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[PSST: Don’t be list-less! Measure your goodness daily against the list in citation B2.]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT”
for October 15-21, 2018

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – What has God told you about your goodness? Do you know you were made for goodness? What guidance is provided in the Golden Text from Micah for your daily demonstration of goodness?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – In the Responsive Reading, Hebrews 9:24 & 36, what are you asked to consider? In doing this, what should you expect to receive? What is this “promise”?

The study of Christian Science places great emphasis on demonstration. What does demonstration mean? Why is it important? Is it that it provides proof of who we are as spiritual beings, always good, at-one with God? Keep in mind this demonstration is not only mine, but for all of us, since one proof demonstrates that what is so for one is so for all.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – There is more about what is promised to us in this section. Read together citation B2. What qualities of goodness are mentioned in that citation?

grace, peace, life, godliness, great and precious promises, diligence, faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, charity

What a list is this; a wonderful list to measure our goodness each day. What does Mary Baker Eddy tell us in citation S2 about what is to be wrought, worked out, each day? Unity! The adage – “There is more that unites us than divides us”, seems appropriate to consider. Read together Hymn 196 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed here):

“Now is the time approaching, By prophets long foretold, When all shall dwell together, One Shepherd and one fold.

Now Jew and Gentile, meeting From many a distant shore, Around one altar kneeling, One common Lord adore.

Let all that now divides us Remove and pass away, Like shadows of the morning Before the blaze of day.

Let all that now unites us More sweet and lasting prove, A closer bond of union, In a blest land of love.”

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – Citation B6 contains a portion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Read this citation together.

What is Jesus’ message to his followers? That includes you!

Do you think Jesus’ message astonishes people today, especially the part that declares, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”? Do you agree with that message? Why?

What does Mary Baker Eddy tell us about the essence of the Sermon on the Mount in citation S5? Being made for goodness, being united with God, places us in a distinct position to answer the questions posed in citation S6, verses 6-11.

Read together Hymn 195 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed here):

“Not what I am, O Lord, but what Thou art; That, that alone can be my soul’s true rest; Thy love, not mine, bids fear and doubt depart, And stills the tumult of my troubled breast.

Girt with the love of God, on every side, I breathe that love as heaven’s own healing air; I work and pray, and follow still my guide, And fear no foe, escaping every snare.

’Tis what I know of Thee, my Lord and God, That fills my soul with peace, my lips with song; Thou art my health, my joy, my staff, my rod; I lean on Thee, in weakness I am strong.”

Helpful guidance, don’t you think?

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – How are you like those fellows called by Jesus in citation B8? Would you have dropped everything and followed him? Will you do so today? How do you think these fishermen were prepared and receptive of Jesus? There is a hint to their preparedness in citation B10. What does it mean to “go to the Father”? The words of Mary Baker Eddy in the Science & Health portion of this section focus on demonstration. Review those citations and state where you see the word “demonstration” or any of its forms or expanded meanings. What does she call on us as followers of Jesus to do in citation S9? These demonstrations are evidence of our unity with God, our at-one-ment with God.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – The statement in citation S14, “Reason is the most active human faculty”, is a hint as to what we are called to do. What do you think “reason” means? What are some attributes or qualities of reasoning? Think, think deeply, consider, evaluate…. Read together Isaiah 1:18(to 🙂 and 19: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord:.. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:”

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What is the symbol on the cover of Science & Health? What do you think the Cross and Crown represent? See citation B15. Read also S&H 407:6-20. What is the point? S&H 254:27-31 explains:

“If you launch your bark upon the ever-agitated but healthful waters of truth, you will encounter storms, your good will be evil spoken of. This is the cross. Take it up and bear it, for through it you win and wear the crown.”

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – What kind of example are you called on to be in citation B17?

This is a summary of where we began this Lesson – You are an example as one made for goodness. What is the conclusion drawn in citation B19? – “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”

Do you desire to be happy? Then act and live as at-one with God.

Read together Hymn 93 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed here):

“Happy the man whose heart can rest, Assured God’s goodness ne’er will cease; Each day, complete, with joy is blessed, God keepeth him in perfect peace.

God keepeth him, and God is one, One Life, forevermore the same, One Truth unchanged while ages run; Eternal Love His holiest name.

Dwelling in Love that cannot change, From anxious fear man finds release; No more his homeless longings range, God keepeth him in perfect peace.

In perfect peace, with tumult stilled, Enhavened where no storms arise, There man can work what God hath willed; The joy of perfect work his prize.”

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