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P
ossible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Spirit”

for February 9, 2020

By Lindsey Biggs, C.S.

P.S.S.T. for Golden Text

I love this passage from Job. The apostles clearly demonstrated that it is the Holy Spirit which gave them the ability to do all that they needed to say, know, and do, and to be in the right places at the right time. That same Holy Spirit is present here today to give us and our students the answers and ideas and healing we need. What are some ways that your students have experienced this wisdom of Spirit guiding them? How have they received comfort and assurance? Have they received the right ideas at the right time when they were needed?

Encourage students to share examples, and bring an article from TeenConnect to add to the conversation.

P.S.S.T. for Responsive Reading

Who has given God wisdom? Where does God get His understanding from? Could God ever get tired? Could God ever run out of ideas? Why or why not?

Do your students think that this could be a helpful statement when playing basketball, running, or any other athletic activity?

“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” Isaiah 40:29

See if your students have favorite quotes from the Lesson that they can jot down and carry with them. Perhaps give them an assignment to think about a quote and put it into action throughout the week. Share examples of how they put that idea into action in class the next week.

P.S.S.T. for Section 1 – Spirit is upholding you

I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee… Isaiah 45

How does it make you feel to know that God is holding your hand – that God is right there with you – in any given circumstance? The comfort that comes from this assurance means that we have all we need each moment and we are not alone when we try to work things out.

The verb comfort comes from the Latin word comfortare, which means “strengthen greatly.” So, when God is comforting us, God is actually empowering us! God strengthens us to get back out there and try again, if we stumble and fall. Just like when a child runs to his/her mom to get comfort after a fall. In just a few minutes, he/she is ready to get back out there again and keep playing. Those moments of comforting are strengthening moments, reminding us of who we are as the safe, loved, and cared for children of God.

Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine…Isaiah 43:1 (B2)

What does it feel like to know that you belong to God? That God knows your name – your identity? That God has created you perfectly, beautifully, and wonderfully? What can you do with this knowledge? How does this empower you?

“Everything in God's universe expresses Him…” (S1) This means our pets, too! Everything from beetles to giraffes are all here to express God. How does this knowledge help us in praying for our pets and the animals in the world? How can the rest of this statement help us in that regard? “…He fills all space, and it is impossible to conceive of such omnipresence and individuality except as infinite Spirit or Mind. Hence all is Spirit and spiritual.” (S1, p.331) If God is filling all space, can our pets ever be outside of God’s all-presence?

P.S.S.T. for Section 2 – Taking a stand with Spirit

Can you imagine the courage and clarity that these Hebrew boys had in this story in Daniel? Explore the meaning of exile stories in Daniel and Esther, which highlight how the Jewish people maintain their Jewish identity – defending their spiritual and religious rights – while living under the authority of Babylonian power. It could have been tempting to believe that God had forgotten all about them! But notice how the author of these books strengthens the faith of the Jewish people even in the face of injustice and oppression. You can read a bit about the background of these books here.

Sometimes we may feel like an “outsider” having to stand up for our faith in God. Have your students ever had to do this? How can the ideas in this book help them?

Explore the metaphysical concepts “But if not…” and “Smell of Fire” mentioned in the book of Daniel through these two articles/poems on JSH Online.

P.S.S.T. for Section 3 – Following the Christ-example

What does it mean to be Christlike? Can students define that? What is the Christ-spirit? What does the Christ-example look like?

Utilize the ideas in this section to make the distinction between Jesus and the Christ. How does the timelessness of the Christ enable us to heal today? How does it guide us and give us the answers we need?

Explore more about the Christ on page 332 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures in the section on the Platform of Christian Science.

Perhaps explore the concept of the “Holy Spirit'', too. Sometimes these two terms are used synonymously in Science and Health. “Holy Spirit” is a great term to use when we are speaking with Christian friends of other denominations to describe the divine power that is within us to heal today. The Holy Spirit is central to the book of Acts and was a key component in the disciples carrying the mission of Jesus forward.

P.S.S.T. for Section 4 – Drink in the living water of Spirit

The story of the woman at the well is one of my favorites in the Bible. Here is a video version of this story that you might enjoy watching.

What is unusual about this story? Why wouldn’t the Jews normally have been talking with the Samaritans? Why did Jesus decide to talk with this woman? What was the disciples’ reaction to this unexpected encounter? (Read the additional passages of this story found in John to find this.) Did you know that according to the gospel of John this is the first person that Jesus reveals his identity as the Messiah to? What do you think made Jesus tell her outright that he was the Messiah, whereas he kept this a secret with others? The rest of the story goes to say that she went to the town and told the people about her encounter with Jesus. They invited him to stay, and he did for a few days. What do you think they did or talked about over those few days?

What is the difference between “living water” and water that we will thirst for again? Spiritual “water” vs. material water. What are the things of Spirit that satisfy? Do material things give lasting satisfaction? The latest toy, video game, etc. — do they offer lasting satisfaction? What are the qualities of God that give us satisfaction that we want to be dependent on?

P.S.S.T. for Section 5 – The Spirit that sets us free

What are some healings your students have had? Share some examples together as a class and/or bring in some testimonies from the periodicals to share.

How does seeing the perfect man/woman/child of God help us heal? How did Jesus heal? Did he believe the false material sense report that man had fallen or was helpless or a victim? No! Of course he saw and knew Genesis 1 – that God created everyone spiritual and perfect in His/Her own image and likeness. How can our students be healers by seeing the people in their class, their siblings, etc. as the spiritual image and likeness of God? Is it hard to do this? How can we separate the “lie” (whatever the person might be going through) from the actual person and see her/him as whole, upright, complete, and free?

When we clean a window, we simply remove the dirt that was placed on the window. We don’t actually change the window. So, in healing we are simply removing the “dirt” of mortal mind and revealing more of our original, Christ-like, spiritual identity that has been there all along. Healing is revealing more of who we really are – just like washing away the dirt on a window so the beautiful, bright light shines through.

P.S.S.T. for Section 6 – Make room for Spirit!

From MyBibleLesson.com: In Bible times, wine was made by fermenting grape juice in bottles (or bags) made from animal skins. If a bag or bottle had been used in this way already, it usually wasn’t strong enough to be used again because the gases that built up during the second fermentation process could cause it to burst open!

Journaling can be a fun activity in class. Perhaps share this idea from Mark about getting rid of the old wine to make room for the new wine (inspiration, progress, and ideas of God) and the corresponding passage in S27. Ask them to journal quietly in class about some of the “old wine” they want to get rid of to make room for more Spirit in their lives. They don’t necessarily have to share out loud with the class since it might be personal.

Enjoy your classes!

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