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[PSST: Expect & accept only Good & harmony in all your endeavors! RR]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson:

“Man”
for August 31-September 6, 2020

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text (GT) Let’s anchor this Lesson with a statement about who you are, found in Hymn 382 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

Hymn 382:

What is thy birthright, man, Child of the perfect One;
What is thy Father's plan For His beloved son?
Thou art Truth's honest child, Of pure and sinless heart;
Thou treadest undefiled In Christly paths apart.
Vain dreams shall disappear As Truth dawns on the sight;
The phantoms of thy fear Shall flee before the light.
Take then the sacred rod; Thou art not error's thrall;
Thou hast the gift of God— Dominion over all.

The Golden Text states “…behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” What is this kingdom and why would it be in you? One must change one’s view from thinking about the kingdom as being a place in the sky or hidden from view and looking to Mary Baker Eddy’s (MBE) definition of Kingdom of Heaven in Science & Health 590:1: “The reign of harmony in divine Science; the realm of unerring, eternal, and omnipotent Mind; the atmosphere of Spirit, where Soul is supreme.”

With that definition we can then look to, look for, and behold harmony, Spirit at work, and the all and only Mind active and operating in our lives.
How would you define harmony? What are some synonyms and characteristics of harmony?
Do you accept that harmony is real, for everyone, and more than just a theory, hope, or desire?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading (RR) – There are several key points in the RR:

  • What do you consider God’s deeds among the people? Where can you hear or read about God’s deeds at work today? Wednesday Evening meetings in Christian Science churches, testimonies of healing in the Christian Science periodicals, or in JSH-Online (jsh.christianscience.com).
  • What are the things to come concerning the works of God, and that includes you? What is to be expected and accepted in your life? Good only, harmony in all your endeavors.
  • What is the highway set before you, — what is your path? Might you consider holiness as also wholeness, that is, no separation between you and your Creator? Read your call to action in Hymn 12 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below). What does stanza three tell you about God’s plan for you and everyone?

Hymn 12:

Arise ye people, take your stand, Cast out your idols from the land,
Above all doctrine, form or creed Is found the Truth that meets your need.
Christ's promise stands: they that believe His works shall do, his power receive.

Go forward then, and as ye preach So let your works confirm your speech,
And prove to all with following sign The Word of God is power divine.
In love and healing ministry Show forth the Truth that makes men free.

O Father-Mother God, whose plan Hath given dominion unto man,
In Thine own image we may see Man pure and upright, whole and free.
And ever through our work shall shine That light whose glory, Lord, is Thine.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – What do you know about the story of creation in Genesis Chapter 1? Who did the creating? What was the result? Who or what was/is included? How are we to behold what was created? It was good in its origin and remains so. What is stated about you in Citation B2, Deut. 7:6-13?

  • Thou art an holy people (remember: holy-whole)
  • You are a chosen people (a special people)
  • God is faithful to Her creation and keeps close watch
  • God loves you, blesses you, and multiplies all that is associated with you

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – God has done all of this for you. In your relationship with God, what is your role? How does Mark state it in Citation B9, Mark 12:29-30? Read what Mary Baker Eddy says about this relationship in Citation S5, 340:16. She was a student of the scriptures; why do you suppose she chose this passage as her favorite text?

Offer to students this statement for memorization: “To begin rightly is to end rightly” (Science & Health 262:28). Good, harmony was in the beginning and continues forever. Ask students to share examples of good and harmony from their experiences.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – Read the scripture story in Citation B12, II Kings 4:8-36. How does this story of the Shunammite woman expand upon the Golden Text about the presence and location of the kingdom of Heaven? How does this story counter any belief that God could abandon or forget about Her creation?

Read also Citation S12 (SH 206:19): “Does God send sickness, giving the mother her child for the brief space of a few years and then taking it away by death? Instead of God sending sickness and death, He destroys them, and brings to light immortality.”

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – What are the key takeaways in Citation S15, 475:28-1?

  • You are incapable of sin, sickness, and death
  • You cannot depart from holiness (wholeness)
  • You are not a mortal nor a sinner

Read together Hymn 160 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below). See especially these lines:

  • Aye, darkling sense, arise, go hence
  • Love looseth thee

Hymn 160

It matters not what be thy lot, So Love doth guide;
For storm or shine, pure peace is thine, Whate'er betide.
And of these stones, or tyrants' thrones, God able is To raise up seed—
in thought and deed— To faithful His.
Aye, darkling sense, arise, go hence! Our God is good.
False fears are foes—truth tatters those, When understood.
Love looseth thee, and lifteth me, Ayont hate's thrall:
There Life is light, and wisdom might, And God is All.
The centuries break, the earth-bound wake, God's glorified!
Who doth His will—His likeness still—Is satisfied.

How do you go about achieving, receiving this satisfaction? See Citation S19 (SH 391:29): “Mentality contradict every complaint from the body, and rise to the true consciousness of Life as Love, — as all that is pure, and bearing the fruits of Spirit.”

Goodness, harmony, holiness (wholeness) are fruits of Spirit.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What was Jesus’ answer to the question: “When will the kingdom of God come?” See Citation B21, Luke 17:20-21.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Read together the response to the question “What is man?” in Science and Health (475:6-477:18). Ask students to state their key takeaways from this passage.

Conclude with reading together Citation S29 (SH 516:21): “Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.”

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