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P
ossible Sunday School Topics (PSSTs) for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson:

“Man”
for March 1-7, 2021

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text (GT), Deuteronomy 33:25: “…As your days, so shall your strength be” (NKJV).

What makes you strong? Exercise, education, social interactions, travel, knowledge of God as your Creator and Keeper? Which of these makes you strongest?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading (RR) – Read together in Isaiah 40:28,29,31 for a definitive statement regarding your strength, its origin and maintenance.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – What is your answer to the question posed in citation B3 (Ps. 8:4): “What is man, that thou art mindful of him?”

Again, see citation B4 (Eph. 6:10) to see from whom/where comes your strength and power. How long will you have this strength and power? (citation S3, Science & Health 516:21).

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – Where should one search for strength and power? From his earthly house or tabernacle, or from his building made of God, eternal in the heavens? (Cit. B8, II Cor. 5:1,6,8).

How would you define man? (cits. S5, SH 172:23-24, & S6, SH 302:3-28). – material body and mind, brain, blood, bones, material structure, or harmonious and immortal, existing forever, above and beyond any mental illusions? Do you desire to see the spiritual facts of your being? How can you do that? (cit. S9, SH 428:8,19).

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – Do we have to wait for a world to come to see and participate in strength and power? Citation B9 tells us “in this present world” (Titus 2:11,12).

Read together the following:

  • Citation B13, “peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong” (Daniel 10:19).
  • Citation S12, “Reason is the most active human faculty” (SH 327:29).
  • Citation S15, “Being is holiness, harmony, immortality” (SH 492:7).

How important is it to assure that your reasoning is not impaired by being tempted to find strength and power in some material substance? Be like the sons of Rechab in citation B10 (Jeremiah 35:1-19).

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Look to this section of the lesson as to actions you can take if you are troubled about anything:

  • Citation B14, “Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.”

“…O bring thou me out of my distresses.” (Ps. 25:1,17)

  • Citation B15, “it is good for me to draw near to God:” (Ps. 73:28)
  • Citation B16, “Be of good courage… hope in the Lord.” (Ps. 31:24)
  • Citation S17, “Christ presents the indestructible man.” (SH 316:20)
  • Citation S19, “It is man’s moral right to annul an unjust sentence.” (SH 381:28)

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What is Jesus’ teaching to you in citation B20 (Matt. 11:28-30)?

What is Paul’s teaching to the Galatians and to you in citation B21 (Gal. 6:9,10)?

What is Mary Baker Eddy’s teaching to us in citation S22 (SH 79:17-20, 29-3)? “Mind-science teaches that mortals need ‘not be weary in well doing.’” Eddy references Florence Nightingale in citation S25 (SH 381:1-18). What do your students know of Nightingale? See also Eddy’s statement in that same citation: “Whatever it is your duty to do, you can do without harm to yourself.”

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Read together citation B24 from I Corinthians: “whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (I Cor. 10:31).

There is a good memorization opportunity in citation S31 (SH 249:6-9):

“Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine ‘powers that be.’”

Now answer the question posed at the beginning of this Lesson, from where/whom comes your strength and power?

Read together Hymn 18 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed here):

Hymn 18 (& 441):

Be firm and be faithful; desert not the right;
The brave become bolder the darker the night.
Then up and be doing, though cowards may fail;
Thy duty pursuing, dare all and prevail.

If scorn be thy portion, if hatred and loss,
If stripes or a prison, remember the cross.
God watches above thee, and He will requite;
Forsake those that love thee, but never the right.

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