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[PSST— Give thanks and acknowledge God’s allness BEFORE a healing occurs! (5)
Be a force for good in your communities of current as well as yet-to-be students of C.S.
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

for February 23, 2019

By Steve Henn, C.S.

PSST Golden Text (GT) –
Note the word “gives” – what does that teach us about our relationship to Mind and Mind’s wisdom?
Also pay attention to the word “from” – what does this remind us about our access to intelligence, insight, perspicacity (have your students look up that last word)?
How does this relationship and access impact our daily experience – in school, in relationships, preparing for jobs/interviews/applications?

PSST Responsive Reading (RR) –
Look at this RR in three parts – separated by the book/chapter they come from.

  1. What is Paul’s letter to the Romans establishing? How does this foundation support/influence everything that comes after it?
  2. In Proverbs chapter 3, what promises are kings Solomon and Hezekiah offering? How do those promises relate to your students’ lives today?
  3. Finally, Proverbs chapter 4 includes an admonition – what is it and how can we follow it?

PSST Section 1 –
What relationship is established between us and God in the Bible verses of this section? How can your students build on that established relationship in their own lives? Why is it important/worthwhile to do so?

In citation S2 [275:14-24] Mary Baker Eddy uses the prefix Omni – what does that prefix mean?
Why is it so important?

Do your students really grasp the entireness of the three-letter word that Omni refers to?
Look at citation S3 [469:20-21] and thoughtfully consider the conditional statement Mary Baker Eddy offers.
What are its implications in our experiences with school, relationships, employment, supply?

PSST Section 2 –
There is a theme developing in this lesson – what does it say about God as the source of intelligence?
Is She only sometimes wise, or is only partial wisdom from Her?
How fully do your students rely on Mind for wisdom and intelligence?

How well do your students know who Joseph is and what his path to advising Pharaoh was? What does Joseph in citation B6 [Genesis 41:1-57] teach us immediately?
What more do we learn from his entire journey to becoming Pharaoh’s most trusted advisor?

Have your students memorize citation S6 – why is this so important?

How does citation S7 [180:25-27] naturally follow after citation S6 [6:5-6]?
What is the impact of this understanding?
Does Joseph keep it to himself and are the benefits only felt by him?

PSST Section 3 –
Is it enough to hear and believe that all wisdom comes from God? [must do them as in B12]
What does Jesus say on this matter at the end of the Sermon on the Mount?
(Do your students recognize where citations B11 and B12 come from?)
What is the “true God, and eternal life” (B13)?
What are the true/real foundations that we can build safely on?
Where must we begin? Why does our beginning/foundation matter so much?

How can we prove the Science of healing (S18, 547:6)?

Thought Puzzle: What if the house that fell not and the house that fell were built next to each other – how would that be possible? What lesson would that teach us? [Matt. 7:24-29, B12]

PSST Section 4 –
What does Zacchæus show us about renewing our mind? [Luke 19:1-10, B15]
How should we relate to our own past experiences?
Have your students ever done something they regret or wish they could change?
How does Zacchæus respond to his own previous actions? What inspires him to do this?
Is there anything that would stop your students from doing something similar?
How does Zacchæus overcome the resistance to such overly-generous action?
How does our practice of Christian Science reach beyond our own personal well-being?
Who should we include in our prayers and actions?
What does Mary Baker Eddy offer as the result of being obedient to Mind/God? [S19, 183:23,]

PSST Section 5 –
What does Jesus command the lepers to do? Why? [Luke 17:14, B19]
Was their healing realized physically before they went on their way to the priests?
How often are your students (and you) tempted to wait to trust and thank God until after the physical healing occurs?
When should we really be giving thanks and acknowledging God’s allness?

What is the “straight and narrow way” (S26)?
How do we effectively follow it?
What is the effect of following the teachings of Christian Science (S27)?
Are these effects limited to just our own personal experience?
How can your students (and you) be forces for good in your communities both of current students of Christian Science, and those who are not yet students?

PSST Section 6 –
What does Paul ask the Philippians to do to fulfill his joy? [Phil. 2:2, B21]
Who is included as God’s children?
What bonds us together?
How widely do your students’ prayers reach?
Do they extend to themselves, their families, their friends and community?
What about those who they see throughout the day but do not know well?
What about those with whom your students may have challenges (think back to Zacchæus here)?
To do all this good work, however, may feel burdensome – how do we avoid feeling the weight of others’ needs?
How do we keep our thoughts, aims, and affections aligned with the Christ example of mercy, justice and purity?

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