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[PSST: Feel the Light and value of doing good here and now! (2) Translate symbols into ideas that resonate with our lives today. (4) Be alert to the perfection of those around you, especially at a time that seems so filled with discord and strife. (5)]

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on;
Reality
for Sunday, March 26, 2017

By Steve Henn, C.S. St. Louis, Missouri steven.henn@gmail.com

[Warren: Steve's been a CedarS Program Director & teaches English at The Principia School.]

PSST Golden Text (GT): How fully do your students love God? How do they show their love to Her? How often do your students recognize Spirit, Life, and Soul as their strength? What does it mean for God to be our strength – as opposed to God being the source of our strength? When we love God fully, and rely on Him only, what does it mean for Truth to light our candle, or for Principle to “englighten [our] darkness”?

PSST Responsive Reading (RR: Why does John declare the things he has heard unto us? How does that add to our fellowship with him and each other? Why is fellowship in Christ important? How does this relate to our role in church? How does this Responsive Reading reflect the subject of this week’s lesson: Reality?

PSST Section 1: What does it mean to say that God is light – rather than saying that God is a light? Is it important to recognize God as light itself? What does this indicate about the nature of God? When we look at Creation in Genesis, did God create light? Did He then create darkness? How are darkness and light treated from the very beginning?

PSST Section 2: How do you know when you are walking in the light? How do you get to the light, if it feels like you are walking in darkness? Are we ever truly walking in darkness? Does darkness have any substantial reality to it? What role does Christ have in helping us walk in the light? How does this relationship between light and darkness translate to the relationship between life and death? If we have eternity to figure all of this out, what is the value of being good, knowing God, and doing good right here and right now?

PSST Section 3: Why did Jesus specifically declare that he had come to the sick and sinning, rather than to the healthy and righteous? What does this mean for us today – what is our relationship to Christ; do we have a need to be saved from our own sickly or sinful beliefs – or do we claim to already be so righteous that we have no need of Christ? Consider a broader definition of sickness and sin; how easily do we recognize “the strong claim of Science for the supremacy of God”?

PSST Section 4: What are bucklers, horns of salvation, high towers, fortresses in the context of King David, the attributed author of Psalms? Why would he put these as symbols of God? How do we translate these symbols into ideas that resonate with our lives today? How ready are we to accept the reality of Christ Jesus’ teachings? Do we have trouble accepting a familiar source as the voice of God, good? How willing are we to take radical stands in opposition to what we are familiar and comfortable with?

PSST Section 5: What do we need to watch out for in our thought – how can we know that we are asleep – what does it mean to be asleep? What does it mean to sleep in the night and how can we stay awake in the face of seeming spiritual fatigue? What role does gratitude play? How alert are we to the perfection of those around us? When we are directed not to lie to one another, what is the truth about all of us as having put on the new man? What is it that reveals the ultimate harmony and concord of reality? How can we learn more about these truths, especially at a time that seems so filled with discord and strife?

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