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Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on;
for Sunday, July 25, 2017

By Steve Henn, C.S. St. Louis, Missouri

[Warren: Steve's been a CedarS Program Director & teaches English at The Principia School.]

PSST Golden Text (GT): Three key ideas are presented in this Golden Text: Righteousness, the Lord, and Truth. How do these three ideas relate to each other? Where do they converge? In particular, how do righteousness and God give greater clarity to Truth?

What is good, and how does God give that which is good? What is the more central idea in the context of your students’ lives, God giving, or the gifts being good?

PSST Responsive Reading (RR): Key themes from the GT show up in this RR. Have your students make connections between the two. Where do they see God’s gifts freely given in this RR? Where do they see righteousness? Where do they see Truth? And perhaps most obvious, but also important to discuss explicitly, where is God in this RR? How is God talked about? What are key concepts for them to learn about God in this RR?

What is doctrine, how is this word defined? (Look it up, or have students look it up if no one knows for certain what the definition is.) How does doctrine contrast with truth? Which is more important/valuable for us to pay attention to? How can we distinguish between the two; why should we?

PSST Section 1: In citation B2 there is a combination of ideas: true God, living God, and everlasting king. How do these ideas combine to reveal more about God as truth/Truth?

Consider citation S1; what do your students believe about God, and what is their sense of Truth? What does it mean to understand Truth? What is so critical about the statement that God is Truth?

Look deeper into citation S2. Explore that metaphor of light and darkness and compare that relationship to the relationship between Truth and error. How are these two pairs similar and what do we learn about Truth with this comparison?

PSST Section 2: What lessons can we learn from Joseph? Did he have reason to hold a grudge against his brothers? What enabled him to move past this?

What role does Truth play in the government of our lives? How often are we aware of Truth’s government?

Where do your students see themselves on the continuum of yielding to Truth? Have they yielded slowly, with a struggle, or do they still not admit the importance of Truth in their lives? Why is this yielding and admission of yielding so important?

PSST Section 3: Citation B10 asks who will be close to God. Why is speaking truth in the heart so important? What does that suggest about our relationship to Truth?

How does this heart-filled approach to Truth result in healing? How might a true love of Truth lead to a change of base in mind and a yielding “to the harmony of the divine Mind”?

Have your students felt friction with their study of Science? What does Mrs. Eddy say about this friction in citation B15? How should we respond to it?

PSST Section 4: What is wisdom? Where does it come from? Why/how is it better than strength?

How does wisdom relate to the law of God?

How powerful is discord or error in the face of spiritual Truth?

How do your students react to the idea of the “certainty of ultimate perfection”? Are they certain about ultimate perfection in their lives? If not, what questions do they have and how can Truth answer those? If they are certain, what is the basis for their certainty?

PSST Section 5: What is true about the woman taken in adultery? How does Jesus serve as a true witness in this situation? What can we learn from Jesus’ example? How is it relevant in our own lives? When do we play the role of the woman, when do we play the role of the scribes and Pharisees, when do we play the role of Jesus?

What does it take to obtain ultimate freedom?

Why are moral beliefs as important as physical beliefs in our consideration of healing and perfection?

Who has ultimate control or power in the battle between Truth and error? Is it our responsibility to make Truth true, or to establish the power of Truth? If not ours, whose responsibility is this? What makes man free?

PSST Section 6: Who is stopping us from relying on God fully? What is stopping us?? How can we overcome this resistance?

How does walking in Truth help us overcome obstacles to following or trusting in God?

Why and how should we rejoice that we are subject to the divine “powers that be”?

At the end of this discussion, what do we know/understand better about Truth? All the way back in citation S1 we are told that we must understand Truth. How much more down this path have we walked today? This week? And how much further do we plan to walk in the coming week? This study of Truth is an eternal one that brings with it infinite blessings.

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