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[PSST: Rejoice to “rest your gaze on the unsearchable realm of Mind” (1)
Possible Sunday School Topics (PSSTs)
for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson:

“Life”
for July 13-19, 2020

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text (GT) – Here are two bold statements.

What are they?

  • Our sufficiency is of God
  • The spirit giveth life

What does “sufficiency” mean? In all things? At all times?

Read Psalm 121:2-8 for another bold statement.

“2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.”

Need we look elsewhere for help, for our very life? It is important today to examine what and how we think about issues confronting us personally and our world collectively. Are we alone? Have we been abandoned? Did God give us life and then say, “Okay, now, you are on your own”?

Read John 14:18: “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading (RR) – Why do you think life and death are opposites?

  • Which came first? Life.
  • Which supersedes the other? Life.
  • Then choose life as did Hezekiah in the RR.

Is life eternal only a wishful idea? What does it mean to have a life sufficient to meet all needs? Read together Hymn 123 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words printed here):

Hymn 123

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word. What more can He say than to you He hath said, To you who to God for your refuge have fled:

Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed, For I am thy God, I will still give thee aid; I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand;

When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply; The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – What is the guidance given by Mary Baker Eddy in Citation S3 (Science & Health 264:7-8,15)?

Add to that the question in SH 264:9-10: “Where shall the gaze rest but in the unsearchable realm of Mind?”

Read also the direction as to aid our thinking in Citation S4 (SH 249:6-10): “Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine ‘powers that be’.”

Why is it important to consider life when facing any challenge or question?

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What is the question to be considered in Citation B6 (Isaiah 40:28,31)? If your Creator fainteth not, neither is weary, what does that mean for us? Can you ever be worn out, used up, fatigued?

What is the point of the scripture story in Citation B7 (Joshua 14:6-11)? Is age a limiter? If so, what age? 12, 18, 21, 40, 85, 100?

How more important is it to see God face-to-face, to see God as Life eternal? What then is Life? Citation S5 (SH 468:25-29). What role does time play in life?

Read together Citation S7 (SH 246:10-31). What is the command in SH 246:17(to.): “Never record ages”?

Does that mean birthdays only? What about transition periods – say, from elementary school to middle school, or high school to college, or with a change of career? How important is it to watch one’s thinking and grow in understanding rather than in physical size or education or work experience?

Read also SH 246:27-28, “Life is eternal. We should find this out, and begin the demonstration thereof.” Are you doing this?

Read also Hymn 218 in the Christian Science Hymnal (words printed here):

Hymn 218

O Life that maketh all things new, The blooming earth, the thoughts of men;

Our pilgrim feet, wet with Thy dew, In gladness hither turn again.

From hand to hand the greeting flows, From eye to eye the signals run,

From heart to heart the bright hope glows, The seekers of the Light are one:

One in the freedom of the truth, One in the joy of paths untrod,

One in the heart's perennial youth, One in the larger thought of God;—

The freer step, the fuller breath, The wide horizon's grander view;

The sense of Life that knows no death,— The Life that maketh all things new.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What are the words or statements of comfort in the scriptures in this section? Are you governed by God? If so, you fit in the statement in Citation S9 (SH 215:12-21): “Whatever is governed by God, is never for an instant deprived of the light and might of intelligence and Life.”

Read also Romans 8:35,37-39:

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Have you considered the lilies of the field or the birds of the air (Citation B14, Matthew 6:28)? What do the lilies and birds teach us? See again Citation B6 (Isaiah 40:28,31). Who cares for the lilies and the birds, who feeds them, who shelters them, who helps them grow? How then are we like lilies and birds?

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Read the question in Citations S17 (SH 54), line 8: “Who is ready to follow his teaching and example?” Are you? How can we do this? What teaching or example of Jesus are you ready and willing to follow? The Sermon on the Mount, especially the Beatitudes, or the Lord’s Prayer, or his healings, or demonstrations of Life eternal?

Read Citation S19 (SH 10:15): “Spiritual attainments open the door to a higher understanding of the divine Life.”

How can we increase in spiritual attainments? Read SH 495:25-8.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – What did Paul prove in the scripture story in B18 (Acts 28:3-9)? How does this story show we need not be guided by what others are thinking about any circumstance, even an epidemic, a pandemic, or deserved punishment?

Please read what Mary Baker Eddy tells us in Citation S22 (SH 390:12) – Dispute, destroy, suffer no claim, dismiss, by divine authority – are key words or phrases in that citation. What are you then left with? Life eternal!

Let that take possession of human consciousness as stated in Citation S23 (SH 355:11).

P.S.S.T. Section 7 – Read the fitting conclusion to this lesson in Citation B21 (Deut. 30:20): “…he is thy life, and the length of thy days.”

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