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[PSST: Experience immortality, your true nature! Expect to receive clarity & a blessing, when you ask.]

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Mortals and Immortals” for May 11-17, 2020

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.

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P.S.S.T. Golden Text (GT) – The past few lessons have laid out clearly the question and answer: Are you the man of Genesis 1 or Genesis 2? Once again, the question is posed in this lesson’s Golden Text: Are you earthy – material, mortal; or are you heavenly – spiritual, immortal? Can you be both?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading (RR) The Responsive Reading lays out clearly that now is the time to experience and participate in immortality, your true nature. What model are you beholding?

Read together in Science & Health 264:3-31 and 248:12-29.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – Citation S1 lays it out clearly. What is the demand stated there? To be God’s man, created spiritually. Citations S6 and S7 speak to your origin and continuity: You are the offspring of God and you have existed forever. In spite of what labels that may be applied, there is only one type of man, one type of you.
What is it – what label do you apply or affix to yourself?

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What is the prayer of petition in citation B4? “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me:..”

What is the lesson Jacob learned in the scripture story in citation B6? Perhaps: when you seek God, surely you will find him; when you look God in the eye and see him face-to-face, you also see yourself; when you ask for clarity or a blessing, be prepared to receive it.

Read together Hymn 19 from the Christian Science Hymnal, printed here:

Hymn 19

Behold, they stand in robes of white Who out of tribulation came,
With songs of joy upon their heads, They praise His holy name.
O these are they whose hearts are pure, And free from sin or any stain,
They stand before the throne of light, Their joy shall never wane.

They worship Him in spirit new, God's messengers of Love and Life,
They do His will, they speak His Word, That stills all pain and strife.
They show an ever clearer light, Like stars they shall forever shine;
They witness truly to His Word, And God saith, These are Mine.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – Read together SH 476:32-5.
How can you apply that beholding to the scripture story in citation B9?
What impact did Jesus’ beholding have on those who brought the woman to him?
How does this story serve as a caution to each of us as to how we behold others has impact on condemnation?
Is it time to change our view of a misperception of another?
Why do you think Jesus characterized their view as a sin?
Sin can be defined as believing or accepting that our selves or others are or can be separated from God. What is the opposite of separation? Connection.
What do citations S15 and S16 tell us of the result when we seek and behold man’s immortal nature, his connection to God, Spirit?

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Jesus regularly turned individuals to a view of things outside of matter. This might be considered a new view. Look for the following words or phrases in this section to see or behold immortality:

  • “…see the kingdom of God” – citation B10
  • “transformation” – citation S19
  • “…bear witness only to Truth” – citation S22
  • “…form you anew” – citation S23
  • “…linked…” – citation S25
  • “…recognize…” – citation S25

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What was the result of the immortal view of man in the scripture story in B12? What other scripture examples do you know of that were similar?

What are some synonyms of the word “resurrection”? Transformation, risen, awaken, morning (see SH 591:23), renewal.

Do you have the ability to see resurrection?
Is resurrection a one-time thing or can it be ongoing, daily, refreshed?
See the following in citation S29: “The evidence of man’s immortality will become more apparent, as material beliefs are given up and the immortal facts of being are admitted” (SH 428:27).

What is your duty revealed in that statement?
In other words, what are you admitting as real about yourself and everyone else?

Think back to the scripture stories in this lesson; what were the results when immortality was admitted as the reality with Jacob in Section 2, the woman in Section 3, Nicodemus in Section 4, the son of the woman from Nain in Section 5?

Read together in citation S29, lines 19-21. Do you see this is your “mental might”?

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – What is the great truth in citation S30?

  • “mortals will disappear, and immortals… will appear…” and
  • “Mortality is finally swallowed up in immortality.”

What are your key take-aways from the study of this lesson? Perhaps:

  • Resurrection is ongoing
  • Beholding is critical
  • Choosing the man of Genesis 1 is my duty
  • Your thoughts?
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