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[PSST: Prepare for peace in our time! Remove all impediments to it!]
Possible Sunday School Topics
by Merrill Boudreaux, CS, for the

Christian Science Bible Lesson: Matter – September 15-21, 2014

P.S.S.T.  Golden Text – Let us think and pray with this lesson on how to prepare for peace in our time.  What shall we cast up or cast off that may be a stumbling block to peace?  Ask students, what do they understand peace to look like?  Also, what do they consider impediments to peace?

P.S.S.T.  Responsive Reading – Does God, good, dwell with us?  To whom does God enable peace to come or to be present?  Your household, your school, your community, your country, your world.  What is the word of God, or truth of God, that can support your desire for peace, that delivers you from destruction?  See Psalm 119:165:  “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

P.S.S.T.  Section 1 – What are the weapons of our warfare that lead to peace?  What is to be cast out?  Where does the battle go on?  See Micah 4:2-4:

   “And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

   “And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

   “But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.”

What did the people [Joshua & the Israelites at the walls of Jericho] use for their salvation in citation B3?  How different is that approach, and yet with success?  What shall you shout?  Maybe, “Our God is all-in-all, the Father of all, who comes with an olive branch.”

P.S.S.T.  Section 2 – What are God’s promises to you in citation B4?  [“I will be with thee… I will strengthen thee… help thee…”] From what belief do you need to be awakened?  Fear, anger, greed, covetousness, lack of power?  Can you envision peace?  If so, what does it look like?  See again Psalm 119:165. [“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing…”]

P.S.S.T.  Section 3 – Are you disconsolate or depressed about the state of world affairs, school affairs, personal affairs?  See a prayer treatment in Psalm 42:11 and 42:8. [B8 Below: “Why art thou cast down… hope thou in God…”]  Does it matter how long the problem has persisted? [18 years in B10]  What must we forsake in our search for healing, for peace? S18.

Psalm 42:11 (in part B8):  “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”

Psalm 42:8:  “Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.”

P.S.S.T.  Section 4 – What shall you obey?  See Joshua 24:15, 16:

   “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

   “And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods;”

How do you go about doing this? [S21, “Mentally insist that harmony…”]  Is evil or harmony the fact?  Is war or peace the fact?  Is truth or error the fact?  Choose ye whom you will serve.

P.S.S.T.  Section 5 – Turn away from idols or false gods.  What is the first idol? S22.  From faith in matter or belief that matter exists and is as powerful or more powerful than Spirit, God, Truth, comes discord, inharmony, the desire for medicine or a sword.  On what does the Christian Science system of Mind-healing rest? S24.  Read aloud together Luke 22:47-51:

   “And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.

   “But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?

   “When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?

   “And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.

   “And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.”

Even when being taken to be tried and crucified, Jesus couldn’t help but heal.  This is a model for us.

P.S.S.T.  Section 6 – What is the standard we Christian Scientists must lift up in thought, even before the world sees or acknowledges it? [B18 and B19]  A quiet habitation, a tabernacle housing the Ten Commandments, not one of our stakes or six Tenets shall be taken down, no cord (harmony) shall be turned into discord (inharmony). B19.  What kind of river or channel of thought do you desire to possess?  See “River” in Science & Health 593:14-17:

“River.  Channel of thought.
     “When smooth and unobstructed, it typifies the course of Truth; but muddy, foaming, and dashing, it is a type of error.”

In what kingdom shall we dwell?  Pray together the Daily Prayer from the Church Manual of The Mother Church, page 41:21-25:

“Daily Prayer. Sect. 4.  It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to pray each day: ‘Thy kingdom come;’ let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin; and may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!”

Conclude with reading together Hymn 160 from the Christian Science Hymnal (poem by Mary Baker Eddy):
“It matters not what be thy lot, So Love doth guide; For storm or shine, pure peace is thine, Whate’er betide.

   And of these stones, or tyrants’ thrones, God able is To raise up seed—in thought and deed—To faithful His.

   Aye, darkling sense, arise, go hence! Our God is good. False fears are foes—truth tatters those, When understood.

   Love looseth thee, and lifteth me, Ayont hate’s thrall: There Life is light, and wisdom might, And God is All.

   The centuries break, the earth-bound wake, God’s glorified! Who doth His will—His likeness still—Is satisfied.”

 

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