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[PSST: Listen for angel messages to make fair and wise decisions. (RR)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“UNREALITY”
for October 1-7, 2018

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – Are you a wise person? What evidence do you have that you are so?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – What wisdom is evidenced in your conversations — about yourself, about others?

From where does your wisdom come — book learning, experience, guidance from others?

What does the Responsive Reading (RR) tell us of the difference between “earthly” wisdom, and the wisdom “that is from above”? What descriptors are mentioned in the RR about the wisdom from above?

“The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”

Do these descriptors call for us to set aside prejudices and listen for angel messages from Mind, our good God, that always help us make fair and wise decisions? Read together about the wisdom of Solomon in I Kings 3:16-28.

Let us look to this Lesson to affirm that the wisdom that was in Solomon is also our wisdom.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – From where does wisdom come?

What do you think it means to put on “the whole armour of God” as stated in citation B5?

What is real to you, evidence from the physical senses or spiritual understanding?

  • Do railroad tracks really merge in the distance?
  • Is the earth really flat so that anyone who travels to the “edge” falls off?

What is it that reveals these as illusions? Understanding based on experience, study, and guidance from wise teachers. So it is with the separation to be made between evil as unreal and good as supreme. See citations S3 & S4.

This portion of citation S5 is a good memory opportunity:

“At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil.”

Just as it was for Solomon, so is it for you.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – If you do not feel wise, what can you do about that? Pray with citation B7:

“Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.”

What qualities might you think about and call forth as aids in this prayer? Humility, setting aside preconceived views, trust, listening…

How did Moses use these qualities when preparing for the Exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt? See citations B9 and S7.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – Read together citation B13. What does it mean to conform to this world? What about the word ‘transform’? How are the two words ‘conform’ and ‘transform’ different from each other? Think about our two major Bible stories referenced. What would have been different for the child and its mother had Solomon conformed to human opinions? What would have been different for the children of Israel had Moses conformed to the view that Pharaoh was supreme and must be obeyed? In the human experience, what is different when one listens or conforms to the testimony of the physical senses regarding sin, sickness, or disease versus listening and being transformed by the word of God? Harmony, peace, safety, and security.

Ask students to share any examples from their experience about the transformation that occurred when wisdom was sought and received.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – What do students know about Saint Paul and his transformation? See Acts 9.

How did Eutychus benefit from Paul’s transformation as you read citation B15? What had changed for Paul? Citation S19 says:

“When understanding changes the standpoints of life and intelligence from a material to a spiritual basis, we shall gain the reality of Life, the control of Soul over sense, and we shall perceive Christianity, or Truth, in its divine Principle.”

Once again, wisdom transforms our lives so that we behold good and the permanency of life, and no longer conform to the illusions of a material life.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – But how?

“Do you look on things after the outward appearance?” B16

Or, do you “Look unto me, and be …saved”? B17

What tools do you have at your disposal to help when seeking wisdom? Read together citation S23. You are this “Christian Scientist”. Now!

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Are there any other Scripture stories students can share that speak to wisdom that transforms?

Read together Hymn 42 from the Christian Science Hymnal:.

Come, Thou all-transforming Spirit,

Bless the sower and the seed;

Let each heart Thy grace inherit;

Raise the weak, the hungry feed;

From the Gospel, from the Gospel

Now supply Thy people’s need.

O, may all enjoy the blessing

Which Thy holy word doth give;

Let us all, Thy love possessing,

Joyfully Thy truth receive;

And forever, and forever

To Thy praise and glory live.

There are hints of some stories in this hymn.

  • Is harmony your right?
  • Is peace your right?
  • Is wisdom your right?
  • Is transformation your right?
  • Is health and healing your right?

Why, because the wisdom taught and revealed through the study of Christian Science leads us to understand the true nature of ourselves, our fellow man and our world.

Conclude with reading together citation S30.

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