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PSST: Explore what it means to worship the Father in spirit and in truth.
ossible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

for July 12, 2020

by Lindsey Biggs, C.S of Maryland Heights, MO
540 460 3515 biggs.lindsey@gmail.com

P.S.S.T. for the Golden Text
What could the place mentioned in the Golden Text refer to? Where were the children of Israel going and what were they looking forward to? How can recognizing that the Kingdom of Heaven is already within us help us on our journey? Do you set spiritual goals, and, if so, how do they help you?

P.S.S.T. for the Responsive Reading
What is the Passover that the Jewish people commemorated then and still commemorate today? What does it symbolize for the Jewish people?

Sometimes when we are working hard towards a goal, we may not always take the direct route — like through the land of the Philistines; we may take a roundabout way, but learn many wonderful lessons along the way – like through the wilderness. What opportunities did the children of Israel have to learn more about God and deepen their understanding and relationship with Him?

Let’s think about that “pillar of cloud” and “pillar of fire”. How did these two pillars guard and guide them on their journey? Can your students recall anything else in the Bible that guards us and guides us? How about the Sword of Truth (SH, p. 538) and the Shepherd’s rod and staff? How are both of these elements — guarding and guiding — important ways that God leads us on our journey?

P.S.S.T. for Section 1 – Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord
How did the Israelites become enslaved?
Why do you think Pharaoh changed his mind so many times about freeing the Israelites?
When the Israelites were feeling afraid, what did Moses tell them to do?
How can his guidance “fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord…” be helpful to us today? How can this be a type of prayer that can be applied to uncertain situations we may face?
Have your students ever had an experience in which they felt like the metaphorical sea was parted and they were able to go forward smoothly and safely on dry ground?

P.S.S.T. for Section 2 – Worship God in the way you live your life
What are the 3 things that God requires of us, according to Micah? How does this type of worship contrast with the type of worship mentioned in the previous line of Micah? Can you elaborate on other ways to worship God “in spirit and truth”? Which type of worship is more freeing to you and why?

How do we surrender material sensation, affection, and worship? What does this mean to you? Is this a hard thing? What does this have to do with the first commandment? Are there benefits to doing so? What are the benefits of it mentioned in the remainder of the citation? Can your students give an example of a time in which they gave up something that they didn’t want to at first, but found greater spiritual lessons in doing so? The Radical Acts card game is a great discussion starter with similar types of questions that your class may enjoy playing. Your Reading Room may have a copy of the game.

P.S.S.T. for Section 3 – Be baptized every day!
Maybe your students have friends who have been baptized. I wonder if they have ever had a conversation with their friend about what that baptism was like and what it meant to them? What does baptism mean in Christian Science? What kind of baptism do Christian Scientists participate in? Is this a one-time event or can it be done multiple times — maybe even every day? What do you think “suffer it to be so now” means? How would the baptism of Jesus have aided in the “advancement of spiritual good”?

Have you ever had to do something that didn’t fully align with your spirituality but perhaps was necessary? What did you learn from this experience?

P.S.S.T. for Section 4 – The bread, the cup, and the cross
What does it mean to “deny yourself” and “take up the cross”? Is this a fun thing to do? Why or why not? What are some of the benefits of doing so? What was the benefit of Jesus doing so?

What is the Eucharist in other Christian churches?
What is the spiritual sense of the Eucharist that Mary Baker Eddy gives us?
What does the bread represent? How about the wine and the cup?

P.S.S.T. for Section 5 – Not my will, but Thine be done
Have you ever had to do something that you really didn’t want to do? Well, Jesus has been there, too (magnified times 1,000). When we go through hard times it can be comforting to know that Jesus has been there, too. He also would rather have been somewhere else, but he was there, humble and willing and praying to God. Such a sacrifice! How comforting it must have been, though, to know that it would all work together for good that if his loving Father, God, was asking him to do something, that he would be able to do it and God would provide the comfort, strength, and victory he needed.
How does his first petition to God differ slightly from his second petition to God? How does this show a shift in his thought?
How does Mary Baker Eddy describe the meaning of “Not my will, but Thine, be done” (S17, 33:18)? Can this be a motto for our lives? What types of actions follow a life lived with this motto?

P.S.S.T. for Section 6 – Experience the joy of resurrection each day
According to this account in Mark, who was the first person to see the resurrected Jesus? Did the disciples believe her? How did Jesus feel about the fact that they didn’t believe her? What did the disciples go back to doing after Jesus was crucified? What does this tell us? Were they fruitful in their old jobs? Why or why not? What did Jesus tell them to do when he saw them fishing? What could casting your net on the “right side” symbolize? How do you think they felt seeing Jesus again? What did they continue to do with their lives after that what were their new jobs? Explore the definition of “resurrection” in the Glossary. Can we experience resurrection on a daily basis? Why or why not?

Enjoy your class!

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