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[PSST: Be coachable! Train yourself to identify error quickly throughout the day (RR, 2)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on;


for Sunday, July 24, 2016

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

PSST Golden Text (GT): How often are our prayers focused on learning and listening? How does this change the dynamic of prayer?

PSST Responsive Reading (RR): What does it mean to be receptive? In school and sports this is called being teachable/coachable – how is this an advantage to us in prayer? What does it suggest about our relationship to God? Does Christian Science feel like a choice to your students? Or does it feel like a set of harsh rules they must always be leery of? What choices do we have in Christian Science and what are the implications/consequences of these choices? How can we work to make our practice of Christian Science feel more like a support to the lives we lead, rather than a limiter?

PSST Section 1: How do your students define falsity? Where does it creep up in our lives? How are we tempted to be false? How can we deal with these temptations? What are we supposed to do when we see falsity in others? (Keep in mind Jesus' admonitions to judge only righteous judgment and to not judge others unless we are ready to be judged equally).

What does the great rock represent? Why a rock? What does the shadow represent? From what are we being shaded?

How does waiting connect to listening?

PSST Section 2: Sometimes the virgin birth is a seeming obstacle to faith and understanding: we think that because we were not immaculately conceived that we don't have the same power or access to God as Jesus did. But is that true? How do citations S8 and S9 help to answer this? How can we train ourselves to identify error quickly throughout the day?

PSST Section 3: Why do you suppose it says that Jesus when to ALL the cities and villages? What might that represent? How can it be applied to the understanding of Truth today?

Do your students understand why Jesus spoke in parables? How should we treat parables, given Jesus’ response to his disciples? How does the understanding of the relationship between Truth and error help to explain this parable?

PSST Section 4: Why does Jesus love children so much? What can they teach us about Truth? How can we be more childlike in our own experience? What must we give up in order to be this way? What are the advantages of being childlike?

PSST Section 5: Sometimes the familiar can be glossed over and key lessons missed – don’t fall into that trap this week. Take a careful look at this experience of Jesus’. It is not a parable, but there are still many symbols in it, and many lessons to be gleaned. If you have time, or if you prefer to look at this story instead of the parable in Section 3, go over this story with a fine-toothed comb asking what can be learned about Truth through the symbols and events shared here.

PSST Section 6: How do works connect to the understanding of Truth? Consider this question from another angle, how do works connect to the understanding of Math, or a story? What role does sincerity play in this understanding?

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