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[PSST: Restore harmony with a right understanding of God. (S6)]

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

“God”

for June 26-July 2, 2017

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS

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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – How comprehensive and all-inclusive is God? What do the words deep and wide mean when referring to God’s wisdom, knowledge, and glory as stated in the Golden Text?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Ask students to complete the phrase, “God is like….” Example: God is like the wind. We can’t see the wind, but we see and feel its presence, its effects.

Since we can’t use the physical senses to reveal God to us, what do we use to see, hear, feel God in our lives? God reveals God’s self by Spirit. Do you have the spirit of God in your life? You may refer to it as intuition, or gut feeling, or it just feels right, when you make decisions. What does the Responsive Reading tell us of how to cultivate knowing God and feeling God’s presence? How does God delight in you and all that God creates? See verse 24 in the Responsive Reading. Read together Hymn 207 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below).

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – There is a good memorization opportunity in citation B2. Read together Mary Baker Eddy’s definition of God in citation S1. How can you apply this definition to your daily life and activities? Remember, what is true about God is also true about you, God’s reflection. What can help you discern God’s nature? See the definition of spiritual sense in citation S4. This is a Christian Science prayer treatment – you are ever conscious or aware, and right now have the capacity to understand God. God is not hidden from you but is revealed in all your thoughts and actions through spiritual sense. What is the powerful statement of the result of knowing God in citation S5? Life eternal. See another result in citation S6, “…the right understanding of Him restores harmony.”

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What is a command in citation B6 to aid in your knowing God? “Be still…” What does Daniel’s seeing the King’s secrets revealed in a night vision mean? Might it mean that consciousness never sleeps, is ever active? Cultivate being still. Ask students to practice quiet listening by being silent for a full minute. During that minute they may ask God a question, or offer a prayer of petition or affirmation, and listen for an answer. Why is this so? S10. This activity of quiet listening is not a game, but is ‘God with us’, speaking to us, answering our questions, revealing God’s thoughts to us. See the definition of Angels in Science & Health, p.581:4.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What is the prayer of petition in citation B9? Ask students to take that prayer of petition and re-state it as a prayer of affirmation.

Example: “Open thou mine eyes…” changed to, “My eyes are open. I can and do see (discern) God in my life today and always. God is never hidden from me. I am one with Her.”

What is the covenant or contract God made and makes with the house of Israel in citation B11? How does that include you?

See the definition of Children of Israel in S&H, p.583:5. What is another action of God as Love stated in citation S13? What does “impartial and universal” mean? There is another memorization opportunity in citation S14. Claim for yourself that you can never be dispossessed of every idea you need. Why? S15.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – What is another prayer of affirmation in citation B12? Read together Hymn 224 in the Christian Science Hymnal (below). What in this hymn are prayers of affirmation?

Read together the Bible story in citation B13. How does this story express the presence of God in Jesus’ acts? What does the word “blameless” mean in citation B14? If indeed man is blameless, then need you ever look for a cause outside of God, Good, Love? See Proverbs 26:2 (the).

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What is Jesus’ guidance for us in citation B15? Since “it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom,” what can you expect? See the definition of “Heaven” in S&H, p.587:25, and “Kingdom of Heaven” in S&H, p.590:1. What did Jesus say of you as a child of God in citation S24? There is another good memorization opportunity in citation S24, lines 32-5. Why memorize certain Bible passages or statements from Science & Health? They are for our guidance and aid in receptivity and active quiet listening and assurance in a time of need. See also the benefit of letting the kingdom of heaven reign within us in citation S26.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – What is the command and a prayer of affirmation in citation B20? After studying this Lesson, ask students to state their reasons for praising God as in citation B21. What is the result when nations come to God? B22. Is that just a wishful thought or is it a truth you can affirm every day? See the correlative statement in S&H in S28. Read together citation S29. What is the result of having One God in our lives, relying on that One God, and seeing that One God as ever and now present?

P.S.S.T. Section 7 – Read together Hymn 10 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below). What is a commitment you can make to God as stated in citation B23? Mary Baker Eddy tells us in citation S30 that we can do this step by step. Ask students to state what they understand of God as a result of studying this Lesson? Perhaps, God is revealed to me and all mankind in every step we take and Her love and goodness are mine and ours now and forever.

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Hymn 207:

O gentle presence, peace and joy and power; O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour, Thou Love that guards the nestling’s faltering flight! Keep Thou my child on upward wing tonight.

Love is our refuge; only with mine eye Can I behold the snare, the pit, the fall: His habitation high is here, and nigh, His arm encircles me, and mine, and all.

O make me glad for every scalding tear, For hope deferred, ingratitude, disdain! Wait, and love more for every hate, and fear No ill,—since God is good, and loss is gain.

Beneath the shadow of His mighty wing; In that sweet secret of the narrow way, Seeking and finding, with the angels sing: “Lo, I am with you alway,”—watch and pray.

No snare, no fowler, pestilence or pain; No night drops down upon the troubled breast, When heaven’s aftersmile earth’s tear-drops gain, And mother finds her home and heav’nly rest.

Hymn 224:

O Lord, I would delight in Thee, And on Thy care depend; To Thee in every trouble flee, My best, my ever Friend. When all material streams are dried, Thy fullness is the same; May I with this be satisfied, And glory in Thy name.

All good, where’er it may be found, Its source doth find in Thee; I must have all things and abound, While God is God to me. O that I had a stronger faith, To look within the veil, To credit what my Saviour saith, Whose word can never fail.

He that has made my heaven secure, Will here all good provide; While Christ is rich, can I be poor? What can I want beside? O God, I cast my care on Thee; I triumph and adore; Henceforth my great concern shall be To love and praise Thee more.

Hymn 10:

All power is given unto our Lord, On Him we place reliance; With truth from out His sacred word We bid our foes defiance. With Him we shall prevail, Whatever may assail; He is our shield and tower, Almighty is His power; His kingdom is forever.

Rejoice, ye people, praise His name, His care doth e’er surround us. His love to error’s thralldom came, And from its chains unbound us. Our Lord is God alone, No other power we own; No other voice we heed, No other help we need; His kingdom is forever.

O then give thanks to God on high, Who life to all is giving; The hosts of death before Him fly, In Him we all are living. Then let us know no fear, Our King is ever near; Our stay and fortress strong, Our strength, our hope, our song; His kingdom is forever.

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