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[PSST: Find or see yourself in God as reflection! (RR)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“CHRIST JESUS”
for August 27-September 2, 2018

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S., St. Louis area, Missouri
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – What does the Golden Text tell us God has commanded be given to us? The knowledge of God as revealed in the life and works of Christ Jesus. Let’s look to this Lesson to see what the light of knowledge reveals to us about God’s glory seen in the face (the works) of Christ Jesus.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Paul says that we belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God. In other words, Christ points to God and says to us: Find or see yourself in God. Why is this so? Because of reflection. That’s us – God’s reflection. What does the Responsive Reading confirm to us about the nature of our reflection as we see God face-to-face?

  • We are united with Christ Jesus
  • Christ made us right with God
  • We have wisdom through Christ
  • Christ reveals that God made us pure and holy
  • Christ freed us from sin
  • Christ reveals that we belong to God

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – Are we people stumbling around in the dark or have we seen a great light? What is this great light? The Christ, defined as “God with us.” Which reciprocally can be stated “Us with God.” What a comfort is that to be assured of that relationship? What does the birth of Jesus in citation B3 lead us to? Emmanuel or God with us. The coming of Christ Jesus was so bright that shepherds and wise men saw it and were led by the light to the babe, Christ Jesus.

Read what Mary Baker Eddy says of this birth light in Science & Health vii: 2-12. She follows with the sentence, “The time for thinkers has come.” Are you a thinker? What do you think about Jesus’ birth and life? Ask students to share in their own words the story of Jesus’ birth and his childhood. Look to citations S2, S3, and S4 for further information.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – In citation B6 Jesus is tempted to believe in material help. What does this experience precede in the Bible? It comes right before Matthew chapters 5 thru 7, which you probably know are identified as the Sermon on the Mount. Together look at Matthew 5-7. The light shining through Christ Jesus tells his followers and us much about our true nature and provides guidance as to how we are to live in relationship to God and with each other. What are some highlights from this Sermon on the Mount? It includes among others the Beatitudes and the Lord’s Prayer. When Jesus came down from the Mount, what was his first act? Healing of a leper. Do you see how this was a natural outcome based on his being illumined by the truths he had just shared with his followers? What a holy, inspiring, uplifting time this Mount experience must have been. Does anyone have an inspired experience they can share?

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – Why was Jesus’ healing work so important? It was of course important to those healed, but what about to other followers and us? The healings were necessary demonstrations of what Jesus said and taught. Think of experiments in science class, or problem-solving in math class, or running the plays as outlined by your coach. The demonstrations prove that you understood what was taught, that you caught the light and saw what was taught. See citation S12. What was it that proved Jesus’ teachings weren’t just words, or feel-good stories, or some theories? What are other words for demonstrations? Proofs, applications, practical steps, usable ideas. See citation S15, lines 28-32.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Here is a role-play opportunity of Jesus talking with his disciples. As you play these roles, how can you best show that the light has dawned on your consciousness? In other words, how do you and others know, “I’ve got it”, “I see”, “I understand”? What was Jesus’ command of his followers? Is that the same command for us, his followers today? Read MBE’s inspired statement in citation S21.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What do you think is the gift to all mankind given by Christ Jesus? Feel free to refer to the Golden Text. Read together citation B15. What knowledge did the life of Christ Jesus illustrate? The son of God, the perfect man. That’s you and me and all.

What is the crucial question asked by MBE in citation S26? “Am I living the life that approaches the supreme good? Am I demonstrating the healing power of Truth and Love?” These questions put the impetus on demonstrations. Remember that demonstrations are a natural follow-on to the light dawning on consciousness. Once again, the light that proclaims we are one with God and God is one with us.

Read together Hymn 317 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words printed below).

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Ask and answer this question found in Science & Health 495:25 – 496:27:

Question. – How can I progress most rapidly in the understanding of Christian Science?

Answer. – Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit. Adhere to the divine Principle of Christian Science and follow the behests of God, abiding steadfastly in wisdom, Truth, and Love. In the Science of Mind, you will soon ascertain that error cannot destroy error. You will also learn that in Science there is no transfer of evil suggestions from one mortal to another, for there is but one Mind, and this ever-present omnipotent Mind is reflected by man and governs the entire universe. You will learn that in Christian Science the first duty is to obey God, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself.

We all must learn that Life is God. Ask yourself: Am I living the life that approaches the supreme good? Am I demonstrating the healing power of Truth and Love? If so, then the way will grow brighter “unto the perfect day.” Your fruits will prove what the understanding of God brings to man. Hold perpetually this thought, — that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, over‐lying, and encompassing all true being.

“The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law,” — the law of mortal belief, at war with the facts of immortal Life, even with the spiritual law which says to the grave, “Where is thy victory?” But “when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”

This study and demonstration is aided by the light from the face, the life, of Christ Jesus, which reveals God with us.

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Hymn 317

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Adapted

STRENGTH AND STAY

John B. Dykes

Still, still with Thee when purple morning breaketh,

When the bird waketh, and the shadows flee,

Fairer than morning, lovelier than the daylight,

Dawns the sweet consciousness, I am with Thee.

Alone with Thee, amid the changing shadows,

Solemn the hush of nature, newly born;

Alone with Thee, in breathless adoration,

In the calm dew and freshness of the morn.

So shall it ever be in the bright morning,

When hearts awaking see the shadows flee,

O, in that hour, and fairer than the dawning,

Rises the glorious thought, I am with Thee.

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