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[PSST: Focus on what is real to avoid believing in the unreal. (RR)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Unreality”
for April 1-7, 2019

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – Ask students to examine the Golden Text (GT) and answer these questions:

  • What has been entrusted to you as a witness, an heir of Father-Mother Good, one in whom God delights?
  • What are some qualities mentioned that would aid in a life of meaning, a full life of caring for yourself, others, and your world?
  • What is mentioned as characteristic of false knowledge to be avoided? Can you add to this list?

Do you see the guidance provided in the GT for a life filled with purpose, meaning, and growth? Answer the question – What is my special purpose in daily living?

Share with students Chapter X in Miscellany, “Admonition and Counsel” by Mary Baker Eddy (MBE). Ask them to select one of the articles for their own private reading to support their own growth in further identifying their unique individual life purpose.

Ask students to scan “The Way” in Miscellaneous Writings, pages 355-359 to identify the “…three stages of growth” MBE mentions:

  • First, self-knowledge (355:12)
  • Second, humility (356:22)
  • Third, love (357:19)

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading (RR) – What are additional admonitions for daily living in the RR? How do these align with what you identified in “The Way”?

Ask students to note that although this lesson is titled “Unreality,” the focus is actually on what is real in order to avoid believing in the unreal.

It is like the professional who easily identifies counterfeit money by studying real money. That makes the counterfeit easily recognizable.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – This section further admonishes us to do what?

  • Increase spiritual understanding and thereby diminish material knowledge (Citation S1)
  • Correct material sense (Citation S2)
  • God is the creator of all reality (Citation S3)

What does the word “trust” mean? Who do you trust? Does gaining trust mean telling the truth or being told the truth? How do you know when something is true; how do you test for truth? Here are three suggestions:

  • Is it permanent?
  • Is it universal?
  • Is it usable?

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – Which story of creation is true? Citation B2 or Citation B3? Can they both be true?

Does turning a truth upside down make its opposite true also? Citations S4, S7, and S8.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What do you think it means to be a strong man? Just as one practices and exercises to strengthen the physical body, it is significantly important to practice and exercise our mental ability. How can one do that? What tools do you have for your use?

  • Daily lesson-sermon (books and online)
  • Bible and Science & Health, your 24-hour-a-day pastor
  • Christian Science periodicals (paper and online)
  • Wednesday testimony meetings

Can your strength be bound, or is it weakness only that can be bound?

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – What are some laws of God given to the children of Israel to aid in their having a meaningful life of purpose?

  • 10 Commandments
  • Jesus’ new commandment: love one another

What are some of your favorite scripture story or statements that speak to you of God’s law in action? What has God written in your heart? One of my favorites is: “You are my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.”

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What is MBE’s hope for you as a reader of Science & Health – in Citation S19?

What would you consider to be some of your divine rights?

Health, wealth, happiness, growth in grace, spiritual intuition, ability to see the difference between what is true and what is not, look to and hear God’s message to you as your refuge and strength (Citation S20)

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Citation B15 states, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

This is a good memorization opportunity. Ask students to read The Lord’s Prayer and its spiritual interpretation found in SH 16:24-17:15.

What guidance is there in these passages for a purpose-filled life? What promises for you are found there?

P.S.S.T. Section 7 – Another good memorization opportunity is in Citation S17. Follow that with reading Romans 8:38,39. The promises in these passages direct us to what is real and away from the unreal.

Ask students to state three facts this lesson has presented to them about their purpose and how God is directing, guiding, and protecting that purpose.

P.S.S.T. Section 8 – Read together this section.

  • What has God spoken? (Citation B18)
  • What has God said to you? (Citation B19)
  • What way has God provided for you? (Citation B19)
  • What has God created? (Citation S32)
  • What has God called it and you? (Citation S32)

Amen and Amen.

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