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[PSST: Seek the Christ light to remove all claims of darkness!]

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

Doctrine of Atonement

for April 10-16, 2017

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS 314-308-1059

P.S.S.T. Golden Text – Ask students what they know about the life of Jesus. Review the second part of the Golden Text. As the light of the world, what did Jesus show to mankind that removes us from darkness? What light of truth might be applied to the following claims of darkness?

  • Sin
  • Sickness
  • Disease
  • Death
  • Poverty
  • Want
  • War
  • Envy

Where did Jesus tell his followers, and that includes us, to go to find the light of truth to remove these claims of darkness?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Once again Jesus points us to his Father and our Father to find solutions, answers to any problems we might face. Do you believe that you have the same Father that Jesus claimed and referred to? Read together the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. What two words begin this prayer and serve to unite all mankind? Our Father. Is anyone left out? What about those who claim to be non-believers or call Our Father by a name other than God? Can one name only identify and define God? When we ask Our Father in this prayer to forgive us our debts, what do you think that means? What does it have to do with removing darkness from our lives so we can see the truth about ourselves and our fellow human beings?

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – Jesus identifies himself as who in relationship to Our Father? B1. What did Jesus say was his mission to humankind? Jesus’ prayers and his works were not only for his disciples but for who else? B5. In citation B4 Jesus declared he was not alone. Why? What works do we have to do that Jesus showed us how to do? Look to the seal on the cover of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. In citation S2, Mary Baker Eddy states that “Jesus aided in reconciling man to God…” What does reconcile mean? Restore, bring into harmony, return to favor. Is that also a part of light removing darkness and showing forth who each of us is? Read all of citation S2. What darkness is stated there that is overcome with the light of Love? Mary Baker Eddy also calls this light the law of Love. The ultimate of this divine law of Love is to show that we are one with God, one with Our Father.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – As the son of God, why did Jesus permit himself to go through the trials outlined in the Bible portion of this section? As the son of God, couldn’t he have avoided them? Since he came as a light to us, what about these trials overcome serve as an example for us? S7, S9, S12. Are any burdens or hardships you have equal to what Jesus overcame? Remember, Jesus allowed his life experiences to serve as an example of what we can accomplish as one with the Father.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – This section continues the story of what Jesus accomplished when bringing light to the world. He had helpers. Who were helpers mentioned in this section? Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. B9. Jesus would have known the Psalms from what we now call the Old Testament. Read a portion of Psalm 139 in citation B10. The tomb where they put the body of Jesus could be considered a dark place, but the Psalm says “the night shall be light about me.” This statement is further expressed in the first part of that Psalm stated in citation B10. The declaration is clear that none of us can ever be separated from God, Our Father, in whom is no darkness and we are one with Him. So what was Jesus doing in the tomb following his crucifixion? S14. Read together citations S15 and S16. These are powerful statements of truth as light, showing how we can overcome every suggestion of darkness as we mentioned in the Golden Text portion of this Lesson. Now read together citation S13. What does this statement tell us about the transformative nature of infinite Spirit? You, as one with God, Our Father, can triumph over what?

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Do you believe that God raised the dead? B11. Read together citation B12. Who was another helper of Jesus listed here? Mary Magdalene. What did Mary do after she saw the resurrected Jesus? How important is it for us to tell the story of Jesus? How important is it for us to testify to our also being one with God? Ask students to write out a testimony to share on Wednesday evening about their sense of being one with God. Refer again to the seal of the cover of Science and Health. What does the symbol of the cross and crown represent? The crucifixion and the resurrection. Can these also be symbolic of the darkness overcome with the light? How many resurrections can you have in your life? You are not restricted to one. Every limitation overcome, sin destroyed, sickness healed is a resurrection. Read also citation S21.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Are you a disciple of Jesus Christ? Are you one with God, one in Christ? B16. Are you working out this unity in your daily life? S26. Read together Hymn 88 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below).

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Can you be considered a believer in the life and works of Christ Jesus? How would someone observing you know that you are a believer? Citation S29 is a good example. Read also citation S30, lines 24-27.

The Christian world is focused this week on what is referred to as Holy Week, beginning with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, through his Last Supper with his disciples, through his trial, crucifixion, and time in the tomb, culminating in his resurrection as the triumph over death, over what some consider the ultimate darkness overcome with the ultimate light.

From what you have learned in this Lesson, please share what you see as the power of light or our oneness with God in your life. If seen or demonstrated in your life, can it also be beneficial to all humankind? Indeed what cannot God do? Read citation S31.


Hymn 88:

Gracious Spirit, dwell with me: I myself would gracious be, And with words that help and heal Would Thy life in mine reveal; And with actions bold and meek Christ’s own gracious spirit speak.

Truthful Spirit, dwell with me: I myself would truthful be, And with wisdom kind and clear Let Thy life in mine appear; And with actions brotherly Follow Christ’s sincerity.

Mighty Spirit, dwell with me: I myself would mighty be, Mighty, that I may prevail Where unaided man must fail; Ever by triumphant hope Pressing on and bearing up.

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