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[PSST: Come out from the depths of despair! (3) Cling steadfastly to God”! (4)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

for Sunday, November 8, 2015 on

“Adam and Fallen Man”

by Aubrey McMullin, C.S., Godfrey, Illinois
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PSST Golden Text & Responsive Reading: Why do you think that Joshua 24:15 is repeated? “…choose you this day whom ye will serve;” In the Responsive Reading, we are given a key clue right before the repeated passage. It reads, “no man can serve two masters:” (Matthew 6:24). So, day by day, which master are we choosing to serve? What are some examples of service that could show us what choice we have made?


PSST Section 1: If we always begin with what is true, then what is true about our identity? Look at Genesis! We are given Genesis 1 and then Genesis 2. Which one are you inclined to believe? Ask your Sunday School students to write in two columns, one word descriptions for Gen. 1 and Gen. 2. What are some words that really sum up Genesis 1? What are some words that really sum up Genesis 2? “The Science of the first record proves the falsity of the second. If one is true, the other is false, for they are antagonistic” SH 522:3 (S5).

PSST Section 2: “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” (B11; John 9:2). Do your students know what Jesus’ reply was without looking at John 9? What would their reply be if someone asked them this question? How did Jesus open his disciples’ eyes to the spiritual understanding of God’s Law? If they would like to see another example of blindness healed, you can read with them from the book Christian Healer, Amplified Edition on pages 338-339, by Yvonne Cach von Fettweis and Robert Townsend. What is the law about man in divine Science? “man is the true image of God” (S9, SH 259:6-11).

PSST Section 3: Have you ever been the depths of despair? Have you ever felt like it’s you against the world? Think about what Revelation says in chapter 12 verse 1: “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.” Mrs. Eddy says on page 561 of Science and Health, “The spiritual idea is clad with the radiance of spiritual Truth, and matter is put under her feet.” Do we make matter a reality? Is matter having power over us a false “fact” that we choose to accept? Mrs. Eddy says in marker 17 in Science and Health (p. 561:22-25) that “the woman in the Apocalype symbolized generic man, the spiritual idea of God…” So, are we only talking about the female gender here? Absolutely not! We are talking about “man: the compound idea of God, including all right ideas; the generic term for all that reflects God’s image and likeness” (SH 591: 5-7). Let’s choose to put matter under our feet!

PSST Section 4: What are some great dragons that we find ourselves up against fairly often? Do we feel like we don’t have enough time? Do we gossip or are we surrounded by others that do? Are we wondering how we can communicate with others about tough topics? Marker 26 in Science and Health is a passage that comes in handy when defeating a dragon! My Sunday School teacher had me memorize it when I was in Sunday School, and it has since been extremely helpful: “When the ILLUSION of sickness or sin tempts you, cling STEADFASTLY to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your THOUGHT.” (emphasis added) What are some illusions that we find ourselves needing to address daily? How do we “cling steadfastly to God and His idea”? What does it even mean to cling steadfastly? And how do we keep out thought so pure and so focused on His likeness?

PSST Section 5: Would God ever plant nothing for us? Would He ever plant the knowledge of nothing for us? What is the difference between the “tree of life” and the “tree of knowledge”? What do your students think? How do they explain this in their own words? Refer to citation S27, Science and Health 538:13-15. What are some things that God does plant for us? Brainstorm – what are some Christian Science nuggets that we know off the top of our heads? Are those examples of what God has planted for us? Maybe the Daily Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, the 91st Psalm, the 23rd Psalm, any favorite hymns, the poems for little and big children by Mary Baker Eddy, etc. There are so many things that we learn as young children that stay with us through adulthood. Remind the students that they are here!

What have we determined over the course of our Sunday School class that have shown us that Mind, Christian Science, “is no longer an open question, but is demonstrable Science” (S30, Science and Health 171:12-13)?

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