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[PSST: Commit to serving God fully and avoiding distractions for this next week, Report the results.]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Matter”
for March 25, 2018

By Steve Henn, C.S. St. Louis, Missouri
steven.henn@gmail.com

PSST Golden Text (GT) – What does it mean for your students to serve the Lord? How do we serve God? Look at Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount for some key ideas in this direction. Next, why does this GT warn about turning aside? What are the empty things that cannot profit or deliver that would distract us from serving God? Look at the devil’s attempts to tempt Jesus as examples; and discuss examples in your students’ lives that would parallel the way Jesus was tempted. Can your students commit to serving God fully and avoiding distractions for this next week, for at least a few days of the coming week? Then, they can report the results next week.

PSST Responsive Reading (RR) – Why is God’s name’s sake part of the reason he won’t forsake his people? What is the importance of His name? (Side discussion – why don’t we take His name in vain?) What great things has God done for each of your students such that they should serve Him?

Jeremiah’s verses in this RR give a complete rationale for the second commandment. Look at the second commandment in Exodus chapter 20 and discuss why Jeremiah is speaking against the customs of the Gentiles. II Cor. 13 is another place to reference to discuss this idea of matter as a false source of profit.

PSST Section 1 – How fully do your students trust, believe, understand John 1:3? Look at this entire section (and lesson) through that lens, and discuss how it is relevant to their lives each and every moment of each and every day.

PSST Section 2 – How fully do your students follow Exodus 20:3, 4? What does it look like to follow these two commandments every moment of every day? Can they start in little ways? What would it look like to start small with these commandments (rather than feeling like they have to go all-in right away)? What impact does following these commandments even in small things have? How can your students use this small-level practice to prepare for larger opportunities to follow these commandments?

Going after a big demonstration of these commandments, discuss Daniel 3:16-18 with your students. What are Shadrach, Meshach amd Abednego (SMA) saying in these three powerful verses? How does it apply to our lives today? Ps. 56:4, Ps. 118:6, and Heb. 13:6 offer further support to this position taken up by the three Hebrew boys.

PSST Section 3 – What is the result of the Hebrew boys’ faith? Focus first on the miracle inside the fire (remember that Mrs. Eddy explains that these are not really miracles, why?). And then discuss what happens when they come out of the fire. How is that as important as what happens in the fire? What does that say to all of us about how important our stance for God, good really is, not just for us but for those around us?

PSST Section 4 – Why was the woman with the issue of blood so drawn to Jesus? Help your students understand just what a huge risk she was taking by being in this throng of people; help them see why she trembled and fell before Jesus when she was found out. How often do we feel oppressed by the laws that matter tries to impose upon us? Then, look at Jesus’ response to her. What promise does this offer to us as we grow closer to and finally touch the hem of Christ’s divine garment?

PSST Section 5 – Do your students find themselves tempted to follow false gods? What are the false gods of this age? Who is the fountain of living waters (Jer. 2:13)? If water is the Word of God (look at John 1:1), who is the source of that Word? And why is it important to keep that source in front of us, rather than relying on broken cisterns (Jer. 2:13)? What are the stocks and stones (Jer. 2:27) that we are tempted to worship? Must we continue to be deceived by them, even if everyone around us has (Ezek 18:3)?

PSST Section 6 – This lesson comes full circle from John 1:3 to Revelation 4:11. Keep that conversation alive and at the center of your students’ thoughts – who is the creator of all? What is the impact of truly understanding these two verses at the foundation of our understanding of Christian Science?

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