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[PSST: Learn to speak with Jesus’ authority-1 Go about doing good!-2 Do all things well.-3
Know the Scriptures! -4 Be fashioned anew! -5 Take nothing for your journey! -6
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on;

Christ Jesus
for Sunday, August 27, 2017

By Steve Henn, C.S. St. Louis, Missouri

[Warren: Steve's been a CedarS Program Director & teaches English at The Principia School.]

PSST Golden Text
What “words” is Jesus referring to in this Golden Text? Challenge your students to look for them throughout the lesson. How can words be spirit and life?

PSST Responsive Reading (RR) –
What does it mean to believe on Christ Jesus; to see Christ Jesus, even though it is 2000 years later? Does the first verse of the RR this week still apply to us?

How is Christ Jesus a light? What is the darkness he is preventing us from abiding in?

What are all the things Christ has said, and why would we want to remember them?

PSST Section 1 – [Learn to speak with Jesus’ authority]
Where does Jesus’ authority come from? Can we speak with the same authority? How?

How does the knowledge of the glory of God have light to give?

PSST Section 2 – [Go about doing good!]
What does it mean that Jesus “went about doing good”?
How can we follow this example on a daily basis?

How can we translate the healing in this section to our lives today? What do the unclean spirits represent; what do we want to speak to with confidence and authority?
Where does our power and authority come from; how can we speak with the same confidence as Jesus; what can we do to increase our confidence?

PSST Section 3 – [Do all things well.]
What does it mean to say that Jesus has “done all things well”?
Can we say the same thing about our own efforts?

How do we respond when healing doesn’t seem to come quickly? Are we tempted to doubt Christian Science or our abilities in it? What other responses can we have?

PSST Section 4 – [Know the Scriptures!]
What is a parable and why did Jesus only speak/teach using them?
What does this mean for our study and growth in Christian Science? [S19]

How well do your students understand and appreciate the concept of as ye sow, so shall ye reap? Is this just a suggestion they occasionally consider? Or a clear principle to live their lives by?

Should we consider “knowing the Scriptures”? [S20] Why is it so important?

PSST Section 5 – [Be fashioned anew! “Pray without ceasing”]
How do we assimilate more of the divine character? [S26, 4:20]
Why do we want to do this? [to be fashioned anew, S26] Is it difficult?
How can we practice or test this idea in the coming week?

How has God “successfully done” anything for the health of mankind; what does MBE say about this? [S27, 1:6] What does this mean for our practice of Christian Science?

How do we “pray without ceasing”? [S28, 15:20]

Section 6 – [Take nothing for your journey!]
Why would Jesus instruct his disciples to take nothing for their journey?
How can we follow this directive today?
What journeys do we go on daily?
What can we work to leave behind?

Citation S29 [that starts with “Divine Love always has met and…” ] is a passage we often skip over because of how familiar it is to us; much like skipping past the radical statement that God is Love.
What are we missing when we fail to study this particular passage in great detail?
What does this citation reveal about the foundation of the logic necessary to truly practicing Christian Science?
How does beginning from this foundation transform the way we view the world, think about our experience, and go about our day?

What are the fruits of our practice of Christian Science? [S31, 496:13]
What can we look out for and expect to see when we are practicing correctly?
How do we respond if those fruits do not seem to show up?

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