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[PSST: Side with God and win! (GT) Find promises to count on! (B2) Provide comfort for someone. (B13)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?”
for April 9-15, 2018

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text (GT)– Perhaps we could answer the question posed by the subject of this week’s Lesson with a resounding NO and that would be sufficient. The proof of that resounding NO comes in its application or demonstration of its truth. The Golden Text has much to affirm of the assurance of what?

  • Evil is nothing
  • Sin, Disease, and Death are nothing
  • Those who promote sin, disease and death have nothing on their side

What does the opposite of each of those statements present and prove?

  • God is all, everything
  • Purity, harmony, wellness, life is all
  • No one can tempt you to believe in an opposite to good; God is always on your side
  • Therefore, side with God and win

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Ask students to select key phrases from the Responsive Reading for which they can give thanks forever.

Examples:

  • “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty”
  • “he will save”
  • “he will rejoice over thee with joy”

When God thinks of you, what do you suppose God thinks? See citation B6. If God thinks it, does it come to pass in your experience?

P.S.S.T. Section 1 –

  • What is the command in citation B1?
  • What are the promises in citation B2?
  • What are the assurances in citation B3?
  • What are the actions of God in citation B4?
  • What are the affirmations about God in citation B5?
  • What is a key statement about what Christian Science teaches of God in citation S2? “…all inharmony of mortal mind or body is illusion….”
  • What is a key statement in Christian Science about sin, sickness, and death in citation S3? “…comprised in human material belief… without a real origin or existence.”

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – How can you rid mortal mind of its false claims of sickness, sadness, mortal opinions? S7: “…error is deprived of its imaginary powers by Truth….”

Read together citation S9. This is a good memory opportunity. What are the specific steps to follow in this statement to deprive mortal mind of its false suggestions? What are the results of gaining this understanding? “…supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony.”

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – How are we to think of others, especially when appearances tell us they are a sinner, or they are diseased, or they are dead? See a possible answer in the Bible story in citation B11. “…neither do I condemn thee:”

Why could Jesus be assured of his own statement? S10. He saw and recognized her divine nature. See also Science and Health 476:32-5. This statement comes toward the end of which question in the chapter Recapitulation? “What is man?”

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – What are we called upon to do in the opening of citation B13? Provide comfort for one another.

Ask students to share any experiences where they provided comfort for someone or received comfort from someone.

What comfort did Jesus provide to the person in citation B15? What do you understand of the word “immediately”? Was that story a one-time event, or is healing still possible today? See an answer in S17, “Christ… comes now as of old….”

What are comfort statements in citation S22?

  • The tender word and Christian encouragement
  • Pitiful patience
  • Removal of them
  • Legitimate Christian Science, aflame with divine Love

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Sin and sickness may seem easier to heal, but what about death? See the result in the Bible story in citation B17. See also citation S26, lines 13-16.

Read together Hymn 218 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Read together citation B20. Here is another excellent memory opportunity.

Since you declare yourself to be a Christian Scientist, what have you agreed to do for mankind? S29.

What is it that anchors you, what is your standpoint stated in citation S31? “…man is immortal and lives by divine authority.”

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Hymn 218 (219 & 220)

O Life that maketh all things new, The blooming earth, the thoughts of men;

Our pilgrim feet, wet with Thy dew, In gladness hither turn again.

From hand to hand the greeting flows, From eye to eye the signals run,

From heart to heart the bright hope glows, The seekers of the Light are one:

One in the freedom of the truth, One in the joy of paths untrod,

One in the heart’s perennial youth, One in the larger thought of God;—

The freer step, the fuller breath, The wide horizon’s grander view;

The sense of Life that knows no death,— The Life that maketh all things new.

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