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PSST: Delight in God’s love and care for you!
P
ossible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“God the Preserver of Man”
for December 13, 2020

by Lindsey Biggs, C.S of Maryland Heights, MO
540 460 3515 biggs.lindsey@gmail.com

P.S.S.T. for Golden Text

What are some attributes of a rock (II Samuel 22:2)? What does it mean that God is our rock? What is a fortress? How does someone feel when they are in a fortress? What does this mean about our relationship with God?

P.S.S.T. for Responsive Reading

This Responsive Reading has so many excellent action words to describe all the ways that God preserves us. Take a look at it together and highlight all the verbs that describe how God is taking care of us. Here are a few examples:

  • Delivered
  • Drew me up
  • Heard my voice
  • Saved me

Look for how many times “I called upon the Lord” shows up. Then, follow it up with exploring what God’s response is when we call on Him (think about those action words).

P.S.S.T. for Section 1 – God loves, cares for, and protects His creation.

Think about something you love to draw. Do you draw it with lovingkindness? We can think of God as an artist who has drawn each of us with lovingkindess (Jeremiah 31:3/citation B1). So anything unlike that lovingkindness can’t be part of our real nature/identity. A drawing project where the kids get to be the artist could be a fun opportunity for kids to think about what attributes they would like to include in their creations.

Memorize it together: “The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” (Psalms 121:8/cit. B2) This is a great one for traveling, or coming and going from school. Anytime they leave the house they can think about how God loves and cares for them.

“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” (Psalms 34:3/cit. B3) If you have a magnifying glass, bring it to class and explore what things look like through it together. Notice how the items get bigger! Can we magnify God all day long, so God — Love, Truth, and Life — grow bigger in our thought? When Love, Truth, and Life are magnified, we are happy, peaceful and productive. So, let’s magnify God, good, more in our lives and evil will have to fade out.

“thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.” (Psalms 18:28/cit. B4) Light is such a great metaphor to describe the nature and effect of God. You could try turning on and off the light and talk about what happens. What does the light stand for? Truth, Life, Love, health, harmony, purity, and joy. When we turn that “light” on, what happens to the darkness? It disappears! Naturally and effortlessly. If your class is meeting over Zoom maybe there is a photo or video of a candle being lit in a dark room that you could screen share.

P.S.S.T. for Section 2 – Find refuge in the love of God.

What is a “refuge”? How does someone feel when they are in a refuge? What does this tell us about our secure relationship with God?

Psalms 91 (cit. B7) has been a favorite psalm of many people over the years. This is another great opportunity to explore some of those descriptions and actions related to God’s care.
Do your students think they can memorize it?

Explore the distinction between human will and divine will (SH p. 490/cit. S10). Make a list of characteristics of each. How does this help us know which one is governing us?
Do your students have examples to share of when they gave up their own will and found there was a better plan in store?
Yielding human will to divine will is a great way to experience healing — to bring our thought in accord with God’s nature. Prayer of Surrender is a beautiful article that talks about the healing power behind Psalm 91 and surrendering to God’s presence and power.

“At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil.” (SH, p. 571/cit. S12) What does it mean to “know yourself”? Does it mean knowing your name, hair color, and eye color? Or does it mean to know yourself spiritually? God wants us to have the victory over evil – to know and demonstrate our spiritual power. So, God gives us the supply, wisdom, and spiritual inspiration we need to overcome any challenge that comes our way.

P.S.S.T. for Section 3 – Demonstrate our victory over every belief or phase of evil.

How did Jesus escape through the crowd (Luke 4/cit. B11)? Explore some ideas that we can learn from this Bible story. What does this story have to do with God’s preserving power?

What does “no prophet is accepted in his own country” mean to you? Have you ever experienced a time when someone doubted your abilities? Or perhaps we simply see ourselves as inadequate? How can we overcome those temptations through an understanding of God as our true origin and rock? How does knowing who you really are and where you come from spiritually contribute to your dominion and freedom?

Explore the W.A.L.L. treatment in citation S16/SH p. 495.
How can we utilize these passages in praying for ourselves and the world?

“When the illusion tempts you…Allow nothing but his likeness…Let neither fear nor doubt…Let Christian Science support your understanding of being…”

P.S.S.T. for Section 4 – Truth makes man free!

This section is filled with short quotes that pack a punch!

  • “No power can withstand divine Love.” (cit. S17/SH p.224)
  • “There is no power apart from God.” (cit. S18/SH p. 228)
  • “Truth makes man free.” (cit. S17/SH p. 224)
  • “Love is the liberator.” (cit. S19/SH p. 225)

Plus, so many more! These are great to write down in journals.
They are also great to memorize!
Hold to them throughout the day when you need an uplift!

When we realize that nothing – no power –0 can withstand divine Love, we recognize the allness and power of God’s love right here and now, and healing happens!

Truth, God, makes man free. If something enslaves us, it is the opposite of God’s government and has no right to exist and no power. How can praying to know this help lift our world from the impositions it faces? How can praying to know this also help us demonstrate our “God-given dominion over the material senses” (S18/SH p. 288)?

Help your students to see the practicality of putting these ideas into practice and demonstrating them on a daily basis.

P.S.S.T. for Section 5 – Have courage and strength in spite of persecution

Paul is someone who embodied perseverance, dedication, and courage despite endless persecution (cit. B18/Acts 9)! He really embodied the beatitude that Jesus gave us: Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)

What does persecution mean to you?
What are some examples of persecution?
How can times of persecution make us even stronger?

Explore Paul’s life together and see if you can find all the ways in which he was persecuted and overcame those limitations.
What qualities do you think he expressed most?
Do you think he was successful in his ministry? Why?

Romans 8 is a great chapter to explore to help us gain courage and strength. Explore some ideas in this chapter that Paul wrote and see how he really lived this ideal:

“in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)

P.S.S.T. for Section 6 – Demonstrate our unity and oneness with Mind.

What are some ways that we can put our trust in God – “under the shadow of thy wings” (cit. B20/Psalms 36:7)?
How can this trust move beyond a blind faith to the spiritual understanding that comes from demonstrating God’s power?

“The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.” (cit. B21/Psalms 37:31)
What a great idea to apply to sports and outdoor activities. When we are running, rock climbing, hiking, etc., we can know that none of our steps can slide because the law of God is in our hearts and governing each footstep.

In Isaiah 60:18 (cit. B22) there is the promise that violence will no longer be heard in the land. Could this also apply to anger? And to disagreements or squabbles with family members?
What qualities and actions are needed to help uproot inharmony in the family?

“It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind…” (cit. S30/SH, p. 458)
Can this passage also help us to have more unity with family and friends? How so?
Try giving your students that challenge, to apply this passage during the week and share the fruitage!

“The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science…” (cit. S29/SH p. 470) This passage is a great one to help students know that they never were outside of God’s kingdom and care. Mortal mind always claims something happened to separate us from God, but we can deny that powerfully with the truth in this passage that shows that we never were out of God’s care.
We can disagree with mortal mind, and find our way to health and healing.

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