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[PSST: Be spiritually minded to have peace, quickness, power, sharpness… (6)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

for August 23, 2020

By Steve Henn, C.S.

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Golden Text (GT):
How do Spirit’s investigations of God connect with us having the mind of Christ? (I Cor. 2:16) How deeply must we search to find that mind in us?
How would your students describe the mind of Christ – what are its most prominent and important features?

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Responsive Reading (RR):
What is the living water that Jesus is offering to the woman at the well? (John 4:7-29)
Do your students recognize this offer? Is it still relevant today?
When have they received it in their own lives? What is the promise of the living water? What are some examples of water that does not quench thirst?
How might your students distinguish between the temptation of water that does not satisfy and the living water promised by Christ?

Possible Sunday School Topics for Section 1:
What are the thoughts God thinks towards us? (Jer. 29:11)
Why do these thoughts matter? Do they have an impact on us?
Whose thinking matters more in our lives – God’s or our own?
How willing are your students to submit their thinking to the direction and governance of God/Mind?
How is it that Mind is one, and why does that matter? (Science & Health p. 114:10, S3)
How frequently do your students turn to God as the one perfect Mind for guidance? (Science & Health p. 467:13, S5)

Possible Sunday School Topics for Section 2:
How does Elisha demonstrate the supremacy of Mind in this story? (II Kings 5:1-14)
How about Naaman – how does he demonstrate the power of Mind?
Why is a little child as a leader important to understanding the nature of Mind? (Science & Health p. 323:32-5, S8)
Do your students recognize the power and presence of the childlike mind?
How can they develop more childlikeness in their own thinking or approach to their relationship with Mind?

Possible Sunday School Topics for Section 3:
How fully are your students governed by God? How willingly are they governed by God? How frequently do they reach out to God/Mind for guidance, government, direction, council? (Eccl. 2:26 and 8:5, B7 & B8)
How is it that Elisha made the chariots of fire to appear? (II Kings 6:8-17)
Did he see them the whole time?
How does this prove his reliance on Mind and his willingness to be governed by Mind? What things do your students hope are possible? (Science & Health p. 180:25-27, S10)
Do they lean on God fully in pursuit of their most prized ambitions?

Possible Sunday School Topics for Section 4:
How do your students relate to the human wisdom surrounding them? Are they influenced by it? Are they governed by it? (Science & Health p. 98:4-12, S17)
Is divine Mind governed by human wisdom?
Do divine Mind and human wisdom ever mingle?
How do your students relate to others who profess to have a lot of human wisdom?
Are they pressured to act differently than they would like to because of human beliefs? Was it wise for Jesus to defy the leaders of the community? (Matt. 16:1-3, B12; Luke 6:6-10, B13; Science & Health p. 94:24-3, S16)

Possible Sunday School Topics for Section 5:
What must it have been like to be on the mount with Jesus at the time of the Transfiguration? (Matt. 17:1-8, B15)
What do your students think Peter, James and John were experiencing?
What does this experience teach us?
If you have a moment, take the time to put the Transfiguration into its proper context – why then?
What was happening just before and just after the Transfiguration – and how does the order of events inform the meaning and significance of the experience, for Jesus, his followers, and for us?
How eagerly do your students seek to have one moment of divine consciousness? (Science & Health p. 598:23-30, S27)

Possible Sunday School Topics for Section 6:
What does it mean to be spiritually minded? (Romans 8:6, B17)
What is the impact of being in such a state of mind? (Science & Health p. 95:5-10, S28)
How does quickness, power, sharpness, and discernment lead to life and peace? (Romans 8:6, B17)
How right is this last sentence of this lesson? (“The divine understanding reigns, is all, and there is no other consciousness.” Science & Health p. 536:8, S30)
What is the impact on our lives if that is absolutely true – not aspirationally, but presently and eternally?

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