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[P.S.S.T.: Act like an heir of God! Follow the way Jesus mapped out!]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

Christ Jesus
for Sunday, August 30, 2015

By Tom and Amy Evans, former CedarS staff members.

P.S.S.T. for the Responsive Reading
We often see the verse from Isaiah 9:7 cited as a reference to Jesus. It reads “the increase of government and peace there shall be no end.” Do we think about the Christ as governing the universe and bringing peace? Often this verse is associated with Christmas in sermons. How can we witness Isaiah 9:7 at all times? What is zeal?

P.S.S.T. for Section 1 Heir of God
B1 What is the connection between Moses and Jesus? Recall Exodus 33:11 which reads, “The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.”
B2 Who wrote Galatians? (Paul) Look at the first page of the book. It is actually, Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia. The word Epistle just means letter. The Greek word ἐπιστολή, is pronounced, epistolē, meaning "letter." Following Paul’s logic in his letter to the church in Galatia, explain how Jesus brings us closer to God’s grace, love, and spiritual provision. Although he is not speaking in gender-neutral terms, how is Paul being more inclusive of God’s children?
B3 What does it mean to be an heir of God? How are we testifying about Jesus’ works?

S1 What is the difference between Jesus and the Christ? If Jesus was the way of salvation (S3), what is our role? What are we supposed to do? (See S3). How is the spiritual origin of humanity demonstrated (S4)? What do you understand about your origin?

P.S.S.T. for Section 2 Follow Christ
Read Section 2 and discuss what it means to “follow Christ.” How do Christian Scientists follow the man Jesus and how do we follow the spiritual idea of the Christ?

B6 What did John see in Jesus?
B8 Would you have followed him? What kinds of things would the media say about Jesus if he were present and healing today as his name and works spread?

(S5)What does it look like to “plant” yourself “in Christ, the true idea of God”? Why does Mrs. Eddy say that everyone will have to do it sooner or later? Can you look at someone with the same conviction as John in citation B6 and call them the “lamb of God,” thinking of the definition given in citation S6? Try it with the other students or, if you feel comfortable, with student and teacher. Maybe just start with identifying these qualities in yourself and thinking through what actions must be taken to truly see yourself as the innocent, humble “lamb of God”. This is not something to achieve in 3 minutes. It will take a lifetime of following Christ, but think through what it might take.
S10 This citation may shed some light on following Christ in our thought. What kinds of thoughts and actions will “receive directly the divine power”? What is “the advanced idea” (S7)?

P.S.S.T. for Section 3 Salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ
B9 What did Jesus save sinners from? Burning in hell? Suffering from false beliefs? Talk about this. As Christian Scientists, we do believe that Jesus saves sinners. But, from what?
B11 In this process of salvation, Jesus is “the door” to what? [spiritual life]

(S11) Are Jesus’ practices understood yet by “the world’s religious sense”? Why or why not?
Look at citations S12, S13, and S14 in order to describe how Jesus saves us from sin.

P.S.S.T. for Section 4 Repent!
B12 Who is “the redeemed of the Lord”? Do we have to be doing something explicitly sinful in order to be redeemed? What if we are leading lives that are pretty good right now? Look at the woman in Luke 7 and then the comparison Mrs. Eddy makes between her and Simon in citations S15 and S16. How can we be more genuinely sincere and deserving of Christ’s forgiveness? Again, should we sin more so there will be something to repent about? (Nope) What are we supposed to repent about? For more direction on these questions, look at citation S18 and discuss the idea of “enough Christly affection to win” your own pardon.
(S19) Why do “Meekness and charity have divine affection”?

P.S.S.T. for Section 5 Greater works shall ye do
B16 What wondrous things are you beholding? Share about a time you followed God’s plan and recognized a blessing. Who or what are you beholding? Can you think of any Bible stories where someone followed God’s law and was blessed, or was able to bless someone else?
B17 Why did Jesus ask the blind men what they wanted? What is the result of his question?
B18 What are the “greater works”?

S21 Describe why miracles are “not supernatural, but supremely natural”. What “miracles” can you work and witness? What “miracles” have you already witnessed in your experience?
S22 Why does the path of Christ, Truth have to be in the way God wants? Why can’t we plan out the way in which we want to follow Christ?
S23 How can we follow according to this citation? What happens when we do? Give an example.

P.S.S.T. for Section 6 Jesus mapped out the way
B19 Paul is telling the Church in Rome that no obstacle can separate them from Christ’s love and that “we are more than conquerors through him that loves us”. First, explain the inseparability and more than conqueror piece. Second, who is “him that loved us?” Jesus or the Christ? Explain your decision.
B20 What “race” is the author of Hebrews referring to?
S24 How are you gaining a little each day in the right direction?
S28 Do you make the promise of the 6th tenet every day? Can your class find the tenets in Science and Health (see page 497)? Do you agree with all 6 tenets? How do these explain Christian Science? Why did Mrs. Eddy pick this one as the last of the 6 tenets? How does it summarize key points in Christian Science? How is it a guide for your spiritual study?

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