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[PSST: Change your life trajectory with one change in one thought toward love. (2)]

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Love”

for July 29-August 4, 2019

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.

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P.S.S.T. Golden Text
What is the command in the Golden Text?
Why should we love each other? What does love for another look like from your experiences?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading
How did/does God manifest His/Her love for each of us?
Where in love is there room for hate? Does God leave anyone out of Love?

P.S.S.T. Section 1 –
Do you love God? Do you love your fellow man? Is there any place love cannot reach? Is there any power opposed to love? Read together Citation S7.

P.S.S.T. Section 2
How did David show love in the Bible story in Citation B6?
What is a key takeaway from this story? Read together Micah 6:8, “…what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

Read also Citation S11.

What is the call to action in these passages?

The second part (Science & Health 454:18-21) is a great memory opportunity.

What are pinions? The outer part of a bird’s wing including the flight feather (from dictionary.com). Tell students that a bird can change its direction or trajectory with one change in one flight feather. What does this idea mean to us if we change one thought toward good or toward love?

P.S.S.T. Section 3 –
Can one ever hide from divine Love?
What would you ask of divine Love right now?
Ask students to write for their eyes only a request they would make of divine Love.

Read together Citations B8 and B10. What are qualities of divine Love from these passages?

mercy, healing, raise me up, upholdeth me, settest me before thy face, loved thee with an everlasting love, drawn thee

When do these qualities appear?

when we most need them, when we seem without friends, when someone has spoken or acted badly toward me

Why is it important to demonstrate these qualities in your experience?
That is, why is it important to love without ceasing (Citation S17)?

Do you wish to heal or be healed? Then love more. Who? Yourself and others.

P.S.S.T. Section 4
Read citation B12. These passages are a part of the Beatitudes given by Jesus during his Sermon on the Mount. Ask students to summarize the Beatitudes in one sentence.
A hint can be found in Citation B13, “…love one another”.

Ask students to go back to what they wrote as a request of divine Love.
What does Citation S22 state is a test of their prayers and their receptivity for an answer?

  • Do we love our neighbor better?
  • Do we pursue the old selfishness?
  • Do we give evidence of our sincerity?
  • Are we more kind
  • Do we bless them that curse us?
  • Are we willing to take up the cross so we can wear the crown?

P.S.S.T. Section 5

Do you believe “…that all things work together for good to them that love God….”?

Do you believe “If God be for us, who can be against us”?

Do you believe you can be separated from God? Who shall separate us from God, from Love?

Read together Citation B16. Now read the correlated passage from Science & Health in Citation S27. What does “clad” mean? How about the word “panoply”?
Of what is our armor of defense made?

Read together Hymn 179 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed here)

Hymn 179

Love one another,—word of revelation; Love frees from error's thrall,—Love is liberation. Love's way the Master trod; He that loves shall walk with God. Love is the royal way.

Love knows no evil, neither shade of sadness; Love casts out every fear, lifts the heart to gladness. Love heals our every ill, All the law does love fulfill. Love is our answered prayer.

Love now is dawning over every nation; Showing true brotherhood, publishing salvation, Love bids all discord cease. Conquering hate, enthroning peace, Love, Love alone is power.

(Hymn. 179:1–3)

P.S.S.T. Section 6
What do you expect the result to be when you lean on divine Love?
Read together the first sentence in Science & Health, page vii:1-2, “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings.”

Bless you!

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