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[PSST: Lean on Substance—and so, lead on!]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Substance”
for September 9-15, 2019

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
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P.S.S.T. Introduction – Before beginning this Lesson, ask students to read from Science & Health vii:1-2: “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.”

What does the sustaining infinite mean to them?
Have they ever experienced leaning on the sustaining infinite?
What did it look/feel like? What was the result?

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

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.

P.S.S.T. Golden Text – How do we see God in our midst? Use the seven prominent synonyms for God found in Science & Health and ask the same question:
How do we see Life, Truth, Love, Spirit, Soul, Mind, Principle in our midst?
How do we see Good in our midst?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – What are the key takeaways in the Pentecost scripture in the Responsive Reading? Perhaps:

  • They were all with one accord in one place
  • They were filled with the Holy Ghost
  • They were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men
  • The multitude came together
  • Every man heard them speak in his own language
  • All that believed…had all things common
  • Continuing with one accord… and singleness of heart

Read together from Miscellaneous Writings 262:10: “When the heart speaks, however simple the words, its language is always acceptable to those who have hearts.”

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – What “saith God” in citation B3? How does this scripture agree with the first line in Science & Health reviewed earlier?

Ask students to write down and then share how they “give glory unto the Lord” as stated in citation B3, Isaiah 42:12?

When you think of your substance, what words come to mind? Citation S1.

What do you consider “the facts of Science”? Citation S5.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What is the “word which the Lord speaketh” in Citation B7?

Imagine for a moment all the earth filled with the glory of the Lord. Citation B9.

How does your vision align with the Pentecost vision read in the Responsive Reading?
If you are having trouble seeing this glory, use Citation S7 as an aid to support and clarify your thinking. Use SH 279:26 also. Citation S8.

Read together Hymn 251 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words printed here):

Hymn 251

O Word of God, most holy, / O wisdom from on high, / O Truth, unchanged, unchanging, / O light of earth's dark sky, / We bless Thee for the radiance / That from the hallowed page, / A lantern to our footsteps, / Shines on from age to age. /

O Word of God the Father, / Thou art the gift divine, / And still thy light is lifted, / O'er all the lands to shine. / It is the chart and compass / To guide us to our Lord; / It is the heaven-drawn picture / Of Christ, the living Word.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – How is God in the midst of you identified in Citation B11?

  • Mighty
  • He will save
  • He will rejoice over thee with joy
  • He will rest in his love
  • He will joy over thee with singing

What is a basis for your accepting Science and all that it can/will do for you? Citation S14.

  • Man is the true image of God
  • Perfect Principle and idea
  • Perfect God and perfect man

This statement from Science & Health is based on the First Commandment. Ask students to state aloud the First Commandment: Exodus 20:3: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

Also stated as “Thou shalt have no other Life, Truth, Love, Spirit, Soul, Mind, Principle before God, Good.”

What do these facts permit you to do? Lean on the sustaining infinite.

See also Citations S18 and S20.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Singing often helps us feel close to God. Ask students to share their favorite hymn from the Christian Science Hymnal and read it aloud.

Share what you think the man in the temple in Citation B19 might have felt or how he might have expressed his feelings.

Can you heal as Jesus did? Yes, by using the same laws he did! Citation S24, SH 418:20.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What does “Spirit say unto the churches” in this section of the Lesson?

  • I will give you of the tree of life
  • The lord is in the midst of thee
  • Thou shalt not see evil any more
  • God shall help her, and that right early
  • He shewed me a pure river of water of life
  • The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations

Read together SH 37:22-25,27: “It is possible, — yea, it is the duty and privilege of every child, man, and woman, — to follow in some degree the example of the Master by the demonstration of Truth and Life, of health and holiness.

“Hear these imperative commands: ‘Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect!’” ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature!’ ‘Heal the sick!’”

Lean on then, and Lead on!

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