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PSST: Explore Jesus’ life and demonstrations this week for Easter Sunday!
P
ossible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?”
for April 12, 2020

By Lindsey Biggs, C.S. Maryland Heights, MO
541-460-3515 biggs.lindsey@gmail.com

P.S.S.T. for Golden Text

What is Easter really all about?
What is the victory that God gave to Christ Jesus?
What is the victory that we can have through following the life and teachings of Christ Jesus?

P.S.S.T. for Responsive Reading

Explore the responses that Jesus gave to rebuke evil. Notice that he responds using 3 verses from Scripture: three verses from Deuteronomy (8:3, 6:16, and 6:13). He understood the divine authority that came from the Torah teaching that is contained in Deuteronomy. He knew this teaching, was familiar with it, and knew it had the power of God behind it. How can our Sunday School students use these same ideas? What verses from the Bible, passages from Science and Health, or hymns have they used to demonstrate healing?

How great to know that God is very pleased with us, too, as His/Her sons and daughters.
We have the right to live our lives from this standpoint of knowing we are the blessed, beloved children of an infinite good, God.

P.S.S.T. for Section 1 – God’s will is totally good

Citation B1 (B1) – “God so loved the world…” that God gave us a Savior!
What does that tell us about God’s will for us?
God’s will for us is goodness, abundance, peace, harmony, and salvation from the belief of matter/limitation/lack.

(B2) – What are the “gifts” that God gives us?
What are some of the spiritual gifts that God gives us?
In addition to meeting our human needs, God supplies us with spiritual qualities like joy, stability, vitality, energy, health, wellbeing.
See if your students can make a list of some of the spiritual gifts that God has given us.

(B3) – It’s wonderful to know that God IS making everything beautiful and will continue to unfold beauty and harmony to the human consciousness each moment. We can be looking for the signs of God’s beauty around us (blooming trees, family walks, etc.)

Dive deeper into this passage from Ecclesiastes: “whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever…” What are some of the things that God does that are forever?
Have a conversation that awakens the thought of students to recognize the permanence of God’s goodness and love.

(S3) – I love this passage because it’s such a simple one to grasp for our students.
If it’s not good or worthy then God didn’t make it!
Make a list of some of the “good and worthy” things/ideas that God made.
Look at those in contrast to some of the things we know He did NOT make: sin, sickness, death.

(S6) – I love this definition of salvation. Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated! How have your students experienced the salvation (the freedom from sickness, limitation, etc.) that came from a glimpse they gained of divine Life, Truth, and Love – that paved the way for spiritual understanding? Hint: every healing includes this salvation!

P.S.S.T. for Section 2 – Demonstrate the allness of Spirit and the nothingness of matter

(B6) – Why did Jesus tell John the Baptist to look to the “works”/healings to know if Jesus was the Messiah? Why is his answer important to us today?
His answer tells us about the healing effect of knowing and demonstrating God’s presence. What does this tell us about what it means to “walk the walk”?

What does “I and my Father are one” mean? I would love to hear responses from Sunday School students on this! How do they interpret this passage? If they need help, perhaps point them to Mary Baker Eddy’s passage in Science and Health, p. 361 about a “drop of water”. What does this tell us about our being? How can this result in healing?
Do your students think they can apply this idea this week?
What are the effects of knowing our oneness with God?

(S7) – Isn’t it awesome that error (sin, sickness, etc.) had no “terror” for Jesus?
He wasn’t afraid of it! This is a necessary step in healing!

(S10) – Jesus knew the nothingness of matter.
What does it mean to know the ‘nothingness of matter’? How do we make that practical?
Why do we want to do that?
Hint: Glimpsing the allness of Spirit and demonstrating the spiritual reality (thereby knowing the nothingness of matter) gives us greater freedom, harmony, health, and peace!
Consider taking a peek at the definition of “matter” in the Glossary for helpful ideas to explore what we are denying.
Are we denying the fun of a good time, the comfort of a hug, enjoying a good book, etc.?
No! All the joy, harmony, and goodness of right activity comes straight from God and are divine blessings.

I love the part of the passage “all-inclusive God, good.” (S10) All-inclusive means no one is left out – it’s universal!

P.S.S.T. for Section 3 – Error is no thing!

(S12) – “Error is always error. It is no thing.”
What a simple and clear statement for Sunday School students to utilize and apply!
It is “no thing.” Not a person, not a place, not a thing. We don’t want to make a reality out of it – we deny the reality of it! Our 1st grader gets really excited about telling error “NO!” when temptations come to him. We can all deny error with the same vivacity and thrill!

Consider exploring the thinking of Judas together. When did he start plotting to betray Jesus? What did he get in return? What happened to him in the end?
Isn’t it interesting that Jesus still loved Judas?
Of course, redemption is for everyone, so we know that Judas is the beloved child of God, even though he was tempted and betrayed Jesus. We can see that God’s unconditional love is for everyone and Jesus so perfectly demonstrated this.

P.S.S.T. for Section 4 – Selfless sacrifice

(B11) — This Bible account is rich with ideas to explore!
Consider these 3 topics:

  • “…not my will but thine be done”,
  • overcoming anger/preventing violence with healing love; and
  • being watchful.
  1. Explore “…not my will but thine be done” together. What does this mean? What was Jesus hoping and praying for in his petition to God? What does this show us about having the courage to go through with things we may not want to do?
    How can we learn from Jesus’ example here?
    Think about a list of qualities that Jesus was expressing here.
    How can we express these same qualities this week?
  1. Have you helped someone overcome anger or kept someone from fighting?
    Look at Jesus’ example
    and relationship with his disciples here. Jesus was being a great role model and friend! How can we be the same for others?
    Have others been that role model/example for you? See if students have an example to share when they were able to be on the giving or receiving end of peacemaking.
  1. What does it mean to be watchful?
    What are some qualities associated with watchfulness? How many times did Jesus try to awaken his disciples (note: read outside the markers for the full account)? Can you find the Garden of Gethsemane on a map? Check out the Glossary definition of Gethsemane in Science and Health.

P.S.S.T. for Section 5 – Jesus’ victory over every limitation

Explore the life of Mary Magdalene. What was Mary going to the tomb to do?
What does this tell us about her reverence for Jesus?
What do you think she felt when she saw Jesus alive and well?

Mary Baker Eddy tells us that Jesus' selfless act of the crucifixion and resurrection was for our enlightenment – to understand the allness of God, good, and the nothingness of matter.
In citation S18 she tells us that he proved Love to be the master of hate, Life to be deathless, and the power of Mind over matter. Why is this example still essential for us today?

Mary Baker Eddy also tells us that the disciples were empowered after his resurrection. Whereas they had previously been timid and frightened to share the Truth, now they had courage and strength and went about healing and preaching the good news.
How do you think they felt after seeing their Teacher come back to life again?
Pretty encouraging!
Have you had an experience that enhanced your faith and gave you greater spiritual conviction?

P.S.S.T. for Section 6 – Follow Jesus’ example

(B14) — How comforting to know that God/Christ is with us always – in every place and situation we find ourselves in!
Can you pray knowing that God is ever-present this week?
How does God’s ever presence give you peaceful assurance and comfort?

Explore Jesus’ ascension together.
What does it mean to ascend?
What does it mean for matter to disappear out of sight?
Jesus' identity and individuality is eternal, right?
What does this show each of us about our eternal life and spiritual individuality?

(S23) – What are some ways that your students can live in accord with Jesus’ teachings this week? See if they can name 3 ways they can put this into practice.

Explore citation S24 (SH p. 495) as an effective way to pray. I’ve heard inspiring testimonies recently from people who have utilized this passage and found healing!
See if you can find 3 of the 4 statements in this passage that correspond with the acronym W.A.L.L. (Hint: look “outside the chalk” to see the 4th one).

Enjoy your classes!

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