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[PSST: Share healings, especially ones about perfect timing and turning to God as refuge and strength! (2, 4)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“God the Preserver of Man”
for December 10-16, 2018

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S. 314-308-1059

P.S.S.T. Golden Text – Ask students what is their key takeaway from this scriptural passage? Perhaps it is the word “unfailing” or the phrase “all humanity”.

Read together Hymn 207 from the Christian Science Hymnal:

“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.”

Ask again what students find as a key takeaway in this hymn.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Are you beloved of the Lord? What are the key statements in the Responsive Reading given to you as beloved of the Lord?

  • You shall dwell in safety
  • The Lord shall cover you and provide refuge
  • His arms are underneath, around, above
  • He hears your cry
  • He establishes your going and your coming
  • His lovingkindness and truth preserve you

Ask students to think about wings, either of birds or airplanes. What are their purpose, what are their practical use? How are those wings hints of what the almighty God is doing for and with you every moment of every day?

Look up the words to the song “On Eagles Wings” and share with the class.

Read together Psalm 91.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – What is God’s message to you in citation B4? “Fear not”

How do you know that you are led by the Spirit of God? See citation S5 for hints.

What do students know about the children of Israel being guided through the Red Sea, through the wilderness? Our God today is the same God.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – Ask students to use the truths stated in citation B6 to write out a prayer treatment for refugees currently in the news. Note how close is the spelling of “refugee” and “refuge”. Perhaps the class could look up the definitions to those two words.

Read the Bible story in citation B9. How can you apply refugee and refuge to this story? See citations S8 and S9 for some ideas. Think back to Psalm 91, read earlier, for this statement, “…He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.”

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What are some qualities of God mentioned in citation B13? Rock, fortress, deliverer, shield, horn of my salvation, high tower, refuge, saviour.

Read together Hymn 293 from the Christian Science Hymnal:

“Rock of Ages, Truth divine, Be Thy strength forever mine; Let me rest secure on Thee, Safe above life’s raging sea. Rock of Ages, Truth divine, Be Thy strength forever mine.

Rock of Truth, our fortress strong, Thou our refuge from all wrong, When from mortal sense I flee, Let me hide myself in Thee. Rock of Ages, Truth divine, Be Thy strength forever mine.

Christ, the Truth, foundation sure, On this rock we are secure; Peace is there our life to fill, Cure is there for every ill. Rock of Ages, Truth divine, Be Thy strength forever mine.”

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Read together the Manual of The Mother Church 17:8.

“At a meeting of the Christian Scientist Association, April 12, 1879, on motion of Mrs. Eddy, it was voted, — To organize a church designed to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing.”

This is an excellent opportunity for students to share healings of their own, especially ones which speak of turning to God as refuge and strength.

Read what Mary Baker Eddy states about the healing power of the First Commandment:

“‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me.’ (Exodus xx. 3.) The First Commandment is my favorite text. It demonstrates Christian Science. It inculcates the triunity of God, Spirit, Mind; it signifies that man shall have no other spirit or mind but God, eternal good, and that all men shall have one Mind. The divine Principle of the First Commandment bases the Science of being, by which man demonstrates health, holiness, and life eternal. One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed” (Science & Health 340:15).

What are key takeaways from that passage?

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Read the Bible story in citation B21. How were Paul and the other prisoners refugees? How was God demonstrated as a refuge for them? Why should we read these “old-time” Bible stories? See II Timothy 3:16: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Once again in this section is found the word “refuge” in citation S29.

Ask students to review any key takeaways from the discussion of this Lesson. Two for me are (1) God has been and remains ever available to all people for all times in every place, and (2) Psalms 91:2: “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

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