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[PSST: Follow the Way Shower to know how to work, to pray, to seek, to live. (5)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

Life” — July 11-17, 2016

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS 314-308-1059

P.S.S.T. Golden Text – Ask students what the statement in the Golden Text means to them. Help them emphasize a different word each time they say the phrase to help derive meaning. The two words “I AM” constitutes the heart of the statement. Think also of the conjugation of the verb “to be”: I am, you are, he/she/it is. Because I AM, you are, as is every idea I created. You might also ask students to complete the phrase, “I AM…”

  • All-in-All
  • Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, Mind, Principle
  • The only Creator

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – What other statements about I AM are included in the Responsive Reading? Read together Hymn 444 from the Christian Science Hymnal Supplement (below).

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – What words for I AM are included in this section, in both the Bible and Science and Health? Can I AM ever be compromised, held in check by another power, compressed in physical humanity?

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – Review the story of Jacob and Esau in Genesis 21. Can a lie ever take the place of I AM and steal someone else’s identity, power, position, or place? What is the result when you seek to know God and be led by the only light that exists? Is the light of I AM restorative, clear, shining forth the you who is because I AM? There are good role plays in citations B-8 and B-9. Why did Jacob struggle? What do you think he knew that was desiring to come out of him? What was the meaning of the name change from Jacob to Israel? Who else in the Bible had their names changed? What was the reason for those name changes as well? See citationS-10 for an answer.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What follows I AM in citation B-10? What are you called upon to do in citation B-11? What will be the result? Life. What will you see? Where will this quiet habitation be observed? In your consciousness. Look to S&H 592:18 for the vision of your “New Jerusalem”. Who wouldn’t want that harmony in your habitation? When this New Jerusalem comes to your life, see what power it brings in citation S-13. When this being or I AM-“ing” is understood, what will be the result? S-15.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – What are you called on to do in B-18? What does it mean to acquaint yourself with God, Life? How can you do that? See S&H 495:25 – 496:19. I AM is the maker of whom in citation S-18? The result is that spiritual individuality is never ___________ (S-18). If man, spiritual individuality, is never wrong, you can afford to embrace every idea in love and brotherly kindness. Read together the 2nd verse of Hymn 217 in The Christian Science Hymnal (below).

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Can you or anyone ever be separated from God? Can you or anyone ever be separated from Life? B-20. Jesus as the Way Shower always points his followers, and this means you, to his Father to know how we are to work, to pray, to seek, to live. See also citation S-24. See the prayer about me and my life inseparable from God in Hymn 135 from The Christian Science Hymnal (below).

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – When you behold God how are you changed? B-23. How was Moses changed when he sought the answer to the burning bush that burned but was not consumed? See Exodus 34:35. How about Jacob when he wrestled with the angel in Section 2? How about Naaman in Section 3? There is also a wonderful prayer in Psalms 51:7, 10-12. Read together Hymn 108 in The Christian Science Hymnal (below). What are a few other words for I AM in citation B-24? Alpha and Omega. What do these words mean? Therefore God, the great I AM is All-in-All. Our prayer is for this to be revealed in me, in all mankind, and to me and to all mankind. This in my life is “the way of holiness”.

Hymn 444:

I am the Lord, there is none else; There is no God beside Me. I girded thee, I girded thee, Though thou hast not even known Me. But know that from the rising sun To the west there is none beside Me, For I am the Lord, there is none else; There is no God beside Me.

I am the Truth, there is none else; There is no Truth beside Me. Infinite light, bountiful, bright, Is ever present to guide thee. Beloved and free, eternally, Perfect peace and joy I provide thee, For I am the Lord, there is none else; There is no God beside Me.

Innocent one, sinless and pure, Nothing can ever divide thee. Governed by Love, you’re safe and secure; I am forever beside thee. So rest and know wher-e’er you go, Home and heav’n cannot be denied thee, For I am the Lord, there is none else; There is no God beside Me.

Hymn 217, 2nd verse:

Then, brother man, fold to thy heart thy brother, For where love dwells, the peace of God is there: To worship rightly is to love each other; Each smile a hymn, each kindly deed a prayer.

Hymn 135:

I know no life divided, O Lord of life, from Thee; In Thee is life provided For all mankind and me: I know no death, O Father, Because I live in Thee; Thy life it is that frees us From death eternally.

I fear no tribulation, Since, whatsoe’er it be, It makes no separation Between my Lord and me: Since Thou, my God and Father, Dost claim me as Thine own, I richly shall inherit All good, from Thee alone.

Hymn 108:

Here, O my Lord, I’d see Thee face to face; Here would I touch and handle things unseen; Here grasp with firmer hand th’ eternal grace, And all my weariness upon Thee lean.

Here would I feed upon the bread of God; Here drink anew the royal wine of heaven; Here would I lay aside each earthly load, Here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiven.

And as we rise, the symbols disappear; The feast, though not the love, is past and gone; The bread and wine remove, but Thou art here, Nearer than ever, still my shield and sun.

Feast after feast thus comes and passes by; Yet passing, points to the glad feast above, Giving sweet foretaste of the festal joy, The Lamb’s great bridal feast of bliss and love.

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