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[PSST: Be faithful to be made a ruler over many things!]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on;

Probation after Death
for Sunday, October 27th, 2013

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

PSST GT – What are the few things that we can be faithful over?  What are the many things we will be made rulers over?  What is the ‘joy of the lord’ that we might enter into?  What does it take to be faithful over a few things?  Can we practice doing that this week, and report back next week about how it goes – what difference it makes in our lives?

PSST RR – “…count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations”??  Why should we be happy when we are tempted?  Consider the growth that comes from adversity – share with your students the process by which gold is purified (the dross is burned away by excessive heat) or the way diamonds are created (carbon being compressed under unimaginable pressure).  In the natural world, it is all too common to see how adversity and trial lead to growth and progress – the same is true in the development of spiritual muscles, character, and demonstration.

What can we do to handle adversity more effectively?  Look at the last three verses of the Responsive Reading and discuss how those can support our growth spiritward.

PSST Section 1
 What is our light and life?  Look at citations 2 and 4.  Why would wandering “out of the way of understanding” keep someone in the “congregation of the dead”?  What is the understanding that we are striving for?

 Comfort your students with citation 5 in the Bible.  We are striving to make progress, daily. But keep this verse in mind and allow that progress to compound over time.

 What does Mrs. Eddy say is the road to life eternal?  How can we start down this road now?

 What is sin, and why is it a sin to give power to anything other than eternal Life? (S6)

 PSST Section 2
One definition of repent, in layman’s terms, is to turn thought 180 degrees and take a different view of things.  What things can we have different views of in our daily lives? How has Jesus helped us to view things differently?  Why does he say the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand?

Expand upon this parable (B8) – how does it apply to our daily lives now?  Recognize that this is how Jesus is describing the kingdom of heaven.  Why would he describe it this way? How different is it from common conceptions of heaven that are presented to us today?  Which version of heaven would your students prefer?

How much work are your students willing to do in pursuit of heaven, harmony, spiritual understanding?

How does Mrs. Eddy define heaven? (S7)

What do your students already know?  There is a lot that we talk about in Sunday School, and there is a lot in the Bible and Science and Health that sounds really good, and seems like we should know.  There is great emphasis put on what we should understand or know.  But it doesn’t help us to put on armor that we haven’t yet proved (see David and Goliath). What does help (S9) is to ‘put into practice what we already know,’ and thereby learn more.  Elsewhere in Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy admonishes us to be grateful for the good we have already received, so that we might be ready to receive more.  What better way to show gratitude for what we understand than to put it into practice?  Spend some time with your students truly, non-judgmentally, going over what they already know and how they can put that into practice.  Pour over S9 for instruction in this matter.  Refer back to the parable from B8 for further exploration.

PSST Section 3
(B10) “God has no pleasure in him that dieth”…what does this suggest about our relationship to God?  What, ultimately, leads to death – death of spirit, death of passion, death of activity – and where do our transgressions take a role in all of this?  Why would Ezekiel encourage us to “cast away” our transgressions in relation to a God who has “no pleasure in death”?

 What are the distinguishing characteristics of ‘good gifts’ and ‘temptations’?  How do we discern between the two? Refer to both B11 and B12 in this conversation.

 What is the relationship between sin and death? (S11)

 Discuss what Mrs. Eddy means by “Perfection is gained only by perfection.” (S12)  Are these comments deflating or encouraging to your students?

 What about mortal belief appears satisfying?  How can we lose all sense of satisfaction from mortality? (S13)  Can this process be truly painless? (S15) How?

 PSST Section 4
There are so many wonderful lessons to be learned from the raising of Lazarus from the dead – consider reading the entire story with your class – do they realize that Jesus heard of Lazarus’s plight and waited to go see him?  Why would Jesus do that if he cared about Lazarus?!?  What can we learn from the conversations between Jesus Martha and Mary?  Lastly, what does Jesus teach us in his prayer to God that raises Lazarus? (B13)

How can we apply Mrs. Eddy’s explanation of this healing (S16) to our daily lives? What things can we begin to disbelieve in that will lead us toward overcoming the next “phase of the dream that existence can be material”? (S17)

PSST Section 5
What does Jesus’ resurrection teach us?  (B14-16)  How does it apply to our daily lives?  What did Thomas learn (B16)?  Why is he called Doubting Thomas?  Why was Jesus’ physical condition unchanged?  Why did he retain his wounds? (S21, S22)  Why must the pleasures and pains of sense pass away for us to gain a truer sense of life eternal? (S25)

PSST Section 6
How do we fight a fight of faith?  How can we be good, or get better at this sort of fighting? What weights can we lay aside to improve our progress?  What weighs us down from seeing the perfection of reality?  Why is the path of the just like a shining light?  How does being just shed light on others’ paths?

How do we get to the point of being a good and faithful servant?  Why do we want to pursue this goal?  What is there to like about being a good and faithful servant?  How do we pursue a life that approaches the supreme good? What is the supreme good?  


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