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[PSST: Heed your call to action! (1) Define now & the glory revealed in you (5)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Mortals and Immortals”
for May 14-20, 2018

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – What are you waiting for? When do you expect to see your true nature? Have you done so already? Is it a one-time thing, or is it new every moment? Read together all of Psalm 46 (printed below). What does this Psalm tell us of God and Her relationship to us? Ask students how significant is the message, “Be still, and know that I am God;”? Does knowing God also reveal to us who we are?

Read together Hymn 317 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – What does it mean to “…be in Christ….”? Read Mary Baker Eddy’s definition of “Christ” in Science and Health 583:10: “The divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error.”

What does the Responsive Reading tell us is the result of being led by the Spirit? What does that leading also imply – not being led by matter or mortality? This also removes the fear of bondage to something other than God’s revealing.

Read together Hymn 298 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below). What does this hymn tell us is found in you and me? Is it mortality? Or is it freedom? Think about that – What does being free mean to you? You are not a slave to matter, to sin, to mourning, to suffering. You are called of the Lord and called by the Lord.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – The Bible portion of this section continues with the demand to listen. To what? Not only to listen but to speak the truth when suggestions of mortality come. Is God hidden from you? Is good hidden from you? Is God, Good, revealed to you?

Read Isaiah 40:5: “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”

What is your call to action in citation S4? How long are we to wait for immortality to be revealed? For generations or right now? S5.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – The teachings of Christian Science make citation B5 clearer to us:

  • By searching we can find out God
  • We can find (see) perfection
  • We can reach out to God, Good
  • We are without spot, blemishes, or imperfections of any kind
  • We need not fear
  • We are clear about these truths

The Christ is as the morning to us. We are not locked into the night. Read Mrs. Eddy’s definition of night (S&H 592:21: “Darkness; doubt; fear.”) and morning (S&H 591:23: “Light; symbol of Truth; revelation and progress.”) This revelation is like opening a gift on Christmas morning.

Read together Hymn 23 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

What is an additional gift to you revealed in citation B7?

Being immortal means having endurance, being refreshed. S9.

Being alive for a very long time S11 and S10.

Can you be anything but immortal? S12. Thereby, receive the benefits of immortality.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – Do you believe in Jesus, his words and works? Read what he said to you in citation B11. How did Jesus confirm his claim to the Messiahship? S15. How did Jesus’ disciples affirm him as the Messiah? Mark 8:27-29:

“27  And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Cæsarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?

“28 And they answered, John the Baptist: but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.

“29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.”

Ask students to write a statement as to what they understand the Messiah is. Then write another statement as to their role in living out what the Messiah revealed. What did Jesus say about this to his disciples? Mark 8:34: “And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Read together the Bible story in citation B12. What are other examples of Jesus raising someone from the dead? Since this was not a once only act, what does it tell us about immortality versus mortality? B13.

Read together Hymn 218 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

We thank God for Christian Science and what it reveals about us as the children of God, of Life. S26. What about your existence as a child of God has come to you as a result of studying this lesson?

  • I am….
  • I am not….

Read together the Scientific Statement of Being in Science & Health 468:8-15.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – How would you define “now”? B14 and B15. Also read together S&H 39:18-27.

Finally, read Romans 8:14-18 (partially repeating Responsive Reading):

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

The glory that is revealed in you is that you are:

  • The child of God
  • The heir of God
  • Immortal
  • Spiritual, not material
  • (Fill in your own inspiration) _______
  • _______
  • _______
  • _______

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PSALM 46

To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.

1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

[PSST Note: The exact meaning of “Selah” is not known; many Biblical scholars believe it is a musical direction “to pause.” Perhaps we can “Pause and think about the statement which precedes Selah.”]

Hymn 317

Still, still with Thee when purple morning breaketh,

When the bird waketh, and the shadows flee,

Fairer than morning, lovelier than the daylight,

Dawns the sweet consciousness, I am with Thee.

Alone with Thee, amid the changing shadows,

Solemn the hush of nature, newly born;

Alone with Thee, in breathless adoration,

In the calm dew and freshness of the morn.

So shall it ever be in the bright morning,

When hearts awaking see the shadows flee,

O, in that hour, and fairer than the dawning,

Rises the glorious thought, I am with Thee.

Hymn 109

Here, O God, Thy healing presence Lifts our thoughts from self and sin,

Fills with light their hidden places, When Thy love is welcomed in.

Here Thy tender sweet persuasions Turn us home to heavenly ways,

While our hearts, unsealed, adoring, Pour the fragrance of Thy praise.

Reverent lives unveil Thy beauty, Faithful witness bear of Thee;

Binding up the broken-hearted, We reflect Thy radiancy.

So may deeper consecration Show Thee forth in healing’s sign,

Till through joyful self-surrender We in Love’s pure likeness shine.

Hymn 23

Blest Christmas morn, though murky clouds Pursue thy way, Thy light was born where storm enshrouds Nor dawn nor day!

Dear Christ, forever here and near, No cradle song, No natal hour and mother’s tear, To thee belong.

Thou God-idea, Life-encrowned, The Bethlehem babe—Beloved, replete, by flesh embound — Was but thy shade!

Thou gentle beam of living Love, And deathless Life! Truth infinite, — so far above All mortal strife,

Or cruel creed, or earth-born taint: Fill us today With all thou art—be thou our saint, Our stay, alway.

Hymn 218

O Life that maketh all things new, The blooming earth, the thoughts of men;

Our pilgrim feet, wet with Thy dew, In gladness hither turn again.

From hand to hand the greeting flows, From eye to eye the signals run,

From heart to heart the bright hope glows, The seekers of the Light are one:

One in the freedom of the truth, One in the joy of paths untrod,

One in the heart’s perennial youth, One in the larger thought of God;—

The freer step, the fuller breath, The wide horizon’s grander view;

The sense of Life that knows no death, — The Life that maketh all things new.

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