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[PSST: Make a mental shift forever to worship God instead of the body! (GT, 3)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

for Sunday, November 13, 2016 on

“Mortals and Immortals”

by Aubrey McMullin, C.S., Godfrey, Illinois
(618) 578-9407 aubrey.mcmullin3@gmail.com

PSST Golden Text (GT): Whatever God does is FOREVER!
How do we know that God's actions are infinite? How do we know that nothing can be added to His actions, as well as nothing taken away? Is God enough? See poem, "Divine Contentment Heals" by Peter Henniker-Heaton. [http://journal.christianscience.com/issues/1953/2/71-2/divine-contentment-heals]

PSST Responsive Reading: We’re in this for the long haul, from everlasting to everlasting.
Look at the questions that are presented by God in the Responsive Reading this week: "Why do you talk without knowing what you're talking about? … Where were you when I created the earth? … Who decided on its size? … Who came up with the blueprints and measurements? How was its foundation poured, and who set the cornerstone, while morning stars sang in chorus and all the angels shouted praise?" (Quoted from The Message) Are you convinced that God can do anything and everything?

PSST Section 1: God made us spiritual AND eternal!
How does God strengthen/gird/equip those who do not know Him/Her (B1)? In citation B2, the body is referred to as our "earthly house of this tabernacle… a building of God… eternal in the heavens." What does this mean? Instead of thinking of the body as your true identity, where can you find a true sense of yourself? (B3) How powerful is God's word? How quick? How sharp? What is a counterfeit? How do we know when something is false? Is it a gut reaction, or response, or does that knowledge come from having studied the original and perfect and true model? If we were created in the image and likeness of God, are we counterfeits or originals? How do we affirm this on a daily basis? On a moment-by-moment basis? For ourselves AND OTHERS? How can we apply this to people we might not get along with, or that our friends might not get along with, or that we might not know but disagree with?

PSST Section 2: Material beliefs FALL before immortal facts.
[Check-out Christie Hanzlik’s, fun, animated-video to see new ways to answer these questions:] Can someone who trusts that God is their strength and power really ever be an underdog or one who isn't equipped with moral might? How did David demonstrate moral might when in battle with Goliath? How is this sense of moral might shown in school, athletics, perhaps a job opportunity, time spent with family, or time spent with friends? Was Mary Baker Eddy an "underdog" of her time when she discovered Christian Science? Or was she fully equipped with moral might and able to slay the Goliath of her time? What are some Goliaths of our time? How are we equipped to defeat these Goliaths?

"Divine Love ALWAYS has met and ALWAYS will meet EVERY human need" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 494). How does this fit into this section of this week's lesson?

Rick Stewart mentioned Nick Vujicic in the metaphysical application ideas, and I remembered a short film that I saw years ago and loved. It is called The Butterfly Circus, and Nick Vujicic plays one of the characters in the film. It's very inspiring and about 20 minutes long! It might be a short film that stirs thought in your students as well as inspires them to think more about judgment and how man is truly infinitely equipped. Here's the link to the website where you can watch it: http://thebutterflycircus.com/short-film/

PSST Section 3: Our immortality is safe in God – Hakuna Matata!
What does it really mean to you to be spiritually-minded? How does being spiritually-minded bring peace? Is being spiritually-minded a miracle? Is it graceful? We learn that pursuing and gaining the benefits of a more spiritual life requires more than excitedly declaring one day, "OK, today is the day I become spiritually-minded!" It's not a one-time declaration or merely a decision to make a few changes in our lifestyle that will deeply and permanently transform our whole basis of thought from mater to Spirit. How do we make the mental shift from giving continuous attention to physical conditions, the body, and mortality, to exploring instead the spiritual nature and government of being?

In citation S15, Mrs. Eddy says that "Immortality, exempt from age or decay, has a glory of its own…". What is this glory? How do we demonstrate being exempt from age or decay? How do we witness others as having this exemption also? How does this bring us, and others, peace?

Section 4: Let in the light of immortality!
What does it mean for us, today, if Jesus healed EVERY sickness and EVERY disease? (B11) What are some crosses that we find ourselves needing to take up? (B12) Perhaps time, judgment, anger, materialistic thinking, sensualism, distrust, envy, jealousy, sadness? How do we take these up and follow Christ?
Why did Jesus' face shine in Matthew 17:2? Does your face ever shine when you feel directed or inspired by God? (B13)

What is the divine proof that is referred to in citation S22? How does this evidence reverse the evidence of material sense? How have we witnessed this and how can we acknowledge it when we do witness it? What about immortality swallows up the qualities and conditions of mortality?

PSST Section 5: Truth of man's immortality frees us!
What do you know about your immortality? What do you know about yourself and others that you would deem absolutely true? Think about Aeneas and Peter in this section… How did they become free from their bondage? What seems to be binding you at the moment, or keeping you at a standstill, or preventing you from your right activities? How will you be freed from this sense of bondage? Is imprisonment a good enough reason to stop praying or preaching the truth or healing? Is the threat of imprisonment enough to stop someone who really trusts God from doing His work? Can you think of examples of men and women who were imprisoned for courageous and righteous activities? How did the truth free them? How did the truth bless the entire situation?

PSST Section 6: Christ reveals man's true and immortal nature!
Does something that is eternal start and then keep going? Does eternity have a beginning or end? If Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, as stated in citation B18 from Hebrews, how are we expressing and experiencing Christ today? How do we know Christ will continue forever? What are some ideas that inspire you? What are some higher views that inspire you? Where do these ideas and views come from? Do they have a finite source that was created at a specific time and will deplete at another specific time? Citation S30 states that "we cannot fathom the nature and quality of God's creation by diving into the shallows of mortal belief" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 262:9). How do we then understand the nature and quality of God's creation, of His infinite love and care? How do we rise above the shallows of mortal belief to attain higher views and inspiration? How do we reach an understanding of our immortal nature? Is being immortal something that we can manage? Is it something we can help being, or is it so supremely natural that it is the only true occurrence in our experience and the experience of everyone?

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