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ossible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“God the Preserver of Man” for December 15, 2019

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

[W: My apologies that this arrived to me last weekend, in the midst of our office move and several deadlimes, or as I prefer to see them "lifelines to God!"]

P.S.S.T. Golden Text – Does the Golden Text (GT) sound like a conversation with God? Does it also sound like praying? Ask students how they would define prayer? Is it a conversation with God? Is it a one-way conversation with us doing all the talking or asking, a petition; is it a two-way conversation requiring us to listen; is it an affirmation of what we know and understand about who God is and who we are as created by Good only?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – What are the qualities of prayer recorded in the Responsive Reading (RR)?

  • Giving thanks
  • Calling on God and being answered
  • Acknowledgment that God is our salvation
  • Life eternal
  • Praise for our Creator and Preserver
  • A refuge from trouble
  • He is our deliverer
  • Fear not
  • Silence the noises trying to contradict God
  • God answers as we call

Read together Isaiah 65:24.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – Look to the scripture portion of this section to identify prayers of petition. Key words like — keeper, preserver, trust, forgiver, withhold not, wait with courage. Help students see that prayers of petition are not designed to beg God for intercession; rather, it is a way to test our thinking and turn the petitions into affirmations.

Read Mary Baker Eddy’s (MBE) opening statements in the chapter on Prayer in Science and Health (SH): 1:1–2:22.

Read also citation S3: “In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of God as ‘a very present help in trouble.’”

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What does it mean to trust in the Lord? Sometimes, all the time? Read citation S13. Read also SH vii:17-18: “Ignorance of God is no longer the steppingstone to faith.” What tools are available to you to be informed as to who God is, what God does, who you are, what you do?

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – Read citation B11. How has God helped you, what trouble has God helped you out of or helped you avoid? What were the issues that Balaam had to deal with in the scripture story in citation B10? Pride, anger, “accident”, arrogance, blindness. Blindness to what? What did Balaam see when his eyes were opened?

What is the spiritual definition of “angels” in SH 581:4, and citation S17? Most students know the first phrase of that definition. Help them focus on the rest of the definition. What key words in that definition are applicable to Balaam’s situation as direct counterfacts to the issues stated above? Purity, perfection, inspiration, goodness, immortality, counteracting evil, sensuality, and mortality.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – How important is finding a reason to give thanks even in the midst of trouble? Does God see you? Does God hear you? Does God know you? Can God ignore you? (This would be equal to God ignoring God’s self – which is impossible.) Does God love you?

In the midst of trouble – fear not, be not disturbed. Why? Citation S23. What does it mean to be undisturbed? Is that the same as ignoring an issue? Christian Science does not teach ignor-ance, but requires us to “Let this Mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”-citation S24.

We can also pray from Psalm 119:18: “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What was the reason that Jesus Christ came to our world? Citation B21. How did Jesus demonstrate life eternal, permanent and perfect in the scripture story in citation B19?

Why are demonstrations important? Proofs, affirmations, practical use, dispelling illusions (citation S27), one Mind–my mind, harmony as the fact. Proof that “God is the same yesterday, and today and forever;” SH 2:31-32.

Read together Hymn 10 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words printed here).

Hymn 10 (& 411):

All power is given unto our Lord, On Him we place reliance;

With truth from out His sacred word We bid our foes defiance.

With Him we shall prevail, Whatever may assail; He is our shield and tower, Almighty is His power; His kingdom is forever.

Rejoice, ye people, praise His name, His care doth e'er surround us.

His love to error's thralldom came, And from its chains unbound us.

Our Lord is God alone, No other power we own; No other voice we heed, No other help we need; His kingdom is forever.

O then give thanks to God on high, Who life to all is giving;

The hosts of death before Him fly, In Him we all are living.

Then let us know no fear, Our King is ever near; Our stay and fortress strong, Our strength, our hope, our song; His kingdom is forever.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Citation B23 is a good memorization opportunity: “The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore” – Psalms 121:8.

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