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[Pray to heal divisiveness in every situation! (3) Cast out suggestions of inadequacy. (4)]

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

Mind” – August 15-21, 2016

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS 314-308-1059

P.S.S.T. Golden Text – The Golden Text is both a prayer of affirmation and a prayer of petition. Seeking understanding encourages us to place that desire on the altar to alter any situation. Read together Science & Health, page 1:11.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – What roles do wisdom and understanding play in your experiences? From where do wisdom and understanding come? Humanly they appear to come from experience, teaching, training. Spiritually they come from God. Read in the Responsive Reading James 1:5. Read also Matthew 7:7,8 and Jeremiah 29:13, 14 (to:). Read also together Hymn 455 from the Christian Science Hymnal Supplement (below).

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – What gifts or talents do you possess? What is the prayer of petition in citation B3? Do you have a favorite biblical statement that is the word of God speaking to you? One of mine is in Micah 6:8. Look to citation S5 for a statement of Mind’s relationship to you, and yours to Mind. After reading that passage, break it apart and list the words of truth in it:

  • Mind is supreme
  • Mind is over all its formations
  • Mind governs them all
  • Mind is the central sun of all ideas
  • Mind is the life and light of all its vast creation
  • Man is tributary to Mind

P.S.S.T. Section 2 –

  • Does Mind ever forget?
  • Does Mind ever neglect?
  • Does Mind ever separate itself from that which Mind created?
  • Of what are you capable? S10.
  • Does Mind ever give away its role as governor?

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What is the prayer of unity in citation B7? How can you use this prayer to heal divisiveness in any situation?

Read together the story in citation B8. Rather than thinking about literal blindness, how does the story indicate how individuals can blindly follow a misguided ruler? Yet even in that scenario Mind provides a way out, a way of safety and safe haven.

Read together Psalm 23. How about verse 5? What is the message here for you? S14.

What does the word “impervious” mean? Not permitting passage or penetration, incapable of being injured or impaired, or confused by another. See S&H 6:5-6.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Do you ever wonder if you can heal or cast out suggestions of inadequacy? See the disciples’ concern in the story in citation B11. What was the solution provided by Jesus to them and, by extension, to us?

What is faith? On what is it based? Ask students to share evidence of personal healings or experiences altered through listening, through seeking wisdom and understanding. How does the statement in citation S17 support this work? Read together citations S18 and S19 (lines 23-27).

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What does God know about you? B12. What is the blessing assured to you in citation B14? What is your point on which to take a stand, your standpoint, in citation B15? Why should you hold yourself superior to sin, to sickness, to envy, to a belief in inadequacy? S23 (lines 20-2).

Read together part of the answer to the question “What is Mind?” in S&H 469:12-24 and 469:30-5 and 470:32. Also read together 471:13. These are absolute statements on which you can rely to support your understanding of being, of who you are.

What is the great line of demarcation stated in 471:20? Now read together citation S25. “Accept,” “have,” “producing” are key words in this statement.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – We have the mind of Christ? What was the mind of Christ? God with us, with God all things are possible, life eternal. See citation S28. What are other statements of Mind with us in citation S26?

  • the grand Creator
  • No power underived from Mind
  • First chronologically
  • First potentially
  • First eternally
  • Glory, honor, dominion and power everlastingly belong to Mind

If you are ever tempted to believe that you are confused, you can pray with citation S30, “The divine understanding reigns, is all, and there is no other consciousness.”

Read together Hymn 109 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below).


Hymn 455:

Seek ye first the kingdom of God And His righteousness, And all these things shall be added unto you. Alleluia, alleluia!

Ask and it shall be given unto you. Seek and ye shall find, Knock and the door shall be opened unto you. Alleluia, alleluia!

DESCANT: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Hymn 109:

Here, O God, Thy healing presence Lifts our thoughts from self and sin, Fills with light their hidden places, When Thy love is welcomed in. Here Thy tender sweet persuasions Turn us home to heavenly ways, While our hearts, unsealed, adoring, Pour the fragrance of Thy praise.

Reverent lives unveil Thy beauty, Faithful witness bear of Thee; Binding up the broken-hearted, We reflect Thy radiancy. So may deeper consecration Show Thee forth in healing’s sign, Till through joyful self-surrender in Love’s pure likeness shine.

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