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[PSST: Strive to always live in the conscious of Love! Share testimonies! (RR+)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

Man
for February 27 – March 5, 2017

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – Where is the house of the Lord? Is it a far-off place in an unseen world or is it present, here and now? Look to Science & Health 578:16 to see Mary Baker Eddy’s spiritual statement as to what and where is the house of the Lord. Are you ever-conscious? Are you ever with Love?

Read together Hymn 217 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below). Ask students to provide some statements from this hymn about the results of dwelling in the house/consciousness of Love. What will be the result when all mankind is aware of the house of the Lord and strive to always live there?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading (RR) – The word of God equals the law of God equals the truth that constitutes God and man, God’s creation. How long have you dwelled with God, in the consciousness of God? Read together Psalm 90:1,2 and Psalms 84:10,12 in the RR.

Ask students to define “testimony”. Law, the statement or declaration of a witness under oath; evidence in support of a fact or statement, proof, open declaration or profession of faith. Why are testimonies at Christian Science Wednesday Testimony meetings important? How do they align with the above definition of testimony?

This would be a good opportunity for students to share an individual testimony, either of healing or as a statement of their faith. What does the RR tell us of testimonies? Look to MBE’s statement about the importance of testimonies in the Manual of The Mother Church, page 47:13.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – What do you make of the Bible statement in citation B1? Do you accept this as the word of God, therefore a law and an absolute truth? Can you, have you, trusted this law as the truth about you and all humankind? What other statements of truth regarding man are found in the Science & Health (S&H) portion of this section?

  • Man is made in the image and likeness of God
  • man is spiritual and perfect
  • man is idea… he is not physique
  • immortal man was and is God’s image or idea
  • man is, and forever has been, God’s reflection

Look to the full answer to the question “What is man?” in S&H 475:6 – 477:18. Ask students to select and share statements from this definition that resonate with them.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – Who in the Bible were called of God to provide testimony? Moses, Jacob, Aaron, Jesus, Paul, the prophets Elijah and Elisha, Jesus’ disciples.

Do your students know the functions or duties of priests in the Old Testament? Making sacrifices, blessing the people, communing with God on behalf of the people. Who was one of the more famous priests mentioned in citation B6? Melchisedec (Melchizedek) – also known as a king and priest, and interpreted as “King of Righteousness”. You might go online to research Melchisedec as part of this discussion. Also see MBE’s spiritual interpretation of “priest” in S&H 141:19. Does that sound like you, a spiritualized man? See also the 9 references to Melchisedec found in the Bible.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What was the word, law, truth of God about the man declared blind from birth in citation B9 [and per Cobbey Crisler in PS#1 of this week’s Met]? What was the result of Jesus acknowledging this truth? What statements of truth in citation B10 can also be applied?

  • The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance
  • Thou maintainest my lot
  • I have a goodly heritage

What constitutes your ancestry? S13.

If heredity is not a law as stated in citation S14, what is the opposite statement? Heritage. What is your permanent forever heritage? Citation S13 tells us “Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law of his being.”

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – What does it mean to be born again? [It means born “from above” per Cobbey Crisler in PS#3 on citation B13 of this week’s Met.] Read the Bible story of Nicodemus in citation B13. Does it mean giving up “…a material, theoretical life-basis… as a misapprehension of existence…”? S19. Does this sound like giving up the belief in heredity and accepting your Godly heritage? What does this tell you of how long you will live? (S20, lines 27-31) There is a good memorization opportunity in citation S21, lines 1-4. Do you wish to live a theoretical life or a glorious immortal life? S20 and S22.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Read together citation B17. How did this law of the Spirit of life apply to the son of the widow woman in Nain? B16 [and per Cobbey Crisler in PS#4 of this week’s Met]. What is the word, law, truth of God quoted by MBE in citation S24?

  • “If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.”

What do you think “saying” refers to in this statement? Could it also refer to “testimony” as we defined it in the RR portion of this P.S.S.T.?

Ask students to write down a few statements of what they are willing to admit about themselves as created in God’s image and likeness. S29 and S30.

Read together Hymn 382 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below). How long does your birthright continue? Can it ever be taken from you?

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – We return to the 23rd Psalm. How long will you dwell in the house of the Lord? Can anyone steal your house or lock you out of this house? If this is the word of God, and it is, then it is also the law of God and a forever truth.

Ask students to write out a testimony of their faith, based on what they have learned from this Lesson. Remember you are a priest, a spiritualized man, who handles God’s word, God’s law, God’s truth about your forever heritage.

Conclude with reading together Hymn 14 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below).

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Hymn 217:

O, he whom Jesus loved has truly spoken, That holier worship, which God deigns to bless, Restores the lost, and heals the spirit broken, And feeds the widow and the fatherless.

Then, brother man, fold to thy heart thy brother, For where love dwells, the peace of God is there: To worship rightly is to love each other; Each smile a hymn, each kindly deed a prayer.

Follow with reverent steps the great example Of him whose holy work was doing good; So shall the wide earth seem our Father’s temple, Each loving life a psalm of gratitude.

Hymn 382:

What is thy birthright, man, Child of the perfect One; What is thy Father’s plan For His beloved son?

Thou art Truth’s honest child, Of pure and sinless heart; Thou treadest undefiled In Christly paths apart.

Vain dreams shall disappear As Truth dawns on the sight; The phantoms of thy fear Shall flee before the light.

Take then the sacred rod; Thou art not error’s thrall; Thou hast the gift of God—Dominion over all.

Hymn 14:

Arise, arise and shine, On thee hath dawned the day; God is thy sun, and Christ thy light, Be thou a steadfast ray.

Sing praise, O waking heart, For all thy God hath wrought; For Truth’s clear light on thee hath shone, And purified thy thought.

No more shall sin and wrong Obscure the light divine, For God hath given thee His Son, And lo, all things are thine.

Arise, arise and shine, Uplift thee from the sod, And let thy living light show forth Man’s unity with God.

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