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[PSST: Understand Love's control over all! (S11)]
Possible Sunday School Topics by Merrill Boudreaux, CS, for the
Christian Science Bible Lesson: “Love” for July 28-August 3, 2014

P.S.S.T.  Golden Text – Who is included in the “you” in the Golden Text?
     Is any left out of God’s everlasting love?

P.S.S.T.  Responsive Reading – There is an opportunity here to review the history of the Children of Israel.  One might speak of Joseph and his provisions during the famine, of their captivity and enslavement, of the exodus with Moses, of their return to the Promised Land, and of the modern state of Israel today.  Most important is to review the definition of Children of Israel in Science & Health 583:5.  What does it mean to be a remnant?  Are you part of the remnant of the Children of Israel?

     Read aloud together Hymn 52 from the Christian Science Hymnal.  Do you identify with the message in this hymn?  What is revealed about the child of God’s creating?

P.S.S.T.  Section 1 – How do you express love?  How does God express love?  How is the love God has for Her creation stated in this section?  What does it mean to be redeemed? (rescued, freed)  From what does man need to be rescued/freed?

  • the belief of life in matter;
  • the belief of ignorance of who you are;
  • the belief that the physical senses testify as to your qualities or characteristics.

     Look at the Church Manual 42:4 to see a specific requirement to not forget who you are, nor be made to neglect this daily requirement.

P.S.S.T.  Section 2 – What is the prayer of petition in citation B6?  See also Isaiah 30:21.  How are you benefitted by praying? (S6)  Read aloud together Psalms 23 in citation S9. [Consider sharing with your class the pdf file “Sheep & Ps 23 in CedarS BLP” that can be downloaded by clicking it in the upper right corner of CedarS online Met.  This graphic was made on 6-22-12 by Tom Evans when he served as a CedarS Bible Lands Park Ranger.]

  • [In Mrs. Eddy’s version of Psalms 23,] who leads you?  Divine Love
  • What follows you?  Goodness and mercy

Therefore, you are protected on all sides – when you turn to the right or left.

     Read aloud together Hymn 95 from the Christian Science Hymnal.

P.S.S.T.  Section 3 – Why do you suppose Daniel was unharmed in the lions’ den?  Do you think Daniel “spoke” lions or was able to communicate with them?  If so, what might Daniel have said to the lions?  See citation S11.

  • Was Daniel one of God’s creatures?
  • Were the lions?
  • Was the King?

     Memorize from citation S11 (S&H 514:28-30):  “All of God’s creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible.”

P.S.S.T.  Section 4 – How was the Prodigal Son liberated in citation B11?  Was his brother also liberated?  How was the prodigal Son reformed?  How was he formed originally?  In God’s image.  Could that image ever need to be re-formed?  No, but the Prodigal’s view needed to be clarified.  How had the Prodigal sinned (missed the mark)?  Choosing to pursue happiness and pleasure in matter.  Yet God came to him in a voice he could hear, just like the voice Daniel might have used with the lions.  The Prodigal woke up.  Then what happened?  He was returned to his rightful home and classification.  What was that classification?  Perhaps he was baptized.  See S&H 581:23-26.

     Read aloud together Hymn 90 from the Christian Science Hymnal.

P.S.S.T.  Section 5 – What are you called to put on in citation S16?  To whom should you exhibit these qualities?  Perhaps this is a recipe for effective relationships.  Ask students to use this passage to create a recipe for effective relationships:

  • 1 quart of mercy
  • 1 cup of kindness
  • 1 gallon of humbleness (humility)
  • Etc.

     It will be interesting to see what proportions they design for their recipe.

P.S.S.T.  Section 6 – Read aloud together Psalm 193: 7-14.

P.S.S.T.  Section 7 – What was the significance of the healing of the leper in citation B22?  The use of the word “moved” is interesting.  How was Jesus moved – mentally, physically, both?  What was it important for Jesus to physically touch the man?  How did this show compassion?  How does Divine Love meet every human need as stated in citation S26?

     Divine Love meets every human need in, as, and through man, through each of us.  We are, therefore, critical to Divine Love in action.  What was Jesus’ mission as stated in citation S27?  What is your mission?  What does God require of you?  See Micah 6:8.

P.S.S.T.  Section 8 – What is the prayer treatment to end war, violence, hatred toward one another in citation B24?  Is this statement applicable today?  What role can you play?  See S&H 450:19.  What tools do you have to aid in this work?  Don’t forget, you have Divine Love with you always.

     Read aloud together Hymn 179 from the Christian Science Hymnal.  You and all are held in this gospel of Love.  That is good news indeed.

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