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PSST: Oneness with God frees us from limitations
P
ossible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?”
for April 11, 2021

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

P.S.S.T. for Golden Text

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” I Thess. 5:21 KJV
“…test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.” I Thess. 5:21 NLT

When a scientist goes to his lab, he has a hypothesis that he tries to prove. He makes tests with differing variables to prove the law governing the outcome of his experiment. Similarly, we as Christian Scientists are bringing God’s law into the laboratory of life. We are applying God’s law to various situations and proving/demonstrating the law that Jesus lived — God’s law of harmony and wellbeing.
Check out this article by Laurance Doyle which talks more about this: "Scientists Of Reality"
What are some ways your students have been proving God’s law this week?

P.S.S.T. for Responsive Reading

How does it feel to bless and praise God? Praising God makes us feel uplifted, joyous, and expectant of good! We have a beautiful hymn all about praising God no matter what is going on in life!

Praise the creator. Let all within me sing!
For that's what I am made to do,
and goodness [courage, comfort, stillness] it will bring.
For that's what we are made to do,
let all the earth now sing!
(Christian Science Hymnal, No. 595)

P.S.S.T. for Section 1 – God is unchanging Love

“God is the source of good, and of good only. Every good gift and every perfect gift . . . comes from Him, who is the creator of the sun, moon, and stars. But, while they change and vary, and, as they revolve, are sometimes in shadow, He is always the same.” (Dummelow, John Roberts, ed. A Commentary on the Holy Bible by Various Writers.)

Which synonym does this passage (citation B3/ James 1:16, 17) remind you of? What are some ways that we can combine synonyms — such as Love and Principle — to gain a firmer, clearer sense of God’s omnipresent Love?

“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” (cit. B4, Genesis 1:31) “The English adjective good falls short of expressing the scope of the Hebrew tôv, which can signify beautiful, joyful, loving, pleasant, delightful, and more.” (Bible Lens Research, Christian Science Sentinel) What are the qualities your class is made of? Can each student write a list of qualities he/she expresses that come from God? Explore a great list of qualities posted online as a resource for Sunday School teachers at the www.christianscience.com website. See this list as a pdf file that is Downloadable at the upper right of the online version of these PSST.

God, Spirit, alone created all, and called it good.” (citation S1/ SH p. 339)
If God created all, could anything that is not good live in God’s universe?
How can this help us deny suggestions of discord?

“Everything in God's universe expresses Him.” (cit. S2/ SH, p. 331) Have your students prayed for the earth — insects, animals and trees? Check out a healing of a tree restored to life in this recent article: The healing power of oneness

P.S.S.T. for Section 2 – Our true nature as children of God

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (I John 3:1 NIV)

How does this statement and knowing that we are “born of God” (cit. B5/ I John 3:1, 7, 9) help us to overcome limiting suggestions?

What does “sin” mean to your students? What are some ways to make this word practical and meaningful today?

How did Jesus respond to the woman taken in adultery (cit. B7/ John 8:1–11)?
Did he condemn her and think she was a terrible person? Why or why not?
Why do you think her accusers “convicted by their own conscience” beginning with the eldest? Notice that Jesus didn’t berate them either! He simply prayed and was led to the right words to say that helped the situation resolve quickly and effectively for everyone.
Have you ever prayed to have the right words to dispel a tricky situation?

Bible Lens portrays it this way: One commentary explains: “That authority should be based on sympathy, that its aim should be to reclaim the criminal and the sinner, never entered their heads. They conceived of their function as giving them the right . . . to watch for every mistake and every deviation from the law, and to descend on [transgressors] with savage and unforgiving punishment; they never dreamed that it might lay upon them the obligation to cure the wrongdoer.” Jesus’ response exposes the officials’ heartless attitude toward sinners and illustrates the power of Christ to correct and heal sin.

P.S.S.T. for Section 3 — Harmony — the universal law of God

How do you “choose good as the reality?” (cit. S15/ SH, p. 480) How does one hide the other? Are there photos or videos you could share of water vapor dissipation in the sun? What a great visual metaphor Mary Baker Eddy gives us here.

“…harmony is universal, and discord is unreal.” (cit. S14/ SH, p. 414) Since harmony is universal, is there any place where harmony cannot be? Is harmony in China? Is harmony on Mars? Yes, God’s law of harmony is always operating everywhere so we can’t ever be separated from God’s law of harmony!

P.S.S.T. for Section 4 — Divine Love supplies all good

“…in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.” (cit. S17/ SH p. 494)
How do your students demonstrate that in every hour divine Love is present, supplying all good?
Is God’s love only there during breakfast and then leaves while they are at school?
How can they take the feeling of God’s love and presence with them moment by moment throughout their day? Perhaps exploring Mary Baker Eddy’s article “Improve your time” in Miscellaneous Writings could be helpful.

There are many healings in the periodicals of overcoming sight difficulties including this recent article A different kind of defiance. Here is an excerpt:
“I realized that true sight isn’t physical. It is spiritual, and found intact in God. God is all-seeing, and my role as God’s offspring is to express God’s, Spirit’s, divine, permanently perfect, spiritual quality of sight.”
What do eyes symbolize and represent in the Glossary of Science and Health?
How can this help us see the real meaning of sight?

What are some important points Mary Baker Eddy gives us for healing in citations S19-S21?
Perhaps make a list of them together and see how they can help your students demonstrate Christian Science.

P.S.S.T. for Section 5 – Life without fear

How does knowing that God is your life free you from fear? “…God alone is man's life.” (cit. S22/ p. 203)
See if your students can paraphrase this story with Paul (cit. B20/ Acts 14). How did the disciples help him? What are some other ways Paul was persecuted and overcame this persecution? What qualities do you think he expressed? Perhaps check out a map and explore the cities and journey where he traveled.

How do you think Paul was able to say that nothing could separate him from the love of God? What does Mary Baker Eddy describe as the role of spiritual sense vs. material sense in the passage S27/ SH p. 303?

P.S.S.T. for Section 6 – God’s mothering love comforts us

“As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you;” (cit. B24/ Isaiah 66:13) How does thinking of God as our Mother help and comfort us? What are some qualities of God as Mother we can think of that can help us feel closer to God? Jesus gave us a wonderful sense of God as Father and Mary Baker Eddy gave us this beautiful sense of God as Mother so we have a whole, complete sense of Deity.

“…finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.” (cit. S30/ SH p. 264) How can we strive to find “all” in God, good? How does prayer help us to do this? Explore the article called Angels in Miscellaneous Writings for some more useful ideas on finding all in God.

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