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[PSST: Ponder God’s promises & being well pleased with you! (3)]

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

Mortals and Immortals” — May 9-15, 2016

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS

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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – An interesting statement is imbedded in the Golden Text. Not only do we reach out to God but more importantly God reaches out to us. God extends Good’s hand to us.

Read together Malachi 3:10 (King James Version – KJV):

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

Ask students how they are feeling blessed now.

Since Good is pouring out to us, Love is pouring out to us, Life is pouring out to us. What aspects of my daily activities are declaring God with me?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Do you know God? Do you know Jesus Christ? Do you call yourself a Christian? Why? What are the declarations in the Responsive Reading as to why Jesus came and what he gave to us and all mankind as evidence of God with us? Are you a disciple who walks with the Christ? What does life eternal provide for all mankind and me?

  • Knowledge of God and Jesus Christ
  • That they which see not might see
  • Shall never hunger
  • To do the will of him that sent me
  • Hath everlasting life
  • He shall live forever

These promises are uniquely individual but not exclusive; all are included. Read together Hymn 135 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below).

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – In citation B-2 is the statement, “I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause.” This may be a statement of assurance that our prayers of petition will be answered. Isaiah 65:24 puts it this way: “…before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”

Ask students to write out a prayer of petition. Help them understand this does not mean asking God for stuff, for more material things. Perhaps use Science & Health 4:3-5 as guidance.

Read also citations S-4 and S-5. Would you like to “…behold and understand God’s creation, — all the glories of earth and heaven and man”? This is an excellent prayer of petition. Therefore, do you seek to know yourself and all mankind as mortal or immortal? What would be the result of the knowledge of man as immortal? See SH 264:3.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – As we gain the more correct view of God and man, what will be the result? B-7. Doing good to all mankind means thinking good about them, seeing good in them, and removing any thought of man as anything but immortal. This you must do first – before expecting the same in return. What do many religions accept as a powerful statement of thinking and acting in citation B-8? Why do you think this is called “The Golden Rule”?

What is the healing recorded in citation B-9? Abundance, enough, good for all. Ask students to write out another prayer of petition around this idea of abundance, abundant good, for all mankind to see. What can be the result?

See SH 340:23-29. Can, does, when will God’s Kingdom come on earth? Can you trust that it can, will? S-8.

Read together Hymn 204 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below). Because you know this in advance of others what are you called upon to do? S-9. Yes, it does begin with you!

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What promise did God make to Abraham in citation B-11? See also citation B-9. Are you an heir of Abraham? You, too, have received the promise. What is that promise? See Matthew 3:16,17.

Ponder for a moment that God is well pleased with you, and all mankind. How long will this promise endure? This promise is the wheat that you wish to gather into your barn, into your consciousness. This promise is a necessary consequence of God, Good, knowing you as His immortal idea, permanent idea, without blemish or imperfection of any kind. Is this also true for all mankind? Any other belief is the tare that is to be rooted out of consciousness and burned.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Are you a disciple of Jesus? What is the promise for you in citation B-16? Freedom, no death. How did Jesus give evidence of this truth in citation B-17?

As a class, look through recent Christian Science Sentinels and Christian Science Journals to read of real-time healings. How are these healings evidence of man as immortal? Read together citations S-17, S-18 and S-22.

How does Christian Science serve as a witness of man’s immortality?

Read also Hymn 34 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below). This is a promise.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What are the promises in citation B-20?

  • We are heavenly
  • We bear the image of the heavenly (remember God is well pleased with us)
  • We must put on incorruption
  • We must put on immortality
  • Death is swallowed up in victory

When you are tempted to believe in mortality, pray citation B-22: “The eternal God is (my) refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms:”

Read together Hymn 53 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below).

What are the promises to you and all mankind in the Science and Health portion of this section? The immortal blessing from citation S-29 is upon you and all mankind: “Immortal spiritual man alone represents the truth of creation.”

Amen!

Hymn 135:

I know no life divided, O Lord of life, from Thee; In Thee is life provided For all mankind and me:

I know no death, O Father, Because I live in Thee; Thy life it is that frees us From death eternally.

I fear no tribulation, Since, whatsoe’er it be, It makes no separation Between my Lord and me:

Since Thou, my God and Father, Dost claim me as Thine own, I richly shall inherit All good, from Thee alone.

Hymn 204:

O Father, Thy kingdom is come upon earth, Thou rulest in all Thy creation; Thou sendest Thy witnesses, telling Thy worth, To call and entreat every nation, With news of Thy mighty salvation.

They lift up a light amid shadows of fear, And Love is Thy banner above them; No trouble shall touch them, no foes that appear Shall e’er from their loyalty move them; ’Tis Thou dost uphold and approve them.

They go in Thy strength, and they speak in Thy name, With power of Thy promise forth faring, And during the battle the victory claim, — Their trust in Thy truth is their daring, Salvation to all men declaring.

Hymn 34:

Christ comes again with holy power, To lift our blinded eyes to see; The sick are healed, the sinner blest, As on that eve in Galilee.

Once more the lonely heart is fed. Who dwells with Love hath perfect ease, Faith, hope, and joy are with us all; Great are companions such as these.

The weak and thirsty are refreshed, Again each empty cup is filled; The tender Christ is here to bless, And all the storms of earth are stilled.

In Truth there is no pain or death Nor any shades of coming night; The promise of our God still stands: At eventide it shall be light.

Hymn 53:

Everlasting arms of Love Are beneath, around, above; God it is who bears us on, His the arm we lean upon.

He our ever-present guide Faithful is, whate’er betide; Gladly then we journey on, With His arm to lean upon.

From earth’s fears and vain alarms Safe in His encircling arms, He will keep us all the way, God, our refuge, strength and stay.

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