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PSST: Let God’s Spirit shine through you!
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Spirit”
for February 5–11, 2024

by Lindsey Biggs, C.S of Maryland Heights, MO
540 460 3515 biggs.lindsey@gmail.com


P.S.S.T. for Golden Text

. . . God gives the Spirit generously. – John 3:34

What are some attributes of Spirit? Why is Spirit important?

Notice the Biblical accounts of Jesus which say that he went in the power of the Spirit to a person or a place. Spirit was always moving, inspiring, guiding and directing Jesus and his disciples. The Spirit worked through them. This shows us that it is the Spirit that works through us, too, giving us the intelligence that we need, talents and gifts to express, energy to participate in sports and other endeavors. We are at one with the Spirit. So if we ever feel that we need more energy, joy, and inspiration, it is the Spirit that confers this animus!


P.S.S.T. for Responsive Reading

Bible Lens Research from the Christian Science Sentinel has this to add about this Biblical account of Moses:
“Moses wants the gift of the spirit to be universally bestowed. A scholar remarks, “When it comes to serving God, there is plenty of room for everyone.” Mark 9:38–40 recounts a similar event: Christ Jesus’ disciples censure a man who has cast out demons in Jesus’ name. The Savior admonishes them: “Forbid him not: . . . For he that is not against us is on our part.””

This Biblical account can teach us about jealousy or covetousness and maybe even challenge prejudices about who we think can manifest the Holy Spirit (age, gender, race, ethnicity, class, etc) Have your students ever felt jealous when they felt a friend possessed a talent that they didn’t have? What did they do in that situation? How did they overcome those feelings?

Of course, this section addresses gifts of the Holy Spirit. Why does Moses want everyone to be filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit?  Which viewpoint glorifies God more?


P.S.S.T. for Section 1 – The Fruits of the Spirit

The Fruits of the Spirit can offer great content for Sunday School classes. There are 9 fruits of the Spirit. See if your students can memorize them!

For older classes you could include the “rotten qualities” that precede the Fruits of the Spirit in Galatians as a contrast to the Fruits of the Spirit:
… Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: …(Galatians 5:19–21

For younger classes, TeachersPayTeachers have many fun arts and crafts projects related to the Fruits of the Spirit. You can find them here.


P.S.S.T. for Section 2 – Using your gifts to glorify God

This Bible account comes right after Moses has written down the Ten Commandments and comes down from the mountain with his face shining.

God asks that whoever is willing to make an offering to the Lord. The people give their valuables abundantly. The people give so generously that when the work is complete, Moses tells them to stop bringing donations because they have more than enough.

Here is some additional details on this Bible story:
“Now God directs Moses to build a tabernacle—a portable shrine. The Hebrew leader requests sacrifices of personal wealth for this purpose, and the people respond generously (see vv. 4, 5, 20–29). God has designated Bezaleel for specialized work on the tabernacle, supplying him and his assistant Aholiab with artistic skills and teaching ability. Bezaleel’s respected position is apparent in the detailed account of his craftsmanship on the ark of the covenant, the mercy seat, and the altar of the tabernacle (see chaps. 37, 38).” (Bible Lens Research)

This helps us see that our artistic-ness or good craftsmanship are qualities of God. They are God’s qualities shining through us. God wants to be expressed in practical ways, and the talents we possess are the ways God expresses Himself through us.

Have your students ever been involved in a fundraiser? Did they ever need creative ideas on how to raise funds? What was the outcome? Or are there ways that their talents and skills were needed on a group project? How did they use their talents to benefit the group?


P.S.S.T. for Section 3 — Forming perfect models in thought

 This section highlights how important it is to have the right model! Role models are a great thing. There may be someone who we feel is living Science really well. Or someone who is always gentle and kind. Or someone else who always seems to have energy and joy. Whatever the model is, it is usually the way that they are shining their spiritual light and qualities that is attractive to us.

An architect or engineer always starts with a model! It’s actually a really practical thing to do! So we can see in our metaphysical work, we want to start with the correct model, too. There may be Bible characters who are great models for students, or Christ Jesus himself! Consider having a discussion with your students on who some of their role models are and why they like the qualities they express. This can be a great thing to journal about for middle or high school classes. Jot down a list of all the qualities their model expresses then they can refer back to that list on a weekly basis and take stock on how well they are embodying and expressing them!

This article has some neat ideas, too, on this subject:
“Just as Michelangelo carved his sculptures by starting with the perfect model and removing what didn’t belong, I had understood the perfect model of my being as part of God’s creation, and had rejected what didn’t belong to that perfect model.” (‘Perfect models’ The Christian Science Journal – March 31, 2014)


P.S.S.T. for Section 4 — The Parable of the Sower

 The parables can be really fun to explore as a class. This one can be especially helpful because this is one of the parables that Jesus actually explained the meaning of after he told it. See if your students can determine the meaning of the parable from reading out loud the parable itself without the explanation. Then read Jesus’ explanation together. Ask students which type of ground they feel they are. This may change from day to day! So even if we don’t feel we are the good soil one day, it doesn’t mean we can’t be the good receptive soil putting the Word of God into action the next day! Or there may be periods in our life when we feel we are more one type of soil than another. We may be different types of fields at different times of our lives, so it’s a helpful parable to review.

The book Jesus’ Little Parables of the Kingdom sold in the Reading Room contains great illustrations of this parable. This one is great for younger classes.

There is a video on ChristianScience.com that is great for ages 8 – 14. Parable of the sower


P.S.S.T. for Section 5 – Apply the Truth and find healing

 The spiral-bound book called “Step by Step” is a great one to share with students. It includes all types of articles on teen-topics from authors who have applied spiritual truths to their various situations and found healing. It is a discontinued product, but you may be able to find a copy in your Lending Library or through your Reading Room Librarian.

In addition, Teen Connect on JSHOnline.com has many great articles by teens who have written about physical healings they have had.

Perhaps your students have had a physical healing they would like to share with the class?


P.S.S.T. for Section 6 – The animating power of Spirit

 This section shows us the animating power of Spirit. Let’s take a look at what the Spirit does:

+Spirit imparts understanding (and understanding gives us eternal harmony)
+Spirit imparts the ability to prophecy, spiritual visions, etc.
+Spirit unites us causing people to share things in common
+Spirit enables us to speak in a way that others can understand

Explore the story of Pentecost with your students. What timeframe does this story have in relation to Jesus’ ascension? What is the significance of that? What lessons can your students gain? What ideals does it show us are possible for our communities?


Enjoy your class!

 

 

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