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[PSST: Commit to seeing and glorifying only Spirit, God, and be whole! (GT, 4, PS)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on;

“Soul and Body”

for Sunday, May 22, 2016

By Steve Henn, C.S. St. Louis, Missouri
[Steve's been a CedarS Program Director & teaches English at The Principia School.]

PSST on the Golden Text (GT): How do your students define their spirit? What does it mean to Glorify God in your spirit? And why are we expected to glorify God? What are the liberties and benefits that come from glorifying God, and by contrast, what are the limitations and challenges that come with glorifying ourselves? Finally, why does it matter that our spirit and our bodies are God’s? What is Paul referring to here?

PSST on the Responsive Reading (RR): As reflections of God, good, is there any choice to be made about which master we will serve? However, in a more relative context, it may seem like we get to choose which master we will serve – how does this choice come to us on a daily basis? How are we tempted to remove our commitment from Spirit, God to matter, error? What qualities are required of us in order to faithfully serve God, and resist taking thought for the body, raiment, and life?

PSST on Section 1: What is God’s house like? Have your students describe it. Can it be described physically? What about spiritually? How would your students describe it spiritually? Would they consider describing it with the qualities that must make it up? In order to live in God’s house, we must first love God supremely; what does that look like on a daily basis? How can we take practical measures today and now to show that we love Him most?

PSST on Section 2: How much does God care for his children, his creation? What elements of this section reflect the care that he shows to all of us? What does God’s care mean for us? How can we live our lives differently, if we know we are constantly being “cared for, watched over, (be-)loved and protected”? [Refer to Hymn 278:1] Do we want to be so well cared for? Might being so well cared for ever lead to losing our individual identities? Look at what Mrs. Eddy has to say about individuality in this section; and then discuss how your students might further develop their own identity over the course of this coming week.

PSST on Section 3: How did God make you? Do you lack anything? What does it mean for us to be girded by God? Does his “girding” of us ever stop? What does it mean to be present with the Lord? How can we practice being present with the Lord? What about being absent from the body? Can we practice that? If we are present with the Lord, and absent from the body, what then does it mean to be an individual? What does it mean to behold the greatness and wonders of Life, Truth and Love?

PSST on Section 4: What does it mean to have a single eye or an evil eye? Look this up in a Bible commentary [or Warren’s PS from Cobbey Crisler] – the concept of a single eye is quite important here.

Do your students feel like they are dealing with any issues that have lasted a long time? What does it mean for the man at the pool, who had lain there 38 years, to be healed instantaneously? How can we bring Christ to bear on our own long-standing issues like that? When is the hour in which Christ is to come to all of us? When is the time for us to worship God in spirit and truth?

PSST on Section 5: Looking back on all the sections before this one – how does citation B16 reflect the most important points we’ve explored so far? Where do humility, trust, and care fit within our relationship to God? Why is it important to get these concepts within our relationship to Him right? When we don’t get these right, what seems to happen? How does fear play a role in this conversation? What can we do to eradicate fear from our thought? Why and how is health connected to morality and spirituality?

PSST on Section 6: What race are we running today? How can we run it in the presence of God and in the absence of our bodies? What does it mean for our mind to be renewed? What is it that we are proving with a renewed mind? What are the foundations of the true trusts that we must hold on to? What is sinless joy?

[Warren’s PS on Cobbey Crisler’s insights on having a single eye as in Matt. 6:22-23 (B13):
(Verse 22). “Should we be surprised when it says, ‘The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single’? Haven’t we been prepared for that in Jesus’ theology up to now?

Single, not double vision, duality. Commitment to something other than one God, dividing our sight between what is corrupt and what is pure. Because “if our eye is single,” here’s an equation again. You can make that into an equation. “if thine eye be single”, how does the body respond? Your body is whole. Your body’s single too. Not fragmented.
(Verse 23) But, ‘if your eye is evil,’ see the parallelism? His definition of evil is what? The opposite of single. ‘If your eye is single,’ he says, on one hand, on the other hand, he says, ‘if your eye is evil.’ So evil is something other that single. He is showing that it’s the devil’s outlook, diabolos, in Greek, the attempt to put dualism on the throne, or have a divided throne.
Isn’t that why in the Book of Revelation (4:2), one of the greatest revelations vouchsafed to John as a seer, was the fact he saw a throne in heaven and one sat on the throne. Just that single vision, according to Jesus, would result in instantaneous healing in our bodies, to see the throne in heaven and only one on it. No one, or no thing, or no thought other than what comes from God can have ascendancy or sovereignty, then, in our being, because ‘our body is full of light’ from the one that sits on the throne. (Matthew 6:22)
There’s something about divine logic that always coincides with divine revelation. The divine logic that Jesus is showing here was coincident with the revelation that John got.”

(Excerpts from a transcription from a live recording by B. Cobbey Crisler on Vol. 1, “Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax Collector’s Report”. For a full transcript email Cobbey’s wife, Janet, at]

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