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[P.S.S.T.: Find where turning 180-degrees in thought is needed & discuss how to do so!]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on;

Probation after Death”
for Sunday, April 27, 2014

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

P.S.S.T. Golden Text (G.T.) – The Biblical translation of repent may be different than what we are used to hearing about repenting.  My favorite definition was expressed by a Bible scholar this way, to repent is to turn 180 degrees in thought.  Begin your Sunday school class by providing this definition, and then asking for examples of what in our thought needs to turn around 180 degrees? Then explore the lesson this week for further suggestions, and ways to do this!


P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading (R.R.) – If we are to change our thought, the Responsive Reading this week gives great council as to the direction in which this change should occur. Ask your students to discuss what qualities of thought they see the R.R. encouraging us to pursue.


P.S.S.T. Section 1 – Use this section to form the models of thought that your students want to pursue. What would they like to include in their models? What qualities can they pull from the Bible and Science and Health? What further qualities of thought can they identify as important to them?

Activity: "build models" with your students.  You can choose any format you like. Two examples would be: a) build a model of yourself – bring in outlines of a human figure, and have students identify the qualities they want to express, and then write those qualities on the human figure where they are most appropriate; b) build a model of a house/home – bring in or have your students draw the outline of a house. In the same way, build a model of the life they want to live by placing the most important qualities in the house that they want present in their lives.  Then discuss how to "look at them continually" as Mrs. Eddy instructs.


P.S.S.T. Section 2 – Citation B8 gives a wonderful conversation starter. What is the place God plays in our life? Why go through all this turning and modeling of thought? What is it all for? That we "have [life] more abundantly"! What does a more abundant life look like to your students?


P.S.S.T. Section 3 – This section takes us past building the thought models to the actions that follow.  What is God's will and how do we do it?


P.S.S.T. Section 4 – What is heaven? What is hell? Are they locations, or qualities of thought? Is this not the whole reason for repentance? What is it that puts us in hell? How do we find our way to heaven?


P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What does Jesus' resurrection teach us about life and death, heaven and hell?  Open your copies of Science and Health to pages 496-497. There you will find the tenets of Christian Science.  Find the tenet that speaks to resurrection and discuss why it is so important to our understanding of Life, reality and being.


P.S.S.T. Section 6 – How do we inherit the kingdom prepared for us? How do we develop a more scientific/spiritual consciousness? As your class comes to a close this week, send your students off with the assignment of 'repenting' this week, working to develop a more spiritual consciousness that is continually aware of and looking at the perfect models developed in class.  Then, next week, have them report back to the class what they experienced/learned.

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