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[PSST: Immediately follow angel messages! (2) Teach the “W.A.L.L.” treatment. (5)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on the subject of

"Christian Science"
for Sunday December 30, 2018

By Tom and Amy Evans, former staff members and big fans of CedarS

In your class, discuss how Christian Science is seen as the comforter, while in other denominations they are still waiting for the Comforter.

P.S.S.T. for Golden Text

Who are witnesses for God? What is this new thing?

P.S.S.T. for Responsive Reading

In Jeremiah 31:34 what does it mean to know God? “They shall all know me…”

What is allowing us to see how God works and see God in action?
(Is this understanding of God Christian Science?) Who can know God?

Compare this understanding from Jeremiah with Isaiah’s statement about God’s arm being visible to all in Isaiah 7:10. What does it mean that all the nations will “see the salvation of our God”?

P.S.S.T. for Section 1 New Understanding

Section 1 begins with a common verse from Isaiah. “Unto us a son is given.” What does this mean to you? Around this time of year, we often hear Handel’s Messiah that includes this Bible passage. What’s significant about it?

Older classes: in light of a looming government shutdown, how can the concept that “the government shall be upon his shoulder” help you pray for your country? In citation B2 what is this savior? Jesus the man or the Christ idea? What is the Son saving the world from?

In citation S3 who gets to witness the Christ at work? Who gets to experience Christ? (“all prepared to receive Christ, Truth.”)

Look in citation S4 how Mary Baker Eddy humbly describes the way God prepared her through what others might call suffering and opportunities for self-pity.

Do we have to suffer, or is it more about changing our thought to be open and receptive?

In citation S4 define “apodictical”. Do you know what Emmanuel means? (God with us)

Look at the addition Mary Baker Eddy gives in citation S4.

P.S.S.T. for Section 2 The Babe in the Manger

Consider citation B3. Why was it so important for the angel to go to Joseph?
If Joseph had not married Mary and supported her, would Jesus have received that same moral/supportive/necessary upbringing to prepare him for his ministry?

The NIV shares the following footnote for Matthew 1:21 “Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the Lord saves.”

Why did Joseph take Mary to Bethlehem (B4)? (taxation)
Sometimes blessings come from following rules and laws that seem arduous at first.

How were Joseph, Mary, and Jesus protected by being in Bethlehem instead of Nazareth?

Would they have been able to flee to Egypt to avoid Herod? How can we be more like the shepherds who immediately followed the angel’s direction to find baby Jesus, and then went on to spread the news of his arrival?

How are you proclaiming the good news? How are you sharing Christian Science?

In citation S9 where is this paragraph found in Science and Health? (open the book and look at it)
What was the baby Jesus bringing to humanity according to this citation? (The Christ, Truth)

Citation S10 is packed with big ideas. Ask your class to read citation S10 and write down what they saw in the paragraph. Then share.

P.S.S.T. for Section 3 Jesus’ Mission

Have your students ever thought about what it would be like to be the young parents when Simeon picked up their baby?

What about Simeon who understood who he was holding when he picked up the infant Jesus?

Read citation S12. What was Jesus’ mission? Describe it in your own words.
In citation S13 we read “This proof once seen, no other conclusion can be reached.”
What does it take to see this proof? Is it a theoretical understanding? (No)

Talk with your class about living and practicing Christian Science versus simply reading these ideas.

Look ahead to citations S20 and S21. Talk about the truths mentioned in citation S14.
How are you applying them?

P.S.S.T. for Section 4 Let's all Heal

In citation B7 Jesus says the harvest is ready! What does he mean?

What about citation B8 where Jesus says people will do greater works than he does?

Think about how Jesus was “moved with compassion” in citation B7.
How have you been moved with compassion? What is the result from this kind of compassion?
Look at citation S21 for an answer. According to citation S20 who gets to heal?

What does Eddy mean when she says it is a duty and a privilege?

P.S.S.T. for Section 5 The Comforter

Look at the progression from S22 (Hope, promise fulfilled, prophecy from John 14:15) to S25 (healing without understanding) to citation S26 (systematic teaching, thorough comprehension, demonstration) to citation S27 (confidently letting Christian Science work).

Who is Aesculapius from citation S25? (hint: Greek god of medicine/healing).

Why might Mary Baker Eddy want Science and Health to be compared to the god of healing?
What is the end result of full reliance on Christian Science and the “divine rules” (S26)?

Does your class know about the “W.A.L.L.” treatment? Citation S27 is a paragraph with four sentences. The first letter in each of these four sentences spells out W A L L. [W: Or what to C.A.L.L on when your back's against the wall… This uses the verbs of the four sentences… Cling, Allow, Let, Let… ]

P.S.S.T. for Section 6 The Comforter at Work

How is the Comforter at work in our lives? In what ways have you been comforted by God?

Consider how citation S30 describes divine Principle, Love as “underlying, overlying, and encompassing all true being”. Is there space for anything else?

What does citation S31 reveal about our lives when we are following God and applying the truths from the Comforter, Christian Science?

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