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[PSST: Side with Mind and win!-5 With “the mind of Christ” stop commuting between highs and lows… -3]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

“Mind”

for August 14-20, 2017

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS

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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – What evidence do we have that God or Mind was with Christ Jesus? Ask students to share highlights from Jesus’ life that are particularly meaningful to them. Review also Mary Baker Eddy’s definition of “Christ” on page 583 in Science & Health.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – What promises are provided for mankind in the Scriptures in the Responsive Reading? This is the permanent word of God that assures “…ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace.”

Let’s explore this Lesson with seeking the word of God revealing what Mind is conveying to us individually and collectively.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – When Jesus was preaching and teaching in the synagogues, what was his purpose? B2. To share God’s word, the gospel or good news, which resulted in healings and reassurances for all who heard him.

What was Jesus’ primary teaching in citation B4?

What does Eddy tell us in citation S1 is her favorite scriptural text? These scriptural words reaffirm what, in citation S2: “…all men have one Mind…”? What is the result when all men are listening to the One Mind? (S2, SH 467:13-16). Ask students to share any experiences they had of listening to Mind that resulted in an act of loving a neighbor. This is not an egotistical statement, but a genuine act of loving one’s neighbor.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What do the Scriptures in this section tell us about “strange” gods, and serving them? Could it be that which would call attention to acts that are un-Godlike and doing them? How can we hold fast only to the word of God, of Good? S11.

This section states a clear line of demarcation between evil and good. You get to choose whether you listen for and to the word of God, or for and to suggestions of “gods many” that would dupe us into believing in many minds or many gods.

How does your practice of Christian Science defend you from false beliefs? S10.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – How did the word of God that came to Christ Jesus aid the man in the Bible story in citation B12? [Cobbey Crisler in PS#3 relates how having “the mind of Christ” enables us to stop commuting between highs and lows, “mountains and tombs”, good moods and bad… ] Why do you think the storyteller tells us Jesus sent the devil out of the man into the herd of swine? Perhaps because the Jews considered swine to be unclean and not worthy of preserving. Can you imagine Jesus being willing to destroy someone’s property? Perhaps the evil that was released from the man visited with others like itself? There was much fear in the local people about the man whom they chained and then about Jesus who cured him. This fear caused them to act unnaturally, listening to false minds, even to the point of asking Jesus to leave after they witnessed the healing of this man. Does this show the difference between listening to Mind or listening to a false suggestion of a so-called human mind? S17.

What is the scientifically accurate statement about the divine Mind in citation S18?

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – This section begins with Jesus’ return and being gladly received, unlike the previous story where he was asked to go away. How does the receptivity of the man in the story in citation B15 contrast with the previous story?

Compare and contrast the two stories:

  • Receptivity versus fear
  • Both had an unclean spirit
  • Jesus was called to cast it out versus the question, “What have I to do with thee, Jesus…?”
  • Fear of the healing versus amazement at the power of God

What does the passage from Isaiah in citation B16 tell us of the basis for healing in both stories? Listening for the word of God may at times be a struggle between mortal mind and the divine Mind. Victory is always on which side? Read together citation S24. Answer the question: What is it you desire to experience and how can you most ably arrive at a better understanding of the one Mind and thereby experience the results?

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Your power to side with Mind and win is your support when divided loyalties are suggested. What does the Bible portion of this section tell you is the result of such a divided kingdom? B17. What does citation B18 tell us of the result of entertaining the one Mind? What is the strong man referred to in citation B17? See Mrs. Eddy’s answer in citation S27. How are the two stories you read earlier examples of matter and mortal mind tempting or calling for attention and then their destruction by the divine Mind? (S27, SH 400:26-28). Read together the Scientific Statement of Being in Science & Health, p. 468:8-15.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – What does it mean to “have the mind of Christ”?

B19:

  • Be perfect
  • Be of good comfort
  • Be of one mind
  • Live in peace
  • The God of love and peace shall be with you

S31:

  • The whole family of man would be brethren
  • The brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth
  • Have unity of Principle and spiritual power

Read together Hymn 204 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below).

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Hymn 204:

O Father, Thy kingdom is come upon earth, Thou rulest in all Thy creation; Thou sendest Thy witnesses, telling Thy worth, To call and entreat every nation, With news of Thy mighty salvation.

They lift up a light amid shadows of fear, And Love is Thy banner above them; No trouble shall touch them, no foes that appear Shall e’er from their loyalty move them; ‘Tis Thou dost uphold and approve them.

They go in Thy strength, and they speak in Thy name, With power of Thy promise forth faring, And during the battle the victory claim,— Their trust in Thy truth is their daring, Salvation to all men declaring.

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