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[PSST: Touch the fringes of your eternity today! (3)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Life”
for January 15-21, 2018

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – What does it mean to be spiritually-minded? Does it mean to be ‘like Spirit’? Can you make yourself like Spirit or is it something that is already yours, given to you by your Creator? Is it rather a desire to better understand what it means that you are like Spirit in all your thinking and action?

Let’s look to this Lesson as a guide to this better understanding. What does the Golden Text tell us is the result of this better understanding? Life and peace. Do you desire life and peace? Who doesn’t? See Science and Health 594:19 for a baseline definition of Spirit. See also S&H 468:25 for the answer to the question: What is Life?

In these two statements are the measures and guidelines to help with the better understanding that you are spiritually-minded, like Spirit. Even in the phrase spiritually-minded is a powerful reminder that you are minded by Spirit, created by, cared for, guided by, and filled with Spirit in all that you think and do. Ask students to record their key takeaway upon reading these two passages.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – What are the guidance messages in the Responsive Reading?

  • Follow after righteousness
  • Fight the good fight
  • Lay hold on eternal life
  • …be not high-minded
  • Do good
  • Storing up a good foundation
  • Lay hold on eternal life

What are the benefits of so doing?

  • Life and peace
  • His song shall be with you
  • You shall praise God who is the health of your countenance

Read together Hymn 317 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – What is the prayer of affirmation in citation B1? What does citation B3 also affirm? What is our call to action in citation S5?

By looking beyond the physical senses to understand that Life is God and we are created in God’s image and likeness, what is a result as stated in citation S6? Rather than just words on paper we strive to imbibe the Spirit. See S&H 495:25-19.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – Are you in the flesh, made by matter, or are you in the Spirit, made by Spirit? B7, Romans 8:9.

What does citation S10, lines 25-30 affirm? Once again, what are the benefits of understanding what it means to be like Spirit? “This understanding casts out error….”.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – We are Christians, followers of Jesus Christ. What does that mean to you? Jesus was the way-shower. What is the way he showed us to follow? B11.

How are you like the woman in citation B12? What does it mean to touch even the hem of Jesus’ garment? [and “touch the fringes of eternity” Hymn 64.3] Why would you touch his hem? [See Warren’s PS#3 and download.] How does touching the hem correlate to acknowledging and following Jesus as the way? Ultimately, is the way, the understanding of being created by and living in Spirit, therefore being spiritual?

Read together Hymn 108 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Here is another story in citation B14 of someone coming to Jesus to be shown the way. Why did Jairus come to Jesus? What was he seeking? What did he receive? How are you like Jairus? What is your privilege today? S20, lines 6-12.

Read together S&H 249:6. Affirm as a class “That Life is not contingent on bodily conditions…” S21. Do you see the correlation between this statement and the experience of the woman who touched Jesus’ garment and Jairus and his daughter? Why do such stories exist? S23.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – So here is a profound guidance question: “Dost thou ‘love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind’?” S24. If so, what is the result? “…the divine control of Spirit, in which Soul is our master, and material sense and human will have no place.”

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – What guidance has this Lesson provided to aid in your better understanding of your true self as a spiritual being? Are you with God, Spirit, today? Can you ever be outside of Spirit? Therefore, can you ever be outside of Life? Read together citation B18. This is “the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever” (S30).

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Hymn 317

Still, still with Thee when purple morning breaketh,
When the bird waketh, and the shadows flee,
Fairer than morning, lovelier than the daylight,
Dawns the sweet consciousness, I am with Thee.
Alone with Thee, amid the changing shadows,
Solemn the hush of nature, newly born;

Alone with Thee, in breathless adoration,
In the calm dew and freshness of the morn.
So shall it ever be in the bright morning,
When hearts awaking see the shadows flee,
O, in that hour, and fairer than the dawning,
Rises the glorious thought, I am with Thee.

Hymn 108

Here, O my Lord, I’d see Thee face to face;
Here would I touch and handle things unseen;
Here grasp with firmer hand th’ eternal grace,
And all my weariness upon Thee lean.
Here would I feed upon the bread of God;
Here drink anew the royal wine of heaven;
Here would I lay aside each earthly load,
Here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiven.

And as we rise, the symbols disappear;
The feast, though not the love, is past and gone;
The bread and wine remove, but Thou art here,
Nearer than ever, still my shield and sun.
Feast after feast thus comes and passes by;
Yet passing, points to the glad feast above,
Giving sweet foretaste of the festal joy,
The Lamb’s great bridal feast of bliss and love.

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