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[PSST: Make & discuss lists & push pass clichés for a participatory class that’s not listless.]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on;

for Sunday, January 26, 2014

By Steve Henn, C.S. St. Louis, Missouri
[Steve's been a CedarS Program Director & teaches English at The Principia School.]

PSST—Golden Text (GT)— How can your students trust that God is near?  Work through each commandment to explore the connection between God's law and Truth – how does God's law reveal Truth to each of us?

PSST—RR – Why does the Bible relate God/Truth to being a rock? Why does it present God as being judgmental? What is comforting about those concepts? (Consider the desperate conditions these verses were written in)  Are your students open to being tried and proven?  How does God go about proving and trying His children? How is that a demonstration of Truth?

PSST—Section 1 – How can we seek God with all our hearts?  How can we learn to put our trust in Him?  What should our "aim" be, according to Mrs. Eddy? What is the difference between believing and understanding?  How can that impact our practice of Christian Science? Activity Suggestion: Brainstorm with your students two lists, one list of things they understand, and another list of things they believe. Then discuss the differences between those two lists.  Next, do the same thing with lists, but have the subject be things they understand and believe about God. Then discuss how they can lean on the things they understand to strengthen the things they believe.

PSST—Section 2 – What type of person asks to be taught?  What must we express to be teachable?  When we are teachable, what do we hear coming from God?  What do God's angels sound like?  Mrs. Eddy takes the idea of being teachable and adds some elements to it – what is a "fervent habitual desire" and what does it take in us to have one?  Activity suggestion: write down a bunch of thoughts that you might have in any given day – then divide them between angel thoughts and erroneous thoughts.  Are there any patterns?  Push your students to get past cliché ideas into some more challenging areas.  And ask them what they can do with erroneous thoughts.

PSST—Section 3 – What comes by Jesus Christ?  Read this passage in context and help your students understand the historical tradition established in the Bible – this can be of particular help for those students who see contradictions in the Bible.  How does the publican compare to the Pharisee?  Who do your students want to be like?  Are they ever caught thinking in an erroneous manner?  Activity idea – look at the list given in the letter to the Philippians and give each student in your class one or more of those qualities.  Then have them brainstorm as many things as they can that match the quality given to them.  If you want them to be more creative, you can have them choose one of their ideas and try to draw that quality in action.  Then ask them how we can work to keep our thoughts on those things, instead of other thoughts that come into mind.

PSSTSection 4 – What must accompany your faith?  Have your students had any healings recently?  Can you bring some healings to the table – have you had any of your own that you haven't shared recently?  What about the Sentinel or Journal – can you bring testimonies of healing from those periodicals to Sunday School?  Help your students see and feel that Christian Science is still very much alive.  You might also consider reading chapters from We Knew Mary Baker Eddy or other accounts of healing from the early movement, and ask your students what it takes to achieve those healings today. What does this section say is required for healing work?

PSSTSection 5 – Look at the opening Bible citation (B18, John 8:32) in this section – and open the Bible itself to see what the context is surrounding this verse.  What is Jesus doing?  Why is he saying this to his disciples? Who is he speaking to – his disciples only?  Who else could he be speaking to here? What is in a name?  Why does Peter say "in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth"?  Think about the third commandment – why must we not take the Lord's name in vain?  Why are names so important and valuable?  Think name = nature.  What does that bring to the conversation?  How is the question, "What is Truth" answered?  What is an aphorism?  Look at citation S22 (162:4-9, “Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth…”) and encourage your students to memorize that verse.  Having a few ideas memorized from the Bible and Science and Health can be extremely useful when a challenge comes and you're not at home or in a place where a practitioner or other support is readily available.

PSSTSection 6 – Who would Peter rather obey than men?  Activity idea: what are the commands of man?  Think of the various experiences your students will go through: high school, sports, friendships, performances – and brainstorm what the commands of those arenas are.  What does high school demand of students?  Then think of what God demands of everyone.  You can make a list of each set of demands – but then be sure to discuss how meeting the demands God lays upon us will actually help your students to meet, or to reject when appropriate, the demands of all the important things in their lives.  What does it take to utter truth?  How can we grow in the expression and demonstration of Truth?

PSSTSection 7 – What is the result of choosing the way of truth?  [B23, S30]  What does it look or feel like to be free?  What does matter tell you it takes to be free?  What does it really take to be free?  What is the example that Jesus set for us?  How can we best follow that example?  Again, memorize citation 30 from SH.  “Truth makes man free” is a short phrase, but a powerful one as well. And it will serve your students well when they are faced with challenges.


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