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PSST: Pay attention to the spiritual! (1)
top evaluating others from a human point of view. (4)]
[PLUS Section 3 Monologue link & Section 4 Transfiguration Poem Download (below)]
Possible Sunday School Topics
for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Mortals and Immortals”
for November 12-18, 2018

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
pegasus6524@gmail.com 314-308-1059

P.S.S.T. Golden Text –What is God’s will for the people of the world? Although you live in this world at present, what are you thinking about to show forth what is good in it? Does how you see your environment, friends, and fellow humans have impact on your and their daily experiences?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Are you seeing yourselves and others from only one perspective? What happens when you change your vantage point? Think about what you see when you look at a rainbow. Does it appear as a semi-circle from horizon to horizon? What if you saw it from 20,000 feet above? How would it appear? As a full circle. Why? Because of its reflecting light from the sun with no blind spot for you – that is, no impediment or something blocking your view. How does this example help when thinking about seeing partially or seeing fully? How might you apply this example to help further understand this passage in the Responsive Reading: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known” (I Cor. 13:12). How would you wish others to see/view you? As one-dimensional or with multiple qualities?

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – What is your basis for declaring and seeing yourself and others as spiritual? Citation B1.

How does seeing yourself and others as spiritual versus material impact what you pay attention to? Citation B3

What aid do you have to assist with such seeing? Citation B3, verse 16

Read together Hymn 108 from the Christian Science Hymnal:

“Here, O my Lord, I’d see Thee face to face; Here would I touch and handle things unseen; Here grasp with firmer hand th’ eternal grace, And all my weariness upon Thee lean.

“Here would I feed upon the bread of God; Here drink anew the royal wine of heaven; Here would I lay aside each earthly load, Here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiven.

“And as we rise, the symbols disappear; The feast, though not the love, is past and gone; The bread and wine remove, but Thou art here, Nearer than ever, still my shield and sun.

“Feast after feast thus comes and passes by; Yet passing, points to the glad feast above, Giving sweet foretaste of the festal joy, The Lamb’s great bridal feast of bliss and love.”

Pay particular attention to the 3rd verse. Are you based on Spirit or physicality? Citation S3.

How does/can the study of Christian Science serve as an aid to seeing your and others’ perfect self? Citation S7.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – How is the statement in Citation B5 (Psalms 37:23) – “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way” – serve as an aid in providing protection to you and others as you go about your day; providing protection from those who might do you harm? You need not be afraid to be about your business every step of the way.

How was Elijah’s way prepared for him in the story in Citation B6? How did his friend Elisha also benefit?

What is the spiritual definition of Elias in Citation S9? Pay particular attention to this phrase …”Christian Science, with which can be discerned the spiritual fact of whatever the material senses behold… (SH 585).

Like Elijah and Elisha, what can you also see when you utilize your spiritual sense to view the world? Citation S12.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – Did Jesus ask how long the man in the story in Citation B8 had a withered hand? Why or why not? [Hear a great monologue by Ken Cooper from the perspective of the man’s lifelong friend at https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=6CStngXPuWc]

Read together Citation S13. What is real to you: Spirit or matter (the physical), Truth or error, a good man or an evil one, a universe governed by the laws of God or governed by selfish humans? What has power in your life?

See the statement of fact in Citation S17, “…man is immortal and lives by divine authority” (SH 76). You can use this statement to challenge any negative suggestion about your experiences: “By whose authority do you come and make such a claim?”

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – What was the key message heard by Peter, James, and John at Jesus’ transfiguration in the story in Citation B9? – “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.” The transfiguration of Jesus revealed to his disciples Jesus’ true nature. [You can download Ken Cooper’s poem about the transfiguration called "God and Man Are One" by clicking on Download in the upper right of CedarS online version of the PS additions by Warren, or the online version of the actual Met.]

How does the passage from II Corinthians in Citation B11 (5:16) serve as a guide for our own seeing/viewing ourselves and our fellow humans? Here is how the New Living Translation states this passage: “So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!”

What is the great spiritual fact that is the basis for this week’s Lesson? Citation S20: “The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man is, not shall be perfect and immortal” (SH 428).

What is the Christian Science view of the world and all mankind as stated in Citation S23? Please read it together.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – As you pray each day to see what is God’s will for the people of the world, that understanding will change your point of view. Read Citation S28 for a clear statement of the result of such understanding.

Read together Hymn 64 from the Christian Science Hymnal:

“From sense to Soul my pathway lies before me, From mist and shadow into Truth’s clear day; The dawn of all things real is breaking o’er me, My heart is singing: I have found the way.

“I reach Mind’s open door, and at its portal I know that where I stand is holy ground; I feel the calm and joy of things immortal, The loveliness of Love is all around.

“The way leads upward and its goal draws nearer, Thought soars enraptured, fetterless and free; The vision infinite to me grows clearer, I touch the fringes of eternity.”

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Having studied this Lesson, you can be assured, be confident, in what you have learned about God’s will for the people of the world and like Hebrews 4 states in verse 2, “For unto us was the gospel preached”….

And you can also rest as stated in verse 9, “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.”

Amen and Amen.

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