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[PSST: Listen to your gut feeling of spiritual sense to be guided & protected. (2, 4)]

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Unreality” for September 30-October 6, 2019

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.

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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – How do you know what is true? How do you test an idea for truth? Is it permanent, is it universal, is it usable?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading (RR) – Do you judge?
Please help students define judgment.

According to dictionary.com: “The ability to make a decision, or form an opinion objectively, authoritatively, and wisely, especially in matters affecting action, good sense, discretion.”

What statements in the Responsive Reading (RR) align with circumstances calling for judgment? How does the RR conclude? How important is it to know what is true in order to apply truth to any circumstance, that is, to judge righteously?

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – Read together Citation B5 as an additional statement of how one may test for the truth. What are the qualities stated in this citation to provide aid?

Read together the last sentence in Citation S4: “The calm and exalted thought or spiritual apprehension is at peace” (Science & Health 506:11). Do you desire spiritual apprehension as a way of judging rightly?

Read together Hymn 123 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed here):

Hymn 123

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,

Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word.

What more can He say than to you He hath said,

To you who to God for your refuge have fled:

Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,

For I am thy God, I will still give thee aid;

I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,

Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand;

When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,

My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;

The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design

Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What is the guidance in Citation B6? “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”

How important is observable evidence when judging a circumstance? Is observing with the physical senses sufficient and the correct approach? Do you ever “feel” that a thing is right or wrong even when the appearance tells you otherwise? Sometimes we call this “gut feeling,” meaning that something in the core of our being is speaking to us. What is the message Moses heard in the scriptures in Citations B7 and B8? What is the guidance provided in Science & Health in Citation S7?

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What is the “important question” posed in Citation S12? “Are thoughts divine or human?” In other words, what is the basis for your judging a circumstance – the physical senses or spiritual sense?

See the definition of spiritual sense in SH 209:31-32.

Read together Citation S13.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – After reading Citation B11, ask students to share any other scripture stories where individuals were protected or guided by spiritual sense. (Children of Israel at the Red Sea, Daniel in the lions’ den, David and Goliath, as examples)

Read together Hymn 292 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed here):

Hymn 292

Put on the whole armor of pure consecration,

The breastplate of righteousness valiantly gird,

With shield of true faith, and the helmet of salvation-

The sword of the Spirit is God's mighty Word!

For His is the greatness, the power and the glory,

The victory His, when for succor we call;

His majesty shines in creation's wondrous story,

And He is exalted as head over all!

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Blessed are your eyes and your ears.

Read the definitions of Eyes in SH 586:3-6, and Ears in SH 585:1-4.

Citation S24 is a good memorization opportunity: “Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick.”

How is seeing the perfect man like judging righteous judgment? Read Citation S25 (SH 428:26-29) for an answer: “The evidence of man’s immortality will become more apparent, as material beliefs are given up and the immortal facts of being are admitted.”

How is that statement aligned with judging righteous judgment?

Review the definition of judgment as was stated in the RR section of this PSST.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – What is the charge to Christian Scientists as stated in Citation S27?
How can we progress most rapidly in our understanding of Christian Science? See SH 495:25-19, which is Mary Baker Eddy’s answer to this question.

What do you make of the scripture story in Citation B18?
Why would Jesus do such a thing?
Is this story also a metaphor for the need to cleanse other desires or actions from our thoughts and lives?

Review Citation S27 again – SH 405:5-11.

P.S.S.T. Section 7 – Which is real – truth or error?
On which one can you rely?
With which one can you live a harmonious life?
With which one can you heal?

What is the desire and command stated in SH Citation S31? “…love his neighbor as himself….”

What is a key question to ask yourself from SH 496:9-10 – “Ask yourself: Am I living the life that approaches the supreme good?”

This is a basis for judging ourselves and squaring our account with God every day.

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