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[PSST: Be not afraid at material displays! Find satisfaction in quickening Spirit (6)]

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

Matterfor March 14-20, 2016

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS 314-308-1059

P.S.S.T. Golden Text – It is decision time. Will you look to matter or the flesh; or will you hasten to Spirit to reveal who you are and rouse you to make rapid progress? Read together Science & Health 495:25 – 496:27.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Be not afraid or dismayed at material displays. Ask students whether they see correlations in the Responsive Reading to some actions today; cutting of trees in the rainforest for financial gain; planting more palm trees to harvest palm oil used in many products today; and the call to action to be not afraid but look to God for everlasting guidance when making choices? In other words, look again to the Golden Text and choose to be quickened to the spirit rather than look to matter for profits. Read together Hymn 224 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – To whom shall you look to help you advance? B-2. To whom shall you look to be taught the statutes to gain and assure eternal life? B-4. The word “quicken” recurs in this section. To what do you wish to quicken or advance? Citation S-3 directs us to exclude matter from the equation. How can you best do that? Use metaphysics. See Science & Health 269:14.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What was the test for Moses in the story in citation B-6? Did Moses hesitate or did he quicken to the preparation for the next work he would be called on to do? In whom did Moses trust? B-7. Read citation S-7 and answer the question – Did Moses look to matter or to Spirit for guidance? Why? Read citation S-8 aloud for the answer.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – Read citation B-10. How did Elisha overcome the suggestion of matter-based-poison? Matter would have led to death. Listening to God led to life and a full meal as well. Read together citation B-11. You may find it helpful to read all of the S&H portion in this section. Ask students to highlight the different statements as to what matter offers and what Spirit assures.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – What are we called upon to forsake and what to gain in citation S-17? Does time have anything to do with healing? How did Jesus prove that in the story in citation B-13? Of what can you be assured in citation S-19?

  • Fear never stopped being and its action
  • Every function of the real man is governed by the divine Mind
  • The human mind has no power to kill or to cure
  • The human mind has no control over God’s man
  • The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Can a “material law” annul or silence the spiritual law? S-22. How was this evident in the Bible story in citation B-16? Ask students to share any healings or challenges overcome by their reliance on divine Mind. What does “unfathomable” mean? Deep, limitless, without measure. Read citation S-26. Read also Hymn 51 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below). Ask students to look for the word “man” in this hymn and read what follows it. Now substitute their name for “man” and declare who they are as reflected face-to-face and as the form divinely fair.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Ask students in what do they find comfort when reading the Bible portion of this section? No matter what matter can throw at one, comfort is ever available. Because in citation S-28 “He uttered His voice, the earth melted.”

Read together Hymn 161 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below). You too can find satisfaction in the quickening Spirit.

Hymn 224:

O Lord, I would delight in Thee, And on Thy care depend;

To Thee in every trouble flee, My best, my ever Friend.

When all material streams are dried, Thy fullness is the same;

May I with this be satisfied, And glory in Thy name.

All good, where’er it may be found, Its source doth find in Thee;

I must have all things and abound, While God is God to me.

O that I had a stronger faith, To look within the veil,

To credit what my Saviour saith, Whose word can never fail.

He that has made my heaven secure, Will here all good provide;

While Christ is rich, can I be poor? What can I want beside?

O God, I cast my care on Thee; I triumph and adore;

Henceforth my great concern shall be To love and praise Thee more.

Hymn 51:

Eternal Mind the Potter is, And thought th’ eternal clay:

The hand that fashions is divine, His works pass not away.

Man is the noblest work of God, His beauty, power and grace,

Immortal; perfect as his Mind Reflected face to face.

God could not make imperfect man His model infinite;

Unhallowed thought He could not plan, Love’s work and Love must fit.

Life, Truth and Love the pattern make, Christ is the perfect heir;

The clouds of sense roll back, and show The form divinely fair.

God’s will is done; His kingdom come; The Potter’s work is plain.

The longing to be good and true Has brought the light again.

And man does stand as God’s own child, The image of His love.

Let gladness ring from every tongue, And heaven and earth approve.

Hymn 161:

It matters not what be thy lot, So Love doth guide;

For storm or shine, pure peace is thine, Whate’er betide.

And of these stones, or tyrants’ thrones, God able is

To raise up seed—in thought and deed—To faithful His.

Aye, darkling sense, arise, go hence! Our God is good.

False fears are foes—truth tatters those, When understood.

Love looseth thee, and lifteth me, Ayont hate’s thrall:

There Life is light, and wisdom might, And God is All.

The centuries break, the earth-bound wake, God’s glorified!

Who doth His will—His likeness still—Is satisfied.

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