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Possible Sunday School Topics (PSSTs)
for The Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on:

for January 1-7, 2024

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S., for CedarS Camps   •   314-308-1059

Let’s begin with acknowledging this fact:
You are loved by God, you are the loved of God.

P.S.S.T.  Golden Text (GT)/John 1:1: “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (NLT, New Living Translation)

What was the Word? What did God say to you and about you in the beginning? God said, “I love you, you are good, you are mine.” Let’s look to this Lesson to validate those statements.

Responsive Reading (RR)/Psalm 96:4,8; Daniel 10:1,7,10-12,18,19,21; Daniel 2:20,22.

What are statements in the RR spoken by God to Daniel, and by Daniel to us all?

  • Man, greatly beloved
  • Do not fear
  • I have come because of your words
  • Peace be to you
  • Be strong, yes, be strong
  • He reveals deep and secret things
  • Light dwells with him

Another interpretation of “word” is truth. You can trust what God says about you is the truth. You can rely on that.

P.S.S.T.  Section 1 – How long is the word, the truth, established by God, and how long will it be so; that is, how settled is God’s word about you? “From the beginning” and “for ever” says Psalm 119, as stated in citation B1. You can trust God and what God says.

Ask students to share what they think when they read “The everlasting I AM is not bounded nor compressed within the narrow limits of physical humanity…” (cit. S2/Science & Health 256:13,24).

“No form nor physical combination is adequate to represent infinite Love.” (cit.S2)

What does “adhere” mean? So what does adhering to Truth mean? See the first Tenet of Christian Science in Science & Health 497:3 (cit. S4).

P.S.S.T.  Section 2 What does St. John admonish us to do in citation B6/John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life:”

How grateful we are that the Founder of Christian Science has provided for us daily searching and study of the Scriptures in our Bible Lesson Sermons. See the question in Science & Health 495:25, “How can I progress most rapidly in the understanding of Christian Science?” and its following answer: “Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit.”

Read together the story of Daniel in this section of the Lesson (cit. B8/Dan. 6). What shall we make of this story in light of our understanding of what “the word” means?

Read a correlative statement from Science & Health – cit. S9/90:24-27.

What do you make of the statement in citation S10/209:1-2, “Man, being immortal, has a perfect indestructible life.”

Read together Hymn 108 in the Christian Science Hymnal (words supplied here).

Hymn 108

Here, O my Lord, I’d see Thee face to face; / Here would I touch and handle things unseen; / Here grasp with firmer hand th’ eternal grace, / And all my weariness upon Thee lean.

Here would I feed upon the bread of God; / Here drink anew the royal wine of heaven; / Here would I lay aside each earthly load, / Here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiven.

And as we rise, the symbols disappear; / The feast, though not the love, is past and gone; / The bread and wine remove, but Thou art here, / Nearer than ever, still my shield and sun.

Feast after feast thus comes and passes by; / Yet passing, points to the glad feast above, / Giving sweet foretaste of the festal joy, / The Lamb’s great bridal feast of bliss and love.
(Hymn. 108:1–4)

P.S.S.T.  Section 3 – What are the truths stated in the Bible portion of this Section 3 about the word of the Lord being right and on which you can depend?

  • The word of the Lord endureth for ever
  • My people shall be satisfied with my goodness
  • I will cure them
  • Will reveal unto them the abundance of peace
  • Stand with your loins girt; with the breastplate of righteousness [right thinking and right acting]; with the helmet of salvation; with the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
  • Serve the Lord with gladness
  • The Lord is good, his mercy is everlasting, his truth is to all generations

What does Mary Baker Eddy ask us to keep in mind, as stated in citation S16/414:26?

  • Man is the image and likeness of God
  • Man’s perfection is real and unimpeachable

The word of God lifts you up, removes blame and anything brought about without divine Love (which is an impossibility).

P.S.S.T.  Section 4 – Have you ever felt or witnessed God’s mercy? Do you recall any Bible characters who received God’s mercy and were lifted up? Maybe Mary Magdalene, Peter walking on the water, the Hebrew children being guided by Moses, Lazarus, Jesus at the crucifixion, the leper (see citation B18/Mark 1:40).

Remember all God’s benefits to you.
Ask students to share examples of how they have been blessed by God.
There is a good memorization opportunity in citation S18/494:10: “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.”

Who is included in this statement? God’s word, God’s Truth, God’s Love is not exclusive. That is, no one is excluded. Each of us has the Mind of Christ, so we can see, hear, and acknowledge God with us.

Read together citation S19/381:17: “In infinite Life and Love there is no sickness, sin, nor death, and the Scriptures declare that we live, move, and have our being in the infinite God.”

P.S.S.T.  Section 5 – Interesting that in the Scripture story in citation B21/Acts 8, Philip is told to go down from Jerusalem to Gaza.
If you were sent to Gaza today, what should you say to the people?
Perhaps you cannot physically go there today, but how can you reach the people of Gaza mentally?
Perhaps Hymn 329 from the Christian Science Hymnal can be an aid and provide some guidance (words provided here).

Hymn 329

The heavens declare the glory / Of Him who made all things; / Each day repeats the story, / Each night its tribute brings. / To earth’s remotest border / His mighty power is known; / In beauty, grandeur, order, / His handiwork is shown.

His law man’s pathway brightens, / His judgments all are pure, / His Word the thought enlightens, / And ever shall endure. / To heed His testimony, / And Wisdom’s way to hold, / Is sweeter far than honey, / And better far than gold.

In daily contemplation / Of Thee, I take delight; / O, let my meditation / Lay hold of Thee aright. / O, aid me in suppression / Of idle thought or word; / O, keep me from transgression, / Redeemer, strength, and Lord.
(Hymn. 329:1–3)

After all, “one with God is a majority.” (Wendell Phillips quoted in Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, 245:29.) As was with Philip, so is God with you. Let’s pause as a class and silently pray about the Israeli/Gaza war.

P.S.S.T.  Section 6 – Read the blessing to you and all in citation B23/Romans 15:13, “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

Read also the Science & Health portion of this Section 6 – citations S30/414:21-22, S31/261:4, and S32/103:15-16. This is the Word of God.


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