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Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?

for December 12-18, 2016
prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – Where does God reign? Omnipotent means what? All power. Let us examine this lesson to understand the laws of God ever-present and all-powerful throughout the universe. This is cause for great celebration. Alleluia, indeed.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Is God worthy to be praised? Why? God established laws that control and impact every idea that was created. Ask students to list the ideas in the Responsive Reading which are singing forth praises to God. Read together Hymn 72 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below).

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – What laws of God are evident in this section?

  • All the stars are created and named by the Lord
  • God brought forth the clouds and rain for the benefit of the earth
  • The same for the grass, snow, wind and water
  • God established all generations, wondrous works, and an everlasting kingdom

Because of God as omnipotence, what can one conclude about the creation listed above?

  • Are they permanent?
  • Can they be depleted?
  • Do they bless humankind?
  • Do they fill the universe, by whatever form they take?
  • Do the laws that called them forth also act to maintain them?

What does it mean that ideas are obedient to the Mind that makes them? S1.

Where is man or humankind in this obedience to Mind or law that made him/them? S2.

What is the underlying law mentioned in citation S2? “…the spirituality of the universe is the only fact of creation” (SH 471:19). Ask students, What conclusion can/must they draw from this fact?

In citation S3 is stated, “Nature voices natural, spiritual law and divine Love.” Read together in citation S3 what is impacted: Why should one look to the scriptures to seek and find laws of God that benefit the universe and all that is therein included? Ask students to share a favorite scriptural passage that speaks meaningfully to them.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – If one seeks God, will God be found? What evidence was found by Elijah in citation B6 that the law of God was available to meet man’s need? In this case King Ahab. Was this a miracle or did Elijah tap into a known law that he could see when others might have missed it?

What do students think is the relevance of the servant being instructed to go seven times to look toward the sea? Does it indicate the need for consistency, persistence, insistence, and calm trust that because the law of God was/is at work we should hold firm to see the manifestation of the divine all power? What was needed material sense or spiritual sense? S9.

As you gain more correct views of God and man through spiritual sense what can you expect to behold? S11.

Ask students to memorize citation S12.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What are we asked to know in citation B8?

Read together citation B10. Was this act of bringing forth a child a miracle? Why or why not? What role did the angel play? Why was this birth important? Who was born? John the Baptist. John was cousin to Jesus, and played an important role in helping prepare for Jesus’ coming. Were the births of John, and Jesus several months later, miracles? Or, were they evidence of the laws of ever-creation? S17. Do you agree that whenever humankind has a need, then there appears whatever is necessary to meet that need?

What is our cause for rejoicing or Alleluia found in S18?

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – The God-principle, or law of love, is omnipresent or omnipotent as stated in citation S19. What evidence of love was apparent in the Bible story in citation S12? How was love shown by the sick man’s friends? How was love shown by Jesus? How was love shown by the multitudes? Never underestimate the power of love, of divine Love, as a law of the universe. Is the time to tap in to this law of love past? See S22. Read together Hymn 228 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below).

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Why are you called on to praise God in citation B14? Ask students to write out a prayer treatment for any situation of which they are aware that seems untoward in our universe. Perhaps fires, earthquakes, snow storms. Is there a law of God applicable to these situations? Perhaps state that in your written prayer treatment request. Look also to citation S27 for guidance.

Read together citation B16 as further assurance of the power of the law of divine Love. What laws of the universe are mentioned in citation S26? What do the words “adhesion, cohesion, and attraction” mean? What is the Christian Scientist called upon to do in the face of the “jarring testimony of the material senses”? How really cool is that, to be undisturbed. See citation S29.

Alleluia, praise God, that you are a Christian Scientist, a user of the laws of the universe, and dependent on divine Love to meet every human need.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – What is the prayer of thanks in citation B18? Is peace on earth a present reality/possibility? S17. Why is this so? S30 and S31.

Remember, Mind is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. This is a law. Depend on it!

If you have a copy of the “MyBibleLesson” printout, share with students the article at the end titled “Are disasters ‘natural’?” by Amanda. (or find it in the October 15, 2012, Christian Science Sentinel, bound volumes or at JSH.ChristianScience.com)

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Hymn 72:

Glory be to God on high, God whose glory fills the sky; Peace on earth to man is given, Man, the well-beloved of heaven.

Gracious Father, in Thy love, Send Thy blessings from above; Let Thy light, Thy truth, Thy peace Bid all strife and tumult cease.

Mark the wonders of His hand: Power no empire can withstand; Wisdom, angels’ glorious theme; Goodness one eternal stream.

All ye people, raise the song, Endless thanks to God belong; Hearts o’erflowing with His praise, Join the hymns your voices raise.

Hymn 228:

O Love divine, that dwells serene, Whose light of life has no eclipse, We feel Thy comfort, though unseen, And lay our hand upon our lips.

No words our hidden joy can tell, A welling fount, it fills the heart; Not in the flesh, in Thee we dwell, In Thee our life, for Life Thou art.

With love we meet the low despite Of such as hate our Master’s way. With patience he maintained the right; So may we triumph day by day.

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