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[PSST: Choose one-ness (good only), not both-ness (a belief in good and evil)! (1)]

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

“Unreality”

for September 25-October 1, 2017

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS

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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – When the Golden Text mentions “good fruit” and “…by their fruits ye shall know them”, what do you suppose those fruits are? Qualities. By what qualities do others know you? Honesty, integrity, helpfulness, good deeds, love for one another? How have you expressed your fruits this week?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – How are you blessed? How are you “…like a tree planted by the rivers of water…”? Steadfast, trustworthy, honorable, nourished, long-lasting? How are individuals enriched when they are in your company, when they stand in your shade? Think about individuals who have been meaningful in your life; what qualities did they express?

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – How powerful is the statement in citation B1? What/who is included? What is the primary quality given to all? Good. If as Genesis 1 states God gave good, why would anyone ever choose to have good and evil? Why would anyone ever choose to seek and see evil? Is it possible for evil to exist when good is present everywhere? Could one conclude that evil is neverwhere? Does your ear, your hearing, hear from Spirit only? If Spirit is all – and it is – can there ever be a suggestion of hearing from the opposite statement of Spirit, so-called matter? From where do such suggestions come? By looking to the physical senses. What trumps the knowledge gained from the physical senses? Understanding that God is All-in-all, that good is all that God made and is yours and all of humankind’s too. This understanding leads to choosing one-ness (that is, good only), not both-ness (a belief in good and evil). Think about what fruits you bear when you choose good and its qualities to express in your life.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What is a promise given to you in citation B7? What does “obedient” mean? Try being true to your Creator and what She knows about you? What is your standpoint in citation S7? “…there is no room for His unlikeness.” What is the remedy for error of any kind (S8)? Truth. Read John 8:31,32. Do you have the ability to reason things out? On which side will you depend: thoughts of sin, sickness, accident, disease, death, the unreal; or thoughts of your eternal harmony, your eternal goodness, your alignment with that which breaks the illusion of both-ness? S11, S12.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What qualities did Jesus express in the Bible portion of this section? What does Job tell us of our true nature in citation B11? I am innocent. I never transgressed (rebelled against God). There is no iniquity (wickedness) in me.

You must claim as real that which you wish to see and demonstrate in your life. What did Jesus demonstrate in citation B10? Immediacy. Why? See citation S13.

Please ask students to memorize citation S16. What do you have as support to aid you? Christian Science.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – What is the statement of freedom in citation B12? What do you think it means that Jesus was and is the “light of the world”? Where can you find the story of Jesus’ life and how he brought light to a world focused on unreality? The gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Perhaps your class would like to take on the assignment of reading one of the gospels through to gain a better understanding of Jesus and what he showed to us. What do you think you will learn from this reading? See Science & Health 426:16. What questions might the class want answered during this reading? Think if Jesus were here for what questions would I seek answers, then go to the gospel and see what is already answered. For some students, it might be helpful to read different translations of the Scriptures.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – How will reading one of the gospels be like dwelling “in the secret place of the Most High”? B16. It will reveal to you: to not be afraid, to find your refuge, see no evil in your dwelling – your consciousness, you will be kept in line with the truth of your being one with God in all your ways. See SH 468:8-15 for the Scientific Statement of your being. When reading the gospel you choose, look beyond the words to the power demonstrated by Jesus. B19. How can you do the same? S25. Are you able? Answer Yes, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – We return to statements about the tree planted by the waters. What additional tree-like qualities are mentioned in citation B21? What twelve manner of fruit, or twelve qualities, do you see in mankind? These qualities give entry to eternal life. B23. Once again, think about your reason for reading one of the gospels in citation S26: “The Bible contains the recipe for all healing. ‘The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.’” Think of leaves as truths about your true nature and the spiritual qualities you possess.

Read together Hymn 303 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below).

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Hymn 303

Scorn not the slightest word or deed, Nor deem it void of power; There’s fruit in each wind-wafted seed That waits its natal hour.

No act falls fruitless; none can tell How vast its power may be Nor what results enfolded dwell Within it silently.

A whispered word may touch the heart And call it back to life; A look of love bid sin depart And still unholy strife.

Work and despair not; bring thy mite, Nor care how small it be; God is with all that serve the right, The holy, true, and free.

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