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PSST: Discover your real, unfallen* identity as the image of God! [*cit. S23/476, S31/171]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Adam and Fallen* Man”
for November 8, 2020

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

P.S.S.T. for Golden Text [Psalm 119:12, 15]

We all want to feel revived by the Word of God! What does “revival” mean to you? What tools do we have to help us feel revived by the Word of God each day?

P.S.S.T. for Responsive Reading

Giving thanks! Clothed with gladness! What is the tenor of this psalmist? Perhaps he/she feels so glad because they are made in the image and likeness of God. Perhaps he/she has been healed and recognized their true spiritual identity. Now that is a reason for gladness and thanks!

Check out some awesome videos about Psalms on ChristianScience.com. They include examples of the different themes, characters, and types of Psalms. These videos can be excellent tools, especially for classes held via Zoom. (Scroll down the linked page to get to the video section).

P.S.S.T. for Section 1 – Genesis 1: the foundation for our demonstration

We start off this lesson with Genesis 1. Why is Genesis 1 such a great foundation in Christian Science? When we experience healing, aren’t we proving Genesis 1 is the reality of our being? What does it mean to be a “spiritual creation”? What does this mean for your life and relationship with God?

Check out this TeenConnect article for some great ideas about what it means to be spiritual and why that is important.

When we pray, we have the enforcement of God behind each prayer and every angel message. The Christ brings those healing, angel messages to our consciousness. The Spirit bears “witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God." (cit. B3/Romans 8:16)

How wonderful to know that we always have an awesome force behind us seeing and knowing what we really are!

What does it mean to you to have “dominion”?
What are some attributes/synonyms that your class can come up with to expand that word dominion?

P.S.S.T. for Section 2 – Explore true womanhood as directly emanating from God

What are the downfalls of believing in Eve (i.e. women) as proceeding from the rib of a mortal man? [Gen. 2:21, cit. B5]
How can our prayers elevate this false, limiting concept of both men and women?
What does Christian Science teach us on this subject? How can the correct concept of men and women result in healing and bring about the removal of gender limitations and inequality?

This article No Borrowed Bones tells how one woman was healed physically through elevating her concept of both men and women to the spiritual account recorded in Genesis 1. Check out the 5 false concepts (mentioned in the article) that were essential to correct through Christian Science treatment.

P.S.S.T. for Section 3 – Expose the serpent’s methods so that we are not fooled!

Explore the methods of the serpent in this section. [Gen. 3:1-6, cit. B7] What is the serpent offering? What does the serpent tell Eve so that she can attain it?
Was the serpent offering something good or dressing up evil to look like it was good?

Notice that the serpent can’t actually make Eve eat the apple. It has no power to do so. It can only tempt and trick her into believing that she wants to eat the apple.

Similarly, this is like when evil tempted Jesus (3 times in the wilderness). When it tempted him to throw himself off a pinnacle of the temple [Matt. 4:5-7], it had no power to push him.
It can only tempt, suggest, and whisper. It has no real power to act.

“Whence comes a talking, lying serpent to tempt the children of Love?” Mary Baker Eddy asks. (cit. S13/SH 529) Affirming that we are children of divine Love helps keep us alert to the methods of the tricky serpent.

P.S.S.T. for Section 4 – Christ reveals our true nature as children of God

How does Christ Jesus give us a “remedy” for Adam, error? (cit. S17/SH 534)
How does he lift our “thought-models” higher? (S19/SH 259)

“The admission to oneself that man is God’s own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea.” (S20/SH 90) How does admitting to ourselves that we are spiritual – the image and likeness of God – set us free?
Can a spiritual idea have limits? Can it be imposed upon? Or does the image and likeness of God have dominion? The spiritual image and likeness embodies poise, precision, discernment, humor, intelligence, joy, flexibility, movement, etc. Admitting that we are the image and likeness of God, shows that we have these qualities each moment.

What does Mary Baker Eddy tell us needs to be the basis for our thought and demonstration (see cit. S19/SH 259)? Perfect God and perfect man.
How does starting from the basis of spiritual, original perfection help us demonstrate health and healing?

P.S.S.T. for Section 5 – Jesus reveals our oneness with God, Spirit, too!

Jesus said “I am in the Father, and the Father in me…” (cit. B15/John 14:11)
What does this mean to you?
Can you say that you are also in the Father and the Father is in you? Why or why not?

Jesus also said the kingdom of God is within us. What does this mean to you?
Could it mean that you have instant access to God and the things you need wherever you go? How does Mary Baker Eddy describe this statement (see cit. S23/SH 476)?
Could it also mean that the kingdom of Heaven isn’t a physical location or something that you can buy? It’s not about the “haves” and the “have nots.” It’s available to everyone each moment through their relationship with and understanding of God. How does acknowledging this help us not be distracted by thoughts that tell us it’s “out there” somewhere?

P.S.S.T. for Section 6 – Paul proves life [of a literally fallen man] is in and of God

What are some spiritual ideas that you think Paul could have prayed with to witness the resurrection of this man Eutychus? [cit. B16/Acts 20:7-12] Certainly, telling the people that “his life is in him” gives us some helpful insights into the spiritual sense of life he must have had and witnessed about this man.

Do you think he was seeing this literally fallen man as the image and likeness of God or as a material son of Adam? Which basis do you think is important to healing?

Mary Baker Eddy tells us that “Life is, always has been, and ever will be independent of matter; for Life is God….” (cit. S27/SH 200)
How can these ideas help us heal any imposition or limitation on life?

P.S.S.T. for Section 7 – Live who you are as the image and likeness of Spirit!

We conclude this lesson with some final ideas:

“God’s man, spiritually created, is not material and mortal.” (cit. S29/SH 306)
This is an excellent fact to keep clear in thought. Might be a good one to memorize, too!

“The parent of all human discord was the Adam-dream….” (cit. S29/SH306 emphasis added)

How can you wake up from this Adam-dream on a daily basis and live your oneness with God? What are some tools that we have to keep us awake and help us demonstrate Christian Science?
What is the effect of being awake to the truth?
How does this help us heal ourselves, others, and the world?

Enjoy your class!

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