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PSST: Have strong expectations for the supremacy of good! (Section 1)
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson:

“God the Only Cause and Creator”
for November 30-December 6, 2020

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S. • 314-308-1059

P.S.S.T. Golden Text (GT), Genesis 1:31: See all thru a lens of goodness.

We could begin and end this lesson with the Golden Text. Ask students to consider looking at and seeing everything through the lens of goodness. You were made for goodness and so were all other ideas. Why? Because God made you of God-stuff which is good. God knows nothing but good.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading (RR) – List how God supports all creation.

Ask students to provide a listing of what God has said about Her creation and how He supports this creation as stated in the Responsive Reading. For example:

  • Fear not: for I have redeemed thee
  • I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine
  • I have created him for my glory
  • Ye are my witnesses
  • I will make a way in the wilderness
  • I will open rivers… and fountains… and the dry land springs of water
  • Consider… that the hand of the Lord hath done this

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – Have strong expectations for the supremacy of good!

After a listing of God’s creation in Citation B2 (Genesis 1), read together what is said in Citation B3 (Eccl 3:14). This is a statement of the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the ending.

Citation B4 (Ps 52:1) puts it clearly: “the goodness of God endureth continually.”

What do students make of this statement in Citation S4 (Science & Health 130:26-2, bolded to go with the Golden Text):

“If thought is startled at the strong claim of Science for the supremacy of God, or Truth, and doubts the supremacy of good, ought we not, contrariwise, to be astounded at the vigorous claims of evil and doubt them, and no longer think it natural to love sin and unnatural to forsake it, – no longer imagine evil to be ever-present and good absent? Truth should not seem so surprising and unnatural as error, and error should not seem so real as truth.”

P.S.S.T. Section 2 Talk of how students show or express gladness & joy.

What is the command to us as stated from Isaiah 65:18 (Citation B6): “be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create:”

How do you students show or express gladness and joy? Where do they see God’s gladness in what She has created? Nature is a good place to look, as well as at the diversity in mankind.

Read together Citation S8 (SH 275). Is there more than “All”? Is there anything outside of “All”? What is it natural for men to do, as stated in Citation S9 (SH 458:32-1)? In other words, it is natural for man to be good and to see good in others.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 –Turn to & trust God’s guidance for each step you take.

Ask students what they think the key takeaway is from the scripture story in Citation B10 (Joshua 14:6-11). Man is never deprived. Read Citation B11 (Ps 18:2) as a summarizing statement.

Read together Ecclesiastes 3:14:

“I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.” (See GEM#3 for an on-court example)

Change the word “fear” in that passage to “love” and you get a higher sense of its meaning. Turning to God with each step we take, trusting God’s guidance provides what? (According to Citation S18, SH 444:10, “Step by step will those who trust Him find that ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.’” For an expanded statement, see Psalm 91.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 Clearly see God as the source & sufficiency of all good.

What is the distinction between Nabal and his wife, Abigail, in the scripture story in Citation B13 (I Samuel 25)? Which one clearly understood the source of all good, the creator of all good, the sufficiency and abundance of all good? How was this understanding demonstrated?

Ask students: Today, is there enough good for everyone in the world? How do we pray when there appears to be lack? Is it God’s desire that any of Her creation be left out? Read together citations S21 and S22 (SH 390:7-9 and SH 265:5-15). These are our marching orders.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 See a healing as an example of how God cares for all.

Read the healing experience in the scripture story in Citation B18 (Luke 4).
Now read the correlative statement from Science and Health in Citation S25 (SH 229:23-25). Now re-read Ecclesiastes 3:14 (quoted in PSST 3) as a reinforcing statement of how God cares for every creation.

Read together Hymn 224 from The Christian Science Hymnal (printed here):

Hymn 224 (& 225):

O Lord, I would delight in Thee, And on Thy care depend; To Thee in every trouble flee, My best, my ever Friend. When all material streams are dried, Thy fullness is the same; May I with this be satisfied, And glory in Thy name.

All good, where'er it may be found, Its source doth find in Thee; I must have all things and abound, While God is God to me. O that I had a stronger faith, To look within the veil, To credit what my Saviour saith, Whose word can never fail.

He that has made my heaven secure, Will here all good provide; While Christ is rich, can I be poor? What can I want beside? O God, I cast my care on Thee; I triumph and adore; Henceforth my great concern shall be To love and praise Thee more.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 –See in today “all the glories of earth & heaven & man”

This Lesson points us to look for good everywhere; to look beyond “fading finite forms”; to look for life in Spirit, never in matter; to “behold and understand God’s creation, – all the glories of earth and heaven and man” (Citation S31, SH 264).

As a summary, read together Hymn 342 from The Christian Science Hymnal (printed here). This is the day, your day, there is no other.

Hymn 342 (& 585):

This is the day the Lord hath made; Be glad, give thanks, rejoice;
Stand in His presence, unafraid, In praise lift up your voice.
All perfect gifts are from above, And all our blessings show
The amplitude of God's dear love Which every heart may know.

The Lord will hear before we call, And every need supply;
Good things are freely given to all Who on His word rely.
We come today to bring Him praise Not for such gifts alone,
But for the higher, deeper ways In which His love is shown.

For sin destroyed, for sorrow healed, For health and peace restored;
For Life and Love by Truth revealed, We thank and bless the Lord.
This is the day the Lord hath made, In praise lift up your voice.
In shining robes of joy arrayed, Be glad, give thanks, rejoice.

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