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[PSST: Seek “wisdom, knowledge, and joy” and express them daily! (GT)
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Christian Science”
for December 29, 2019

By Tom and Amy Evans, former staff members (now of St. Louis) & big fans of CedarS

P.S.S.T. for Golden Text

Do you think of wisdom, knowledge, and joy when you think of applying Christian Science? Look at the Golden Text. Are these the qualities you express and seek on a daily basis?

P.S.S.T. for Responsive Reading

This week included Christmas and we honor and celebrate the birth of Christ. Think about the verses from Isaiah in the Responsive Reading. How are we to appreciate and act on what Jesus showed us? Isaiah speaks of light and darkness and understanding, as well as seeing how God works, exposing his holy arm. The theme of witnessing God at work, seeing the works first hand is repeated in the lesson, particularly in citation B22 from 1 John.

P.S.S.T. for Section 1 – Discovery and Demonstration of Christian Science

Why is the mouth of a righteous man a well of understanding (B3)?

Later in Proverbs (B5) the writer advocates for equality explaining that a righteous woman should be able to keep the fruits of her own labor (just like a man). Why do righteousness and wisdom bring power (when aligned with God, with Truth). Citation B6 continues with the same theme: “The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.”

Ask your class, if you had to sum up what Christian Science does in a sentence or two, what would you say? Let them write their ideas down. Look as citation S1 after they share their answers.

Talk with your class about Mary Baker Eddy as the “Discoverer and Founder” of Christian Science, not its inventor or some other term.

  • What does Mary Baker Eddy mean by discovering these rules of healing?
  • Is Truth less effective 2000 years after Christ Jesus applied them?
  • Are the rules of Christian healing only available for certain people?

P.S.S.T. for Section 2 – Herod, Miracles

Why is King Herod so interested in knowing about Isaiah’s prophecy of a ruler over Israel? (Concerned about his own position of power and his lineage). Have you ever felt guided to do something like the wisemen were with the star leading them to baby Jesus (B10)?
How do you know when a message is from God?

Discuss why Jesus being human made him an approachable example.

  • (If Jesus could understand, be pure. Heal, etc., we can too as obedient Children of God)
  • (All of the same pressures of life were distractions / challenges for Jesus, yet he demonstrated God's power)

Look at citation S11. What is a miracle? Why are miracles impossible? (Blessings, miracles, signs, etc. are witnessing / demonstrating what is already abundant in God's creation) What does Mary Baker Eddy mean that "Science is an explication of nature?" The next citation from Science and Health is S12, "The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love." (Discuss the fact that we do not discount miraculous activities. Rather, as Christian Scientists we have an expectation that they will take place when we know how God, Love operates.)

P.S.S.T. for Section 3 – Young Jesus, getting closer or turning away

Why is it such a big deal that 12-year-old Jesus talking on the same level as the most educated members of society in the Temple?

How is the “science of creation so conspicuous in the birth of Jesus?”

Explain “The Science Jesus taught and lived” (B15).

  • What did this look like?
  • What can it look like for us today? In your life?

Read citation S16 (S&H 323:28-4). Define “disposition”. What is the ultimate harmony? If we all experience a little of both listening to the still, small voice and turning away on a daily basis, how can we find more ways to listen more effectively?

  • Discuss what it means to turn towards God’s messages. (listening and following, etc.)
  • What are some ways that you are willing to turn closer to the still, small voice this week?
  • (Teachers: These questions can be deeply personal and might be better off left as rhetorical questions or something your students can think about individually. You don’t want to pressure your pupils into an answer. Use your best judgment.)

What does it mean in citation S18 that God has set his signet upon Science? (ring with a wax seal used by kings / officials to approve something / sign it in their name.) This is a cool visual.

P.S.S.T. for Section 4 – Wisdom, word of Christ Feeding the 5,000

Citation B13. Consider the way Jesus was thinking about supply before he fed the 5,000 Men in addition to the women and children in the crowd on the hills of Galilee.

In citation B14 Jesus informs his disciples that whatever they ask God for in his name, will be given to them.
Citation B15 instructs us to “Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly in all wisdom”

  • How do you know when you are asking for the right thing?
  • Do you think Jesus prayed, “God take this basket of bread and fish and make it turn into more baskets of food” or something about recognizing the supply God has already provided for something else? How would you pray in a situation which appears to be lacking supply? Look back as citations S11 and S12.
  • What does spiritual insight and divine wisdom have to do with supplying food for the multitudes?

P.S.S.T. for Section 5

Discuss the statements made by Jesus in citations B16 and B17. How might it have felt to be a disciple and hear that you are not listening to Jesus’ commands and teachings, but those from God? How is it different 2000 years later? How is it the same?

What was significant about the healing in citation B20?
What allowed Peter and John to heal the man?
How do we awake from the dream of sickness (S24)? Look for the answer in S25?
What are your thoughts on the statement that “one disease would be as readily destroyed as another”?
Compare the statement in citation S26 that God will give you another Comforter—which Mary Baker Eddy tells us is Divine Science—to Jesus’ statements in citations B16 and B17.
How is Christian Science the Comforter?

P.S.S.T. for Section 6

How does citation B22 wrap up the ideas from the Responsive Reading (RR) about seeing the Christ? What is the message that we are declaring? How are you a blessing (B23)?

Discuss citation S29. Give an example of “silent utterances and divine anointing” that “quicken and increase the beneficial effects of Christianity.
What does it mean to be an “honest seeker for Truth” (S31)?
How are you one? How can you improve?

Have a joy-filled class!

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