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[PSST: Find healing and excellence in your heritage from above!]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Man”

for September 8, 2019

prepared by Lindsey Biggs, C.S.
biggs.lindsey@gmail.com 541-460-3515

P.S.S.T. Golden Text –

How can this passage help students by giving them a sense of identity, purpose, and oneness with God?

What are some physical circumstances this passage could be applied to?
Running, atmosphere, altitude?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading –

Have you ever had an experience where you felt “born again” or made new or redeemed from a change in your life purpose/trajectory? Perhaps a change of perspective [from translating the Greek anothen as “born from above” as described in CAP#1]?

Is it possible to be “born again” [and “from above”] every day, week, or year?

How can we show that we are born of the will of God and not for the will of the flesh through our thoughts and actions?

P.S.S.T. Section 1 –

A cornerstone in the practice of Christian Science is an understanding of who spiritual man is. Your students might enjoy studying the answer to the question “what is man?” that Mary Baker Eddy gives us on Science & Health page 475 in Recapitulation.

When I was a Sunday School student, my Sunday School teacher shared this with me and showed me how I could insert my name into that passage wherever the word “man” was. So, it became “what is Lindsey?…Lindsey is not made up of brain, blood, bones, or other material elements…etc.” This was meaningful to me, and has been foundational to me throughout the years. This passage is a treatment that can be applied to each individual because it is the spiritual truth about all of our identities.

Your students might appreciate being shown this cornerstone, if they haven’t already!

P.S.S.T. Section 2 –

Does Christian Science teach that the story of Adam and Eve is fiction or nonfiction? An allegory or true? What are the spiritual lessons that we can learn from this story?

What happens if we start with Genesis 2 as the foundation for our being? Where will this line of reasoning lead us?

How does starting with Genesis 1 lead us to healing? What are the benefits of starting with Genesis 1 in our thoughts and prayers? [Read a Testimony from hearing the poem, “Genesis 1 of Genesis 2?”, as shared in CAP#4 from Warren.]

In talking with people of other faith traditions, it’s important to remember that some people of faith look at both of these Genesis accounts as true/literal/fact. Many people are taught that Genesis 2 is an expanded explanation of Genesis 1, and not that these are two accounts written at different times and parsed together as one narrative later, as scholars confirm. How can being aware of this help us to engage in respectful dialogue with others and an understanding of each other's perspectives?

P.S.S.T. Section 3 –

Have you ever had an experience like Jacob, where you were really wrestling with trying to figure out who you are and the best way to move forward in a situation?

Discover how relatable this Bible story is to our own experience. Perhaps explore the definition of “wilderness” in the Glossary of Science & Health to see how this relates to Jacob’s experience.

Talk about the concept of “yielding” in Christian Science (seen in the definition of “Jacob” in the Glossary in citation S14). Healing happens when our human consciousness yields to the divine. Use a metaphor of a “yield” sign that is used for traffic. What does this mean? Pause and let God, good, go before you! Pause before moving forward.

How did Jacob pause and let God go before him? What is the evidence that we have of God going before Jacob? Hint: See further along in the story to the reconciliation with his brother.

Note that when the healing took place in Jacob’s consciousness, it was felt by all and harmony was restored in his relationship with his brother. Look at other examples of relationship healings either in the periodicals or in students own lives. Can you find evidence of how a relationship was restored through prayer? Sometimes communication isn’t even necessary between the people involved. One Mind governs all of us causing each of us to hear and know exactly what is needed. When a change in consciousness happens through the activity of the Christ, healing happens and harmony is restored to relationships – sometimes without even having to say a word!

P.S.S.T. Section 4 –

How does the story of Jesus’ birth relate back to the Golden Text?

Imagine the confidence and clarity of purpose Jesus had in knowing who he is and where he came from, even when people didn’t believe him.

How can we use citation B15 — John 8:14, 42 as a prayer and assurance for who we are?

Can we start our day with an affirmation of who we are and where we come from? How does this benefit us?

In the concept of oneness (John 10:30 and SH 361), Mary Baker Eddy gives us beautiful, visual imagery and metaphors for understanding this concept (drop of water/ray of light). Perhaps this could be an opportunity to incorporate art to help illustrate this concept of oneness. [A song called “I and My Father Are One”, written by an award-winning CedarS mom, incorporates these two citations and can be heard and seen on YouTube as explained and linked in Warren’s CAP#9b (and #9c)]

P.S.S.T. Section 5 –

How does knowing our real origin help us in healing?

What is so amazing and freeing about Jesus’ response to his disciples about the man who was blind? What does this mean for us today? [We can have contempt for the belief in “dangerous inheritances” as Cobbey Crisler implies that Jesus did when he spit on the dust(-man) and had the blind man wash it off as explained in Warren’s CAP#10.]

What does this tell us about “cause”? How can we look away from matter to Mind as the Cause of our being? If God is the only Cause, what does this tell us about our freedom from limitation/error in our human experience? What does it tell us about being free from negative characteristics or heredity?

Talk more about “all souls are mine” (B19) and share how each of us is directly connected to our Source. So, we can’t really inherit anything good or bad from anyone! We can only inherit divine substance and qualities directly from our Father-Mother God.

If we are like rays of light, then everything we need to have is coming directly to us from our Source and has the same properties – in quality and essence – of that Source.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 –

This lesson finishes up with celebrating the spiritual facts of being! Praising God!

How can we practice more gratitude and praise in our lives? How does gratitude heal? Have you ever had a healing as a result of gratitude?

Can we feel a sense of awe, wonder, and gratitude about God for how exquisitely He/She has made all creation in His/Her image and likeness?
How do you feel when you are in awe of something?
What gives you that sense of awe and wonder? It’s different for everyone – ocean, sunsets, art, playing with children, etc.
We all have opportunities to be in awe every day – to delight in God and discover something new with childlike wonder each day!

Exercise seeing through our spiritual sense every day! Our spiritual sense is how we perceive the qualities of God – radiance, joy, light, creativity, vitality, innocence, purity. When we practice using our spiritual sense, we glimpse more of the magnitude of Spirit that underlies everything — more of the divine, infinite nature of being.

Have a great class!

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