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PSST: Live the freedom Spirit gives you today!
P
ossible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Spirit”
for August 9, 2020

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

P.S.S.T. for Golden Text

What does freedom mean to you? What represents freedom? Is there really a place where Spirit is not? Since Spirit is everywhere that means freedom can be experienced wherever we are!

P.S.S.T. for Responsive Reading

It is important to be a true witness. What does it mean to be a witness? How can being a witness to the spiritual facts help in healing? It is so precious to know that Spirit is always bearing witness to our true identity. So, when we pray, we are seeing what Spirit is already holding true and dear about us. We are seeing our inseparability with Spirit because God never stops beholding who and what we are. Just like a reflection can never be separated from its source.

What is an heir? What does it mean to be “joint-heirs with Christ”? What did Christ Jesus inherit? He embodied and reflected all that God has and gives — health, dominion, freedom from every limitation, supply, abundance, happiness, joy. How was he able to demonstrate this? Can this also show us our divine inheritance?

How are things “working together for good” in your students lives? Like the saying goes, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” Do your students have a recent example of something that they had to do, which may not have been the best circumstance, but ended up working out well?

P.S.S.T. for Section 1 – Allow the reign of harmony to govern your life

What does it mean to worship God “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24)? Can we worship Spirit and matter at the same time? What are some relevant examples of trying to do this? How can we make this Bible passage practical in our daily lives?

What is the definition of “salvation” in the Glossary of Science and Health? Does this salvation sound future-based or is it something that can be lived and demonstrated right now?

How do you know that God has put his Spirit in you (Ezekiel 36:27)? How can you tell that He is causing you to walk in His ways? Do you have evidence of God’s protecting power?

The Bible Lens from the Christian Science Sentinel has this to add:

Since the original Greek can be understood to mean either spirit or a spirit, most translations omit the article a—making clear that God is Spirit itself rather than a personality. One source notes, “Spirit connotes reality, or absolute being.… [I]t is reality as living, powerful, life-giving.”

What does the “reign and rule of universal harmony” (SH, p. 208) look and feel like to you? How do we prepare for it — give consent to harmony in our lives? Since this “universal harmony” is all that God sees and knows, how can we live and express it more in our daily lives?

P.S.S.T. for Section 2 – Bringing the freshness of Spirit into your day

Psalms 8 shows how very much God loves us. God put “all things under [our] feet”! Any challenge that comes our way can be approached from the spirit of dominion (not subjection). God has given us dominion, so no matter what the “error” seems to be called, it cannot have dominion over God or God’s image and likeness, and, therefore, can’t impel us, trick us, or tempt us to believe in it. What’s it mean to be mindful of something? How’s God mindful of us?

What does it mean to be “spiritually minded” (Romans 8:6)? How can your students be “spiritually minded” everyday? Do you think being spiritually minded can lead to greater health, better grades, and a more harmonious home life? Why or why not? What are some of the “fruits of the Spirit” mentioned in the Responsive Reading that can help us be “spiritually minded”?

What does Science & Health, p. 63 tell us about our true origin story? How can this be a great starting point in our prayers? How does this passage connect with being a “joint-heir with Christ” in the Responsive Reading? How can we live our divine inheritance now instead of waiting for it at some future time?

If you’re ever feeling bored or stuck in a rut, it can be helpful to know that we have the capacity to “feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life” each moment (SH, p. 249). Spontaneity, freshness, new ideas, etc. are all great ways to express Spirit! See if your students can find ways to express newness and freshness this week. This ability comes straight from Spirit, so it doesn’t have to be limited by physical circumstances.

P.S.S.T. for Section 3 — Keep your eye on Spirit and then walk that way

Casting out devils by Beelzebub (Matthew 12:22-29) — what does that mean? Check out what the Bible Lens from the Christian Science Sentinel has to say:

Determined to undermine Jesus, the Pharisees attack his credibility by accusing him of serving a heathen deity. The Master responds with three arguments: (1) Satan would not work against himself; (2) other Jews, including the Pharisees themselves, practice exorcism; and (3) the spirit of God evidenced in his healings signals the presence of God’s kingdom (see vv. 25–28).

Beelzebub was the title of a heathen deity to whom the Jews ascribed all evil.

How can we handle the “strong man” mortal mind instead of allowing it to handle us? What are some “masks” of mortal mind that we can take off? How does seeing the nothingness of mortal mind pave the way for healing?

Have you ever tried to walk in the opposite direction that you are looking? Might be a fun exercise for your students to try doing. Obviously, we walk most effectively when we are looking the same direction that we are walking. Similarly, how can keeping our eye on Spirit and spiritual truth enable us to walk that way? What does it mean to have “hopes and affections” that are spiritual (SH, p.451)? What does it mean to have spiritual goals and spiritual treasures? How does having spiritual treasure help us on our walk Spirit ward?

P.S.S.T. for Section 4 — Reason rightly and find healing!

How is Jesus disproving the material senses in this healing (Luke 8:49-55)? What is he showing us about spiritual sense? What is a spiritual sense? How did Jesus use his spiritual sense and spiritual understanding to be a true witness? What passages specifically tell us so? Do you think he could have healed if he was believing what the material senses told him?

What kind of “reason” did Jesus use? “Reason, rightly directed, serves to correct the errors of corporeal sense…” (SH, p. 494) How does starting with God as the only Ego/Father-Mother/Cause help us to reason correctly and with good results?

How does the “Science of man's eternal harmony breaks their illusion…” (SH, p. 494) play a role in every Christian Science healing? See if you can find at least 5 ways to prevent and cure disease in this section of Science and Health.

P.S.S.T. for Section 5 – Share the Word of God and receive mutual blessings

Have you ever been in the right place at the right time to help someone? That’s what happened with Philip! Explore this example of how Philip shares the Word of God with a stranger he meets on the road. Notice how receptive the man is. What does the eunuch say and do to indicate his receptivity? Have you ever shared Christian Science with a friend? Or had a spiritually uplifting conversation with a friend who is a Christian Scientist? How did sharing inspiration help you and your friend?

We all want a sense of peace in our lives. What are the ways that Mary Baker Eddy tells us to attain peace? See SH, p. 506.

Trying to make plans for school or other aspects of life? Mary Baker Eddy gives us a neat way to look at making plans: “Spirit, God, gathers unformed thoughts into their proper channels, and unfolds these thoughts, even as He opens the petals of a holy purpose in order that the purpose may appear.” SH, 506

When we cherish the fact that Love’s purpose is only good for each of us, this shows us that we can never miss out on a divine blessing. God’s blessings extend beyond limited physical circumstances and we can know that all things do work together for good to them who love God.

P.S.S.T. for Section 6 – Experience your God-given freedom today!

What are some ways we can deny the claims of matter? How is this an essential part of finding the joy of Spirit and dominion over the body?
What’s the “one way” to heaven (SH, 242)? Is it something we can do & experience right now?

What are some ways that your class is “resisting anything unlike good” (SH p. 393)? How are they living the power of goodness and demonstrating it in their lives?

How can you demonstrate the power, love, and sound mind that God has given you (II Tim 1:7)? What are some ways to make this practical now?

Enjoy your class!

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