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[PSST: Share your reason for living—“impart truth, health, and happiness”! (6)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Life”
for January 14-20, 2019

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text & Responsive Reading – From where does your life originate? How do you know? Is your life safe in God’s hands? How do you measure your life expectancy? How do you measure the good in your life? Can your life ever end? Can your life ever be void of good? Can anyone else’s life ever be void of good? Is there enough good to go around?

Ask students to select a favorite Bible character and apply these questions and answers to that character’s life. How does that Bible character give evidence or inform us about our own life?

Read together Hymn 226 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words shown here):

O Lord of life, to Thee we lift
Our hearts in praise for those,
Thy prophets, who have shown Thy gift
Of grace that ever grows,
Of truth that spreads from shore to shore,
Of wisdom's widening ray,
Of light that shineth more and more
Unto Thy perfect day.

Shine forth, O Light, that we may see,
With hearts all unafraid,
The meaning and the majesty
Of things that Thou hast made:
Shine forth, and let the darkling past
Beneath Thy beam grow bright;
Shine forth, and touch the future vast
With Thine untroubled light.

Light up Thy word; the fettered page
From darkened bondage free:
Light up our way; lead forth this age
In love's large liberty.
O Light of light, within us dwell,
Through us Thy radiance pour,
That word and deed Thy truths may tell,
And praise Thee evermore.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – Read together the Bible story in citation B3. Ask each student to select 3 key points from this story. How might those points apply to their lives? Ask students how they practice stillness, especially in hurried or busy lives? What are some benefits of being still? How was stillness a support to Elijah in the midst of turmoil? From Science & Health 225:11: “There is always some tumult, but there is a rallying to truth's standard.” You might also read the full paragraph on page 225.

Sometimes we hear in relationships the following: “You complete me” or “You are my other half”. Does one need another person to feel complete? See citation S6. What could you then conclude since God is your life? Does it imply you should be a hermit or live alone? No, but it does call on us to recognize and acknowledge that each individual includes all that is necessary for a full, meaningful, and relevant life.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – How was Elisha related to Elijah? Following Elijah’s experience in the cave, read I Kings 19:19-21 to see the beginning of their relationship. Read together II Kings 2:1, 2, 6, 8-13, 19-22. Then read citation B7. Elisha’s preparation as a follower and student of Elijah helped him understand how our lives originated and continue.

Read together Hymn 189 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed here).

Mine eyes look toward the mountains,
Help cometh from on high;
From God who never slumbers,
Whose care is ever nigh.
My foot shall not be moved,
My keeper is the Lord,
He never shall forsake me;
I trust me to His Word.

God keepeth me from falling,
Fulfilleth all my need;
His love doth e'er uphold me
In faithful word and deed.
He keepeth me from evil,
My onward way doth trace,
My going and my coming
He crowneth with His grace.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – By looking to this section, answer the question, what is the enemy that is to be destroyed? Belief in a power opposite to God or good. Citation S13. How can you “speak the truth to every form of error”? See citation S16 for an answer. Also look to the scientific statement of being in S&H 468:8-15.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Are you blessed of God, good? Citation B13. Once again water plays an important part in revealing the permanency of life. Why did the woman go to the well in citation B14? What did she leave with? Once she received this water of life, what did she do? How did she share it? How are you sharing this water, for which the world seems to be thirsting? Citation S21. If you think you don’t have enough knowledge, experience, or proof, think about this statement in S&H 361:16. One drop of water proves that all water is the same in composition. So you and every idea is composed of your Maker’s declaration in Genesis 1:31. This is a sufficient basis to give of what water you have.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Read Romans 8:35,37-39, partially included in citation B15. Read together the citations in the S&H portion of this section. Ask each student for one key take-away.

  • Life is
  • Good is
  • God is
  • Man is
  • I am

What is the great fact in Science to which mankind should awake? Citation S26. Give up the belief in death.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Citation B17 is a great memorization opportunity. Read together from Miscellany 165:16 (printed here). Need we say more?

“As an active portion of one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with universal good. Thus may each member of this church rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the scientific response: I am able to impart truth, health, and happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason for existing.”

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