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[PSST—Share burning bush message of hope and love in today’s wilderness! (link in 3)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Matter”
for March 22, 2019

By Steve Henn, C.S. steven.henn@gmail.com

PSST Golden Text: Since Spirit is the truth – how can we keep our thoughts and aims focused on Spirit? Who does this truth apply to? How far should our prayers extend in the expression of truth?

PSST Responsive Reading (RR): This Responsive Reading calls for us to not be afraid – how can we have confidence in this encouraging command? Why should we not be afraid? How can we respond to the fears that are presented to us – our own, or others’? What in this responsive reading (and lesson as a whole) gives us the reassurance that fear is not necessary or powerful? Look for and discuss with your students/children the hope offered in this Responsive Reading – where is the hope, and what is it founded on?

PSST Section 1:
How often are we tempted to give power to something that does not have actual power?
Easy examples are dreams, lies, suggestions: what other examples are there of being tempted to give power to something without it?
What does this section suggest? What should we spend our time focusing on instead?
How do we keep our focus on that which has actual power?
How can we help our students/children feel a sense of glory/pride in knowing God better?
How can we help them be alert to the dangers of learning about, glorying in, and valuing “other gods”?

PSST Section 2:
Does the spirit of God dwell in your students/children? Do they know it?
Who else does it dwell in? Do we have to meet certain criteria before the spirit of God will dwell in us?
How can we “prove” all thoughts, inspiration, wisdom that comes to us?
What are the characteristics of the “good” that we are to hold fast to?
Where are your students’ affections, focus, aims, and ambitions?
Do they hope for personal good, or universal good? How far do their prayers reach?

PSST Section 3: [6.5 min. “Moses at the burning bush” video with messages for today!]
If God’s understanding is infinite, and it is, does it include global challenges?
What does God understand of our current situation?
What comes first, God’s understanding, or the challenges we face?
What does that tell us about the suggestions facing humanity, our churches, our families, and ourselves today?
What are the rods that support your students’/children’s understanding regarding their relationship to God, good?
How fully are you and your students willing to lean on the rod given to you?
What is the source of that rod?

PSST Section 4:

How does Jesus respond to the cry for help from the ruler of the synagogue?
Does he hesitate at all? How ready are we to support our fellow-man?
Putting ourselves in the ruler’s shoes, how willing are we to look to Christ to heal even seemingly insurmountable challenges?
How fully do we trust Christ to be of substantial help in our hours of need?
How does Jesus respond to the horrible news that comes from the ruler’s house?
How does the ruler respond? What can we learn from both of these responses?

PSST Section 5:
What is the light of life?
How do we prove ourselves as Jesus’ disciples?
What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?
What does it take to be truly free?
Who grants this freedom?
What “yokes” of bondage are we to be free from?
How do these bonds attempt to ensnare us?
Do they work differently in our thinking than in others?
How are we to protect our thinking from these seemingly attractive bonds?
Why would we ever agree to be in bondage to matter?
Do we have a choice in the matter?

PSST Section 6:
How do we view God in our lives?
Do we see Her as worthy of praise?
How full is our praise for God?
When do we praise Him — after a healing, when asking for healing, when everything seems to be going horribly, when everything is going rightly?
How often should we praise God?
Why is it so important to do this?
What do we have to praise God for?
How will our praise of God be an appropriate response to the challenges facing us and those around us?

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