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[PSST: Feel how close by or nigh Truth is! (RR)]
Possible Sunday School Topics from CedarS for the Christian Science Bible lesson on


for Sunday, July 28, 2019

By Steve Henn, C.S.

PSST Golden Text (GT):
Do your students listen for God’s voice? What does it sound like to them? What experiences can you share with them where you were directed by divine inspiration?
Think of all the instances that limited, mortal thinking would chalk up to “coincidence”.
Furthermore, notice the word “will” in this GT – what does that word add to this short, simple, and powerful passage?

PSST Responsive Reading (RR):
What does “nigh” mean? Do your students understand this older, less common word?
Why is it important to understand and feel how “nigh” [CLOSE BY] God’s word is to us? [At CedarS nearly every night we sing “Taps” which ends with God is nigh [because he surely is!]
Why should we obey God’s voice, and love Him with all our heart?
Why does Moses equate God’s doctrine to rain and dew?
How do those spread around the earth and ground?
How do they interact with the “tender herb”?
A God of judgment? Aren’t we taught to be non-judgmental?
What role does judgment play in our relationship with God and our practice of Christian Science? (Hint: a big one)

PSST Section 1:
Why is the beginning, creation in Genesis 1, an appropriate place to begin this lesson?
What does creation have to do with Truth, or what does Truth have to do with creation?
Notice the use of God’s word and doctrine throughout this first section – discuss how understanding Truth as God relates to God’s word and His doctrine/law.
How does Mary Baker Eddy make this connection?
How can we use our understanding of Christian Science in this first section to make broader connections to all mankind?

PSST Section 2:
Do your students ever ask God to show them the right path?
What does it mean when we are willing/able to ask this of God?
What does it look like to wait on God all day?
Continue looking for references to God’s voice – what does it mean for us to listen for the voice of Truth?
Why could Samuel hear God’s voice? Was he specially chosen to hear God? Or was there something about his character and approach to God that allowed him to hear God/Truth?
How can we listen for Truth daily? And how do we respond when Truth speaks?

PSST Section 3:
What role does God’s word play in this section? How are we protected on a daily basis?
What examples of protection can your students recall from their recent experience?
Is protection ever “coincidence”? Or does what we call coincidence actually mirror the divine order?
Do your students ever feel conflicting ideas or forces in their thinking?
How can they quiet the conflict and hear God’s direction?
Do they ever feel Truth, Life, Love instead of hearing or seeing it?
What does that feel like?

PSST Section 4:
Where is the “ground” Jesus speaks of in his parable? Is it the environment in which we live? Or is it in each of us? How do we ensure this ground is prepared to receive the good Christ has to offer? How can we be most sure to really “hear” God’s word and then follow it?
Are we ever tricked into missing the value of the “germ of infinite Truth”? [S19]
Is the call to “abide strictly” by the rules of Christian Science an unpleasant demand?
Is it one that we will find difficult to meet?
What would cause us to resist seeking God with all our hearts?
How do we see past the false suggestion of difficulty in preparing good soil to receive Christ’s Truth?

PSST Section 5:
What does the centurion’s approach to Jesus teach us about our relationship to God’s word? Why does Jesus praise him so vehemently?
What relationship do your students have with God’s word?
To what degree do they trust it? To what degree do they follow it?
How can this relationship be at the same time militant (as firm and principled as the military) and comforting (as supportive and loving as a mother dove)?
Do your students speak to error with command? How can we develop a sense of dominion over false suggestions?

PSST Section 6:
How do we develop our ability to hear God’s voice?
How can we practice and feel successful in hearing what God has to say to us every day, every moment of every day?
How does knowing the Truth make us free? Free from what? Free to do what?
What is that life that “approaches the supreme good”?
How can we go about turning what we hear from Christ, Love, Truth, Christian Science into practice?

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