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[PSST: Behold yourself as greatly beloved, divinely chosen and upheld…]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

“Man”
for August 28-September 3, 2017

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – What a significant statement, “…you are greatly beloved;”. How can we feel that love for ourselves and all mankind? Let us look to this Lesson for answers. See also Science & Health 249:6 for another significant statement.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Read together the Responsive Reading even though you just read it collectively as a Sunday School gathering.

  • What are the words and phrases of comfort and assurance of God’s love?
  • What is stated as God’s gifts to us individually and collectively?
  • What a permanent statement is II Corinthians 6:16, “I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

Read also Isaiah 30:21.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – What indeed is man (you) that God is mindful of you? What terms for you are included in this Section?

  • Man is God’s image and likeness
  • My servant whom I uphold
  • Mine elect in whom my soul delighteth
  • I have created him for my glory
  • Ye are my witnesses
  • My servant whom I have chosen
  • You move in accord with God reflecting goodness and power
  • You are a spiritual being
  • God’s creation

How can you discern spiritual creation? Through spiritual sense. See the definition of spiritual sense in S&H 209:31-32.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – There is a good memorization opportunity in citation B6. What does variableness mean? Correlate that to this statement: God changeth not. What is the permanent nature of God? Goodness, constant care, knowledge of everything He made (B7). As a child or creation of God, what is your permanent forever nature? (B8). What does it mean to you to be an heir of God? What is your identity? It is not in gender (S9). See Mary Baker Eddy’s answer to the question: What are body and soul? (S10). See also S&H 477:19-2. See also the definition of man in citation S11. See that significant statement at the end of citation S11: “…reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker.” Is that you who is being referred to? Yes, and all ideas and all mankind. Who can be left out? No one. It is not God’s nature to abandon what She creates. Therefore the Golden Text: “…you are greatly beloved.”

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – How does the Bible story in citation B9 show how God has given each of us the ability and demand to support each other? How does Abigail secure the life of Nabal? What does Mrs. Eddy tell us of the nature of God as infinite Love? What is the result for us as men and nations? Is this a hollow promise or is it still available to us and active in our lives, in our world, today? Can you rely on this statement as an absolute truth? Ask students to use this statement and write out a Christian Science prayer treatment for an issue in our world today. Is this statement only beneficial to Christians? How can it also work for so-called pagans? Does God know and love only Christians?

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Does God love only for a limited time and for a limited population, caring for some and abandoning others? Who is outside of “…you are greatly beloved;”?

What statements in the S&H portion of this Section instruct us as we look to Jesus, our Master, for guidance?

  • S17 Jesus beheld in Science…
  • S18 He understood man, whose Life is God to be immortal…
  • S19 Christ presents the indestructible man…
  • S20 …man is the image and likeness of God…

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What gifts of God given to you are mentioned in this Section?

  • B12 God hath made me… the Almighty hath given me life
  • B13 he performeth the thing that is appointed for me
  • B14 ye are enriched by him in all utterance, and in all knowledge
  • S24 Science reveals the possibility of achieving all good
  • S25 A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man…
  • S27 man reflects infinity

P.S.S.T. Sections 6 & 7 – Read together citation B17. Read also Isaiah 2:4. How can this truth be applied to our world today?

Read citation S30. What is your role in this statement of truth? What is the cup of cold water? How do you give it?

List at least three key ideas you have taken from this Lesson.

Read together Hymn 51 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below).

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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.

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