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[PSST: Quench thirst in Life divine! (GT) Swiftly Flap! (No “feeble fluttering”, 4)]

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

Life

for January 9-15, 2017

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS

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P.S.S.T. Golden Text (GT) – In thinking about the word “thirsteth” in the Golden Text, one might consider the questions, “What are my desires, about God; about knowing God?” Look to Science & Health 1: 11 to see what Mary Baker Eddy says about desires being linked to prayers, and the results. What does it mean to thirst for something – for knowledge, for success, for happiness and joy, for friendship, for companionship, for health? Where does the Golden Text point us to have that thirst quenched?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Do you love God, the living God? What does the Psalmist tell us of reasons to love God found in the Responsive Reading?

  • He hath inclined (listened) to me
  • Gracious is the Lord
  • Righteous; yea…
  • Our God is merciful
  • Delivered my soul from death
  • Mine eyes from tears
  • My feet from falling

See also Isaiah 65: 24 for the assurance of the living God as ever listening and responding.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – What does it mean to you that God is a living God? B2. Because God is a living God, what is the corollary for you as God’s expression? B3. God holds us in life as alive now and forever. Now here is the kicker in citation S2: God is the only life. What is the result in citation S3? God lengthens our days. Ask students what they consider aspects or qualities of Life they are presently experiencing? Look for a few descriptors in citation S4: wisdom, loveliness, goodness, all bestowed by the living God forever to His living and forever creation.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – Since God preserves man and beast, read the Bible story in citation B5. Who were preserved in this story? Daniel, the lions, the King, all people and nations that dwell in all the earth. Is it God’s desire that any of his creatures should perish? What then is the result for every sinning, suffering, dying belief? S7. Read together citation S8. What are the questions to be considered? Because of the fact that God is Life forever, Daniel and we can experience what? S9.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – Do you desire (thirst for) happiness, wisdom, understanding, health, ways that are pleasant, paths of peace? Are these bonafide or credible desires? What was Nicodemus’ desire in citation B7? What does it mean to be born again? Do you thirst for the true God and eternal life as he did? Remember SH 1: 11 and then read citation S13. In order for your capabilities to be revealed, they must already exist. Do not be duped into the false beliefs of dissolution as stated in citation S14. Why? See what citation S15 states. What does coexistence mean? Read together Hymn 8 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below). Now read Hymn 7 (below). In both instances is the assurance that God abides with us. Now where did we hear that before in this Lesson? Hint – Daniel, Daniel, Daniel.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Can you by searching the Scriptures and Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures find God, find all about God? Do you desire (thirst) for this? Citation S16 tells us that ignorance won’t get us there. See what Mary Baker Eddy tells us on page 495: 25-19 of Science and Health. Citation S19 states how we can go about this task. What is the opposite of a feeble fluttering? A strong swift flapping of our wings. What happens to a bird when feeble fluttering turns into swift flapping? It rises, and so will we.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – We are not alone. God, Life, satisfies our longings. Read together citation B11. Because Paul walked like you walk in the land of the living, in the land of the living God, what did he accomplish in citation B12? Is this just a good story? Or, when untoward situations confront, you are already prepared. See citations S21 and S24. These are both excellent memorization opportunities. What is the nature of your relationship to God as stated in citation S25, lines 32-5? What was the result of Mary Baker Eddy’s clarity that God, Life, is eternal? S27.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – What was a key reason why Jesus Christ came to humanity? B15. Think about that word “abundantly”. That is no small matter. Use it with your swift flapping! Here is another excellent memorization opportunity to anchor and summarize this Lesson: SH 495: 13.

You are one with Life. Now live.

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Hymn 8:

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide. When other helpers fail, and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour; What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power? Who like Thyself my guide and stay can be? Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless; Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness; Where is death’s sting? where, grave, thy victory? I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hymn 7:

Abide with me; fast breaks the morning light; Our daystar rises, banishing all night; Thou art our strength, O Truth that maketh free, We would unfailingly abide in Thee.

I know no fear, with Thee at hand to bless, Sin hath no power and life no wretchedness; Health, hope and love in all around I see For those who trustingly abide in Thee.

I know Thy presence every passing hour, I know Thy peace, for Thou alone art power; O Love divine, abiding constantly, I need not plead, Thou dost abide with me.

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