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[PSST: Let Love, “the true incentive,” motivate all you do! (2)
P
ossible Sunday School Topics (PSST) for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Love”
for Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 (**the afternoon you’re invited to CedarS premiere Zoom video)

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

P.S.S.T. for The Golden Text – Who Lives in Love?

Why is love so important to Christian Scientists?

Where can we find the passage “God is love” written in Christian Science Churches?

The Golden Text is from 1st John. Not to be confused with the fourth book of the New Testament, the Gospel According to John, which focuses on Jesus’ ministry. What do you know about 1st John?

What is the relative timeline for when First John is written? Before the gospels or after the gospels? (After. Most scholars believe this letter was composed in approximately 95-110 AD in the Christian community in Ephesus.)

Teachers, do a little more research if you think your class will be interested. We like showing images to students over video conference as we meet remotely via Zoom in our Sunday School.

P.S.S.T. for The Responsive Reading (RR) – What are some qualities of divine Love?

Sometimes it can be helpful to give your students a mission, a quick assignment before reading the RR. List or circle the loving characteristics of God in the RR and outcomes for us when we trust in this love:

  • Outcomes from divine Love
    • Abundantly satisfied
    • River of God’s pleasures
  • Qualities of divine Love
    • Forgiving, healing
    • Redeeming
    • God crowns us with lovingkindness & tender mercies

P.S.S.T. for Section 1 – Can we ask more of God?

*Citation B3, Deuteronomy 7:7-9, 13: Describe the type of Love Moses reminds the Hebrews of (redemptive, protective, faithful, merciful)

*Citation S4, SH 503:12-15: What is the dialog taking place here? What is error, what is divine Love? Speak to this on a global scale, then think about it in your own life.

*Citation S5, 91:5: Why is eliminating the belief that people could ever be separated from God a turning point or "the great point of departure for all true spiritual growth?"

What does this entail? What does it mean to understand there is only one God and we are never separated from God? Think about false idols or temptations in your experience that are really powerless when we're thinking from a perspective of being one with God.

P.S.S.T for Section 2 – Ruth’s loving example

*Citation B6, Ruth 1:3-19: talk with your class about the implications of Ruth being a non-Hebrew, a foreigner. The Hebrew people, as other ancient peoples, identified closely with their theology, their beliefs about God. Sometimes we can get caught up in an insider versus outsider point of view of "non-Scientists".
How can we be more embracing of all people?
What does Ruth's faithfulness to Naomi demonstrate?
Ruth was an outsider, a "non-Hebrew", who was expected to go back to her family and leave the Jewish traditions and beliefs she had been accustomed to with her first husband Mahlon and her mother-in-law Naomi.

List some of the qualities Ruth expressed as she got to know Boaz and ultimately became the great-grandmother of a figure central to the Jewish faith, King David. Yes, Ruth expressed love. 😉 Now add more detail to that quality.

What did Ruth’s expression of love look like? How did it feel? How would you express love like that? Do you know of any examples of someone embracing another culture or different people lovingly today?

Does anyone else in this story express love? Hint: Yes! Naomi & Boaz

It can be fun and insightful to recognize the patterns in the Christian Science Bible lesson. Last week on the subject of Truth, the passage "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" from John 8:32 was the Golden Text. Where have you seen that passage before in Christian Science church edifices? This week there is another familiar passage in citation S6, "Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need." Where do we find that passage in Christian Science Church edifices?

*Citation S6, 494:10-11, 15: Please explain how the law of divine Love () was in effect for Ruth. Can you explain how you see it at work today in the world? What about in your own life?

*Citation S7, 557:32-18: Building on the idea about Ruth as the great grandmother of David, the lesson also includes Psalm 23 which is attributed to David. Ask your class to read Psalm 23 with Mary Baker Eddy’s substitution of “Love” from Page 557 of Science and Health. Ask your class to read it to themselves quietly and think about each verse.

  • What depth does this add to the Psalm?
  • How do you read it differently?
  • What qualities do you understand?
  • How does this expanded interpretation of the Psalm give meaning and insight to your life?

P.S.S.T. for Section 3 – Love your enemies

*Citation B8, Psalm 86:14,15: Look at other translations for these verses. The Bible Lens includes one from the Common English Bible.
Consider what it means for God to be a God “full of compassion.”

*Citation B10, Matthew 5:1, 2, 7, 43-45, contains the “Blessed are the merciful” beatitude and part of the Sermon on the Mount. Discuss Jesus’ direction to “Love your enemies, bless those that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matt. 5:44). What are some ways that you do this?

*Citation S11, 234:12: What does it mean to “cast pearls before swine”? Avoiding political pitfalls, talk about how to love others and when to identify when others are not receptive to love?

*Citation S13, 571:18: Describe a time when you were “Clad in the panoply of Love” and “human hatred [did] not reach you”.

*Citation S15, 337:7-19: What is “true happiness”? Do you agree with Mary Baker Eddy that to demonstrate it one must “harmonize with… divine Love… be in accord with the Father, in conformity with Christ”? Why or why not?

Citation S16, 248:20: How are you letting “unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, love — the kingdom of heaven — reign within” you?

P.S.S.T. for Section 4 – What is the true incentive?

*Citation S17 says Jesus ministry was “the demonstration of divine Love” (135:26).

*Citations B12 and B13: How do Jesus’ healing of the leper in Mark 1:40-42 and of the nobleman’s son in John 4:46-53 showcase this “demonstration of God’s love”?

*Citation S19, 454:17-21: “Love for God and man is the true incentive in healing and teaching.” Define incentive and speak to it. Why is Love for God an incentive in and of itself?

Why is Love for man (all mankind, humanity) an incentive in and of itself?

Speak to motives and the spiritual power associated with right desires. See citation S19 and citation S20.

*Citation S21 builds on the idea of loving others as an incentive in citation S19. Talk about the mechanics of why Love has a healing impact. How does that work exactly? Teachers, have an experience ready to share where your loving expression brought healing and/or a blessing to a situation. Why is Love the most effective agent in citation S23?

P.S.S.T. for Section 5 – Love your neighbor: Forgive, Do Not Judge, Bless

How do you love beyond judgement?

How do you love enough to forgive?

*Citation B15, Matthew 18:22: Did Jesus mean it was okay to snap when wronged the 491st time? Should we keep count? Can you forgive too much? Does anyone have a good example of forgiveness like the one Warren shared in an audio blog from last November?

Should you wait sometimes and see how someone behaves before loving them?

*Citation S28, 412:13: Discuss why and how “divine Love is omnipotent”? (define omnipotent)

P.S.S.T. for Section 6 – How to recognize love

*Citation B19 is from 1st John. Here, the author specifies how to recognize others who live a life according to God’s love. Read 1 John 4:12 in several translations. Biblegateway.com allows users to choose different translations on the top, right side of the page. How is God’s love “perfected in us”? What does it look like when we live a life according to God’s love?

*Citation S30, 572:6-8: Discuss what Mary Baker Eddy says about John’s “simple … counsel” to “Love one another”.
**Citation S31, 496:9: Answer Mary Baker Eddy questions:
“Am I living the life that approaches the supreme good? [or supreme Love? See David’s Met]
Am I demonstrating the healing power of Truth and Love?”
Discuss
Mary Baker Eddy’s “If so” predictions and what “enables you to demonstrate with scientific certainty the rule of healing” and what it’s “based upon.”


** P.S. You and your Sunday School students, families, and church members are invited! Join us this Sunday, January 31st at 3pm Central for CedarS first, virtual video show! Following this week, we will offer a special focus show each Sunday for the next 10 weeks, highlighting programs for elementary schoolers, middle schoolers, high schoolers, families, horse aficionados, cable skiers, budding actors & athletes…
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