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[PSST: Be a witness that God is … and that we are one with God!]
Possible Sunday School Topics (PSSTs) for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

for June 29-July 5, 2020

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text (GT) and Responsive Reading (RR)
The Golden Text and Responsive Reading strive to answer the age-old question, “Who really is God?” Where do we look for God, how do we see God, is God to remain unknown to us? Ask students to pick out some key descriptive words or phrases used by Paul in the RR that speak to them about what they believe God to be.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – You are called upon to be a witness that God is, ever has been and will be, and that we are one with God. How do you serve as a witness; how do you tell the truth and nothing but the truth when describing God; why God exists; and why we exist with God? Ask students to write down one or two foundational questions and answers as to what they have discerned as to who God is. This may require a little bit of stillness as they think this through — and that is okay.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – Why do you think David wanted to count the people in the scripture story in Citation B7 [2 Sam. 24:2-10]? Why do you think David was uneasy about what the counting told him? Was it because the numbers were too low or too high? Or, perhaps it was that he discerned that one cannot measure or count infinity or goodness or allness or eternity? To what was David looking for his kingdom’s strength?

Do we count our worth based on the number of friends, or the size of bank account, or the school or camp we attend? Is God or good diminished because someone else seems to have more of it than I have? Is there a limit to ideas? Who can have ideas no matter where they live or what their living conditions appear to be?

Again, how do we measure God and God’s ideas? Can you count the number of the grains of sand on the beach? Is it important to do so? Or is it more important to enjoy the warmth or comfort of the sand? Perhaps this is a hint as to what David was learning about counting the people. Maybe more important than knowing the number was knowing the quality, the character of the people.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – Here we have another king who had to discover the difference between charging his subjects to do a thing because he could, and discerning what was in the heart of his subjects and how that strengthened his kingdom. That is, not by might or human will, but by seeking the liberty that is meant for everyone, and thus strengthening the entire kingdom. Was the kingdom stronger based on domination or in service to one another? What do your students know of the term ‘servant leadership’? How did Christ Jesus showcase being a servant leader?

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Look to Citation B15 [Mark 3:7-11] to help answer the question of servant leadership just posed. To whom did Jesus speak in this citation? How widespread and diverse were those who came to him, to hear him speak and to seek aid? Did he only serve/heal a few? No, he cared for “many”. What is the charge to us, then? Citation S20 [37:22-25].

Do you see this as your calling, your call to action, your role as a servant leader?

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Read together Romans 8:35, 37-39. Does this passage speak to separation or to togetherness? When we hear so much today about divisiveness; racial divide, economic divide, gender divide, geographic divide, is it possible to celebrate that which we have in common, beginning with one God as the creator of each of us?

Read together Hymn 196 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words printed here):
Now is the time approaching,
By prophets long foretold,
When all shall dwell together,
One Shepherd and one fold.

Now Jew and Gentile, meeting
From many a distant shore,
Around one altar kneeling,
One common Lord adore.

Let all that now divides us
Remove and pass away,
Like shadows of the morning
Before the blaze of day.

Let all that now unites us
More sweet and lasting prove,
A closer bond of union,
In a blest land of love.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – What is a ‘covenant’? What contract has God made with you? See Citation B20 [Hebrews 8:10]. Read together the 6th Tenet in Science & Health, page 497:24. Does the promise in Citation B20 have an expiration date?

Can you rely on God to be God today? To be your God today? How can you rely on this law or contract? So, the questions remain that were posed in the beginning of this Lesson: Do you know God, can you know God, is God unknown or unknowable to you? See Citation S28 [242:3-5].

How can you exercise your right to this knowledge of God, this contract, for yourself and your fellow humans? Conclude with reading the questions and answers in SH 465:8-17.

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