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[PSST: Identify negative thoughts as something other than the Truth! (RR)
Sing your gratitude this week.
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

July 29, 2018

By Tom and Amy Evans, former staff members and big fans of CedarS

P.S.S.T. for the Golden Text and Responsive Reading

What does it mean to say that God is “the living God and the everlasting King”?

“And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.” Why does seeking God’s teachings produce freedom? The author of Psalms 43:5 is looking inward. The writer is questioning a negative, limited, sad, even depressed state of thought. Do you identify negative thoughts as something other than the Truth? How do you keep God’s law “continually for ever and ever”? Think about the statement “I hate every false way”. Is this true for you? What does this mean in your daily experience?

P.S.S.T. for Section 1

What is Truth? Who famously asks this question of Jesus? (Pontius Pilate in John 18:38). As you read through the lesson, build your definition of Truth and your case for why we, as spiritual seekers, need to work to recognize Truth in our daily lives. This lesson is an opportunity to look for Truth and discover God’s creation for yourself. Try citation B2 for example: “Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance” (Ps 89:15). You can say Truth is that joyful sound. People walking in the light of God’s being are recognizing Truth. They are trusting and understanding the Truth of God’s creation.

Ask your students if they went to CedarS and remember the Rock song? "I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, so shall I be safe from mine enemies. The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and may the God of my salvation be exalted! Hallelujah!" (Psalms 18:46).

In citation B4 (2 Sam 22:47) David is praising God for delivering him from his enemies. David is praising God by singing! See 2 Sam 22:1. Do you ever sing praise to God? Do you literally sing your gratitude? Try it sometime this week. Tell your teacher about it next Sunday. How is the definition of Rock in citation B1 useful when reading citation B3? Try replacing the word rock with Truth. Citation S6 includes the statement, “the revelations of Christian Science unlock the treasures of Truth.” What are these revelations? How exactly do insights through Christian Science “unlock” them?

P.S.S.T. for Section 2

What do you take away from the account of the two women presenting their case to wise King Solomon in citation B9?

  • Does your class understand the situation and the reasoning Solomon used?
  • What proved that one woman was the true mother of the living child and the other was lying? Is Truth selfish or hateful? (never!)
  • How would you pray to God for guidance when presented with what seems like an impossible decision?
  • Look ahead to citations S9-S12 for great ideas on what Solomon must have understood during this dispute between the two women.

The Lesson this week uses the definition of “Sword” from the Glossary of Science and Health (S8). Do you know where the Glossary is in our Textbook? Can you find “Sword”? Why does this definition include the word Truth?

How is Truth an underlying part of justice? This section involves Solomon’s God-given wisdom as he elicits the Truth in an undeniable way. He made a decision so accurate that people talked about it all over Israel pointing out that “the wisdom of God was in [Solomon], to” carry out justice. Look up this verse, 1 Kings 3:28 in other translations. What is the difference between justice and judgement? Consider citation S11. If “Truth creates neither a lie, a capacity to lie, nor a liar”, is there any place for a lie? (no!) Mary Baker Eddy (MBE) addresses all the options here! Have you considered the idea of reaching new heights in “moral culture” as citation S12 shares? Why does morality matter?

P.S.S.T. for Section 3

Explain the symbolism or greater depth about what Jesus meant when he asked some fishermen who grew up on the lake or Sea of Galilee to change the way they were fishing in citations B12 and B13. Also read citation S15 which discusses casting nets on the right side.

  • Peter and Andrew’s job was to fish. They were not beginners. Is Jesus trying to give them a new fishing tip?
  • Clearly this new perspective on a familiar activity (fishing) changed Andrew and Peter’s lives. What statement can be meaningful for you in an activity you participate in regularly? For example “Kick the ball on the right side” or “Wash the dishes with joy”.
  • Take a few minutes now to come up with a saying that will help you think about Truth every time you say it. Go ahead, write the idea down so you don’t forget it!

Look at citation S17. Notice how MBE reasons through the difference between Truth and error and explains how error is nothing. Think about darkness and light. Darkness is merely the absence of light. It has no power of its own. How can you apply this analogy to citations S17 and S18? Citation S18 provides a simple explanation for what error is. Take this short citation apart with your class. Is error a real thing? What is an error? Also see citation S22 in Section 4.

P.S.S.T. for Section 4

Discuss citations B16 & S19:
Is sharing Truth and living it always easy? Why are the Pharisees so enraged by this healing that they want to destroy Jesus? Which beatitude speaks to the persecution Jesus faced as he healed and blessed mankind? “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:10).

Discuss citation B14 and S20:
How does “Truth make man free”? What is it about Truth that frees us? Give an example of being made free by Truth.

Citation S21 says, “Truth has no consciousness of error.” Discuss the implications of this statement. This doesn’t mean that Truth is unaware of error. Explain how Truth brings about healing in citation S23. You might need a dictionary. How do we get to the “living Truth” (S24)? How are you looking for it in the “Science of divine Mind”?

P.S.S.T. for Section 5

Is Truth limited to a certain group of people? This is the second example of less-than-moral women in the lesson this week.

Sunday School Teachers, go back to your inbox and look at Warren’s email from Monday evening, July 23rd entitled Enjoy Cobbey, Ken, and Christie Insights on Truth”. In case you missed it, W’s PS#5—Cobbey Crisler on John 4: 7-29 (B19) has some incredible insights on this pericope about Jesus and the woman at the well.

What is significant about the interaction between Jesus and the woman of Samaria in citation B19? How did Jesus know about all of the woman’s relationships? Did she Snapchat about it? How would you have responded had a complete stranger known so much about your personal life (2000 years before social media)? Jesus only reveals himself as the Messiah to a handful of people. What was it about this Samaritan woman that caused him to tell her that he was the Messiah?

Citation S26 reads “Truth destroys what mortals seem to have learned from error, and man’s real existence as a child of God comes to light.” Apply this passage to that student at school who you really don’t talk to. Or a kid who seems really different from you. How about a figure in the news that your parents dislike? How do we get to the point of seeing someone who is an enemy as a child of God like Jesus did with a Samaritan woman? In citation S29, MBE says it is our duty and privilege to follow the example of our Master. How is this a duty? How is it a privilege? How are you demonstrating Truth, Love, health, and holiness? Take apart this statement: “the understanding of the truth of being will be the basis of true religion” (S31). What is true religion? Is Mrs. Eddy saying that we are not practicing true religion now? Why is this epoch approaching, rather than something that already happened?

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