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[PSST: Cherish God with you!]
Possible Sunday School Topics (PSSTs) by Merrill Boudreaux
for the Christian Science Bible Lesson: “God” for July 1-7, 2013

PSST: Golden Text:  Consider the possibilities, what cannot God do?  Why can God do anything at anytime, anywhere?  Help students to define omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient.

PSST:  Responsive Reading:  God is thinking you right now.  What is God thinking about you?  What is God thinking about your friends, fellow citizens, every person in the world?

     Ask students to give some other words for prayer.  Example:  seeking God, speaking with God, listening to God.

     Are prayers answered?  See Science & Health 1:1-14.

PSST:  Section 1:  Is gratitude a form of prayer?  Ask students to spontaneously list the first three things that come to thought for which they are grateful.  For students who ask, can I hear the voice of God?  See Citation B-3.  Look to the definitions in the “Glossary” of Night – S&H 592:21; Morning – S&H 591:23; and Day – S&H 584:1-8.  Explore these as states of consciousness, not times of day.  Where do students prefer to have their consciousness?  Citation B-3.  What does prayer reveal in B-4?  Greatness, power, glory, victory, majesty.  With that revealing, can your prayer ever fail?

PSST:  Section 2:  God has spoken once, but I have heard it twice.  Why is that?  Because God’s speaking is permanent and ever-available, so I can hear it anytime I desire to reinforce the message.  Read Citation B-8 aloud.  Since students have probably heard this story before, see if there is something new to share.  Ask students to write a prayer they think the three boys might have prayed.  See citation S-8 for inspiration.  Can our prayers today have such profound results?  See S-10 for an aid in answering that question.

PSST:  Section 3:  How is citation B-10 like a Wednesday evening testimony meeting?  Ask students to share a healing.  Help them prepare to share it next Wednesday evening.

     What are the facts:  Harmony or discord, health or pain, one God or many gods, understanding or delusion, Spirit or matter?  Where did Jesus turn and direct us to turn for answers when we pray?  Citation B-12.  Jesus was taught of God, so are we.  What are the results?  Citation S-16.

PSST:  Section 4:  Where is God?  (B-14 and B-15)  Do you know your scripture?  Ask students to tell stories from the Bible as evidence of God with us, as He was with the Children of Israel, Daniel, Paul, and many others.  When thought is stirred or appears confused, of what are you assured?  God is, God is my Mind, God’s got my back and my front and my sides.  Since God is everywhere, all power, “nothing apart from Him is present or has power.”  Why?  Because there is no outside to omnipresence.  S-22.

PSST:  Section 5:  What are statements in the S&H portion of this section that are guides, affirming absolute truths?  Ask students to list them.  S-23 to S-27.

PSST:  Section 6:  How about a praise song to finish out the lesson.  Maybe your students would like to write out their own praise song.  Perhaps they can even get to sing or share it with the Sunday School.  You might also share Hymn 282 from the Christian Science Hymnal.  There is a good memorization opportunity in S-29.  That’s like frosting on the cake for this lesson.  Dig in and enjoy.

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