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[PSST: Discuss how to follow Christ in all his ways & how to make steady progress there. (4)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

Probation after Death”
for April 28, 2019

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

PSST—Golden Text:
“Our” God – who is included in this [our] population?
If the issues of death belong to Him, what does that say about death?
Use Blue Letter Bible to look up the word “issues” and see how that adjusts the meaning of this passage. [Issues: (literally “outgoings”) Ways of escape (Ps 68:20)the King James Version);]

PSST—Responsive Reading (RR):
What is righteousness? How do we stay on that path? What would you be willing to do to be free from death?
Reading this RR, pay attention to the verbs and commands. [Commit, trust, bring to pass, rest wait…]
What are the actions associated with God, and with man?
What demands does God make on man? And what promises are offered?

PSST—Section 1:
What does it mean to have clean hands? Pure heart? Does purity have to do with human history – or is it more about the current state of one’s thought?
What does it mean to put God before us?
When God is before us, what are we looking at?
How does putting God before us help us to see reality more clearly?

PSST—Section 2:
What is the meaning of “follow” in citation B5?
What does it look like for goodness and mercy to follow us?
What clothes are being put upon us that we must remove?
How is mortality swallowed up in life?
Do we really see that there is no reality in death?
What are the results of living a life that is free from death? Consider what it really means that man is deathless, spiritual.

PSST—Section 3:
What does it mean to repent? That’s a great vocab word for your students – help them see beyond the surface and assumed meaning of repent. Jesus had a very specific message and meaning when he used that word.
Why are we to repent?
How does it help us to develop the talents and supply God provides us with? Why would God have us fearing and trembling before him?
Is it God’s good pleasure that we’re afraid and trembling? What does that passage suggest about our relationship with God?

PSST—Section 4:
What does Jesus mean when he demands that we deny ourselves?
What demonstrations have your students experienced in their journey on the path of Life?
What does it mean to Love Christ, love God? What does it take to do that?
And how does loving Christ and loving God either reflect or lead to demonstration?
Do we follow Christ in all his ways? What ways do your students currently follow him?
What are some ways they can work on? How can they make steady progress in that direction?

PSST—Section 5:
What is life eternal?
Do we ever attempt to hold Spirit in the hands of matter?
Are we ever unwittingly persecuting Truth and Love in our own lives/actions?

PSST—Section 6:
What are the central beliefs that must be destroyed in our lives in order to experience Christ as the way, the life and truth of our existence?
Who did Jesus appear to first? Why does this matter?
What does he call on his disciples to do?
Are we prepared to do the same? If not, how can we make progress until we are?

PSST—Section 7:
How do we find out that Life is eternal?
How do we begin the demonstration of Life being eternal?
How do we keep ourselves in God’s love?
And, lastly, how does the mercy of Christ lead to eternal life?

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