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[PSST: Modernize the parables to help students better understand their messages. (RR) Report back the effects of keeping clear all week that the kingdom of heaven is within. (5)]

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?”
for June 24, 2018

By Steve Henn, C.S. St. Louis, Missouri

PSST Golden Text: How often do we look around for causes or evidence of reality? What is Jesus counseling us to do here? How might your students approach their coming week differently when they recognize the Kingdom of Heaven is already within them?

PSST Responsive Reading (RR): The RR includes two different parables in it – why? What is the reason that Jesus would speak in parables? More specifically, what are the key lessons to be learned from these particular parables? Consider modernizing these parables with them – keep the lesson/message true, but what would be the modern-day equivalents of these parables? And how does looking at modern representations help your students to understand the messages more clearly?

PSST Section 1: Explore this section with your students to see all the things that God has made; then pose the question, what hasn’t God, Mind made? Look carefully at citation B2; how often do we all turn “things upside down”? What does this mean, and why is it so important to be alert to when we are doing so? What from Section 1 can we use as a response to this sometimes deceptive, but always false way of thinking?

PSST Section 2: What does Moses command his people to do, after telling them not to be afraid? When the children of Israel are crossing the Red Sea, what does it say they are on in the midst of the sea? Why is it so important that the midst of the sea is “dry ground”; what is the significance of “dry land”? (Look at the days of creation, and look up p. 507 in S&H.) How does this help to answer the question of Mind’s control over the universe?

PSST Section 3: How does Jesus cast out the devil in the blind and deaf man? What do the Pharisees accuse Jesus of being in this case? What is Jesus’ defense? Work with your students to look closely and carefully at this particular healing – in it is a clear debate between materially based and spiritually based thinking. How often do we engage in this type of debate in our own lives? How often are we arguing the Pharisees’ side; how do we ensure that we are always leaning on Christ – who helps us do all things?

PSST Section 4: Where does your faith, and the faith of your students, stand? Is it in the power of God? How do we make sure this is the case? Why is it important to be sure our faith is founded on God’s power? What does faith the size of a mustard seed look like (have your students ever seen a mustard seed)? What is Jesus talking about when he says that prayer and fasting are required to heal effectively? What do prayer and fasting look like in your students’ lives? What prayers would they pray, and what sacrifices would they make to grow closer to God and be more Christlike?

PSST Section 5: How often are your students discouraged by the material picture they see around them? How often does the human condition present images that would refute the supremacy of God, Truth, Life, Mind? What in this section can help your students see reality in the face of these false or incomplete images? What does it mean to have the kingdom of God within us? What happens in our experience when we recognize this reality? Challenge your students to keep this clear in thought throughout the whole coming week and report back the effects.

PSST Section 6: Why is it significant that God “calleth them all by names”? How close do your students feel to God, Truth? Do they feel cared for, watched over, beloved and protected? Do they feel and know the great love that Love has toward them? What does this section offer, what does this lesson offer, to help us all feel the loving embrace of Principle, Soul, Spirit?

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