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[PSST: Trust in Spirit not in flesh! Avoid the shallows of mortal belief. (3, 2)]

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Spirit”

for August 12, 2018

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

Where does our comfort, breath, and life come from? Rick gives a great metaphor for submergence in Spirit in this week’s met. Things are very hot in Germany right now, so he filled up his bathtub with COLD water and submerged himself in the refreshing tub. Immersing ourselves in spirit brings new life to sticky or dull situations. How do you think about or feel Spirit in your life?

PSST for Golden Text

Context is helpful when reading a passage. In Job 33:4 young Elihu is just warming up to share his message of spiritual insight to help Job.

How do you consider your words when speaking to others? Do you allow God to do the talking and the spirit of God and the breath of the Almighty to guide you?

PSST for Responsive Reading — Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit?

The verses to hymn 599 “Whither shall I go from Thy spirit” in the new hymnal are found in the Responsive Reading. Many of you may know this song from camp. What does this mean? Is there anywhere we can go where we are separated from God? (no!) in Psalm 143:11 where the KJV says “quicken me,” the New International Version reads “For your name's sake, LORD, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.” The New Living Translation says “For the glory of your name, O LORD, preserve my life. Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.” Teachers, are you bringing other translations of the Bible to class? Help your students become spiritual seekers for Truth. Ask them to pull up biblehub.com on their smartphone so they can quickly read through multiple translations for the same verse simultaneously.

PSST for Section 1 – Spirit Creates

Idea for an older class: The Interpreter’s Bible suggests the resurrection of scattered dry bones in Ezekiel 37:1-5, 10 (B3) is a prophecy about the reunification of the exiled Nation of Israel from Babylon to Israel. However, in the context of Section 1, the Bible Lesson Committee for this week’s lesson may be asking us to think without limits, to expand on a limited sense of what Spirit, God can do. Take a look at the passages provided in this section. What is the lesson committee saying? What does this mean to your life? Grab a pencil and paper and let the ideas flow! How can you witness Spirit? Here are some thoughts to get your class started if they are stuck.

Citation B1: The Psalmist speaks of the grandeur of God’s power. “Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created”.

Citation B2: The prophet Jeremiah refers to God’s creation and the fact that “nothing is too hard for thee”

Citation B3: The prophet Ezekiel speaks of a miraculous scene with life breathed into dry bones (you decide if this is a metaphor as described above)

Citation B4: This passage from John in the New International Version reads “The spirit gives life”

Define Spirit: look at citations S1, S2, and S5.

Use citation S3 to discuss a spiritual perception of scripture

Read citation S4 and talk about spiritual creation

PSST for Section 2 – What are we made of?

This section looks into the concepts of creation and ancestry. Discuss how the verses in this section help us gain a clearer view of our relationship with our Father and Creator. How can you apply these ideas this week? Some ideas to kick off your conversation include:

  • What it means to be the temple of God (B6)
  • Man is the offspring of God. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry (S6)
  • Man’s true consciousness is found (S7)
  • Avoiding the shallows of mortal belief (S9)
  • Man as the offspring of God is immortal evidence (S10)

PSST for Section 3 – The Power of the Spirit

What is “the power of the Spirit” (B8)? (Holy presence, Being “prayed-up”, demonstrating the power of God, being a ready and willing follower of God…) What do you think about the calling of Nathanael? There was no camera in the fig tree. Jesus’ spiritual foresight was impressive to material sense, but why does he take issue when Nathanael is impressed?

  • Trusting in the spirit instead of the flesh
  • You will “see greater things than these”
  • Be impressed by spiritual progress and God-given ability rather than the physical. When a healing occurs, we can listen for the spiritual lesson rather than just being grateful for a material change or demonstration.
  • What are we putting our faith in?
  • “The spirit searcheth (knows / reveals) all things, yea the deep things of God” (B10)
  • What else does your class think?

In citation S11 Mary Baker Eddy writes “Eye hat neither seen God nor His image and likeness.” Talk about spiritual discernment versus material sight.

In citation S16 what are you seeking after? What are you winning?

PSST for Section 4 – How did Jesus heal?

How was Jesus able to heal so many people (B12, B13)? Look at citation B11 for an insight. What are some of the key ideas to demonstrate healing that are found in S&H in this section? Look at the healing of “east winds” in citation S20. What changed and led to the healing? How can you apply these ideas to witness healing? In citation S21, teachers, ask your class to walk you through the second sentence. “Teach them [the sick] that their being is sustained by Spirit, not by matter, and that they find health, peace, and harmony in God, divine Love.”

PSST for Section 5 – Love one another

How do these three Bible citations relate to each other? Light (B15), loving others (B16), and being like-minded. According to 1 John 3:23, how can you tell if another person is following Jesus’ teaching of loving others? Why does Mrs. Eddy like 1 John 3:23 so much (S24)? Explain citation S25 and divine teachings understood. What does Love marking the hour of harmony mean? Why does love lead to increased spirituality or “spiritualization” (S26)?

PSST for Section 6 – Are you washed clean?

In citation B20, there is a full description of the armor we would wear into “battle”. What are we battling? (Hint: it’s a battle in thought). For younger classes, draw a picture of someone in full armor and identify what each piece represents spiritually. Schools are starting up soon in the U.S. (some students are already back in session!). What are you bringing with you?
Think about what spiritual supplies you might pack in your backpack of faith and lunchbox of salvation. How are you letting the “baptism of Spirit” (S28) wash you clean?
Citation S29 describes the “effects of one universal God”. In what ways have you witnessed these effects in your experience? What does it mean to say that “Spirit and all things spiritual are the real and eternal” (S30)? How have you witnessed this?

Have a joy-filled class!

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