eyes and hating every false way. What do these two statements mean? What do they have to do with reality? What are the roles of spiritual sense and spiritual understanding (S3)? “The reality of all things brought to light”—how does that work? What happens to “all things” when they are brought to light? Is there a change in reality? Is the change rather, in our perception of the things?

Expand your concept of what light is. It’s not just photons being emitted from a source like a lightbulb or the sun.

Make a list of what light is and from what it is emitted in this week’s lesson. After you have a list, go back and look at the section again. What new insights do you have? Here, we started a citation list in Section 1 for you:

B1 Literal light, spiritual creation

B3 Guide: Commandments are a light or guide “lamp to my feet”

S1 Location where “God, Spirit” dwells. This light shines the “true idea” and can only be reflected “by the good”. Wow!

S3 Understanding of spiritual reality.

P.S.S.T. for Section 2
In citation B5, why did Jacob insist on being blessed? Are we that insistent on finding our blessing? How can we be? The Hebrew people named their land after the new man Jacob became. This one episode was a defining moment for an otherwise, less than honest Jacob. Why is this quality of persistence so meritorious [or commendable]?
In citation S6 Mrs. Eddy gives a detailed description of the event. In her analysis, is Jacob wrestling with anything physical? Hint: No. “Jacob was alone” Mrs. Eddy uses italics sparingly. She wants us to see that he was wrestling with suggestions, with thought, in deep prayer. The author of Genesis 32 calls Jacob or Israel a “prince” because of this mental battle. Do you think of your prayers as not only noteworthy, but also royal or noble actions?

P.S.S.T. for Section 3
Look at the parable of the tares and the wheat in citation B8. What is the wheat in your experience? What are the tares? How do they grow side by side? When do you gather the wheat and burn the tares? Citation S10 says “light and darkness cannot mingle.” This idea is so simple, yet we need to take a moment and reason it through. How does Mrs. Eddy use this truth as an analogy to describe “human mind-forces”? What are “human mind-forces” besides darkness? Can you give an example? Where is there light in citation S12? When the pleasures of mortality perish in the “blaze of Truth” do you think that bonfire will be very bright? Who will see this beacon of spiritual progress? Mrs. Eddy writes in citation S13 that “error is a coward before Truth.” What do cowards do? Give an example from your own experience of seeing error as a coward. Have your student(s) stand up and read “Error is a coward before Truth” with confidence. Why is this the case? Hint: read the first sentence in citation S13. It has to do with the subject of reality J.

P.S.S.T. for Section 4
What childish things should we put away (B10)? What do we see when we look in a mirror (a glass as Paul writes it)? Why is perfection important to understanding reality (S16)? What is the difference between perfection and perfectionism? Which do you want in your experience? In Christian Science we often say that we are “perfect” and this has to be the case. Citation S14 points out that when we see the light of God in the divine reflection there can be no doubt as to humanity’s perfection. Work through this idea with your class: why must perfection be the case? How do we see or grasp proof? Read through S16 to better understand the connection between perfection and reality. Look at Paul’s analogy of a 1st century mirror, a ark glass that was far from today’s clear mirrors.

How is that list of what light is coming along? (see the note at the top of this PSST)

P.S.S.T. for Section 5
What is “the joyful sound” that the psalmist refers to in citation B12? What are the 3 spiritual traits described in citation B12 of “the people that hear the joyful sound”? If this sound is not physically audible, and “the light of God’s countenance” is not visual, what is this writer talking about? Be specific. It is good to practice discerning spiritual matters. We can see and hear these ideas more readily. The healing of the man at the pool of Bethesda in B13 was immediate. What kind of immediate healings have you experienced? What is the change of base that Mrs. Eddy describes in S19? Why is it important to healing?

P.S.S.T. for Section 6
How does section 6 wrap this lesson up? One possible take is that the heavy lifting and spiritual proofs have been done already. Now we get to bask in the light of spiritual reality and “behold, the kingdom of God…within you” (B14). What supporting verses can you find from the lesson to read citation S24 with confidence? Citations S15 and S17 help us get there for starters. The Golden Text and citation B16, 1 John 1, proclaim it. What are the implications of there being NO darkness at all (B16)? If God is light, are we ever really in the dark?

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