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[PSST: Use God’s blessings as prayer treatments for today’s challenges. (RR)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“God the Preserver of Man”
for June 11-17, 2018

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text and Responsive Reading – The passages from Numbers are considered the Aaronic Blessing, given from God to Moses to hand to his brother Aaron. It is a blessing to the Children of Israel, which ye are also. See the definition of Children of Israel in Science & Health 583:5. What is the expanded view of this blessing listed in the Psalms portion of the Responsive Reading?

  • His steadfast love endures forever
  • Whom he has redeemed from trouble
  • He delivered them from their distresses
  • He led them by a straight way
  • He fills with good things
  • He brought them out of darkness and gloom
  • He… healed them
  • He delivered them from destruction
  • The Lord has been mindful of us; he will bless us

Ask students if they have witnessed any of these blessings in their experiences? Are these promises for all times and for all people? Ask students to write out a prayer treatment using any of these blessings for a challenge the world and its children are facing today.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – How is mother love from God expressed in the Bible portion of this section? What do you think it means to be kept as the apple of His eye?

How is father-mother love expressed in the S&H portion of this section?

  • Tender relationship to His spiritual creation
  • Maintains all identities
  • Inseparable, harmonious, and eternal
  • Order
  • Delivered
  • Indestructible
  • Unchanged in its eternal history

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – As God was with Moses, so was He with his followers and all the Children of Israel, down to this day. Even though the children had wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, God was still with them and provided a path and leadership to take them across the Jordan River into the Promised Land. Read together citation B12: “with God all things are possible.”

Read together citation S8. Ask students to share any Bible stories that serve as an account of the triumph of Spirit, Mind, over matter. We spoke of father-mother love in the previous section. Now read about Love with a capital L in citation S10. How does this statement directly correlate to the Children of Israel, their wanderings, and the blessing of the Promised Land? There is an assurance that God’s promises are kept. What do citations S11 and S12 say about the surety of our own walk? Read together Hymn 139 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – How were the 5,000-plus sustained by God through his servant, Jesus? Do you see a correlation between this 5,000 and the wandering Children of Israel? What do you suppose was the divine Principle at work in this experience?

  • Abundance
  • God can never abandon His ideas, that which He creates
  • “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need”
  • Love giveth might, immortality, and goodness

Is this a theoretical story or does it have practical application to our world today?
Think about the earth’s resources and the various populations who use them.
How would you define sustainability? What is the source and provision of sustainability?
How can you tap into this source and apply it to those in need around the world?

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – What is the promise of peace recorded in citation B19? Why is it helpful and important to study the life of Christ Jesus? What does “wayshower” mean? What are some statements of the way for us to follow as recorded in the S&H portion of this section?

  • The divine Mind… maintains His own image and likeness (so listen for Mind’s direction)
  • All that… exists… is found harmonious and eternal
  • Immortal man (that is you) is God’s idea
  • Christ delivers the divine message from God to man
  • No faculty of Mind is lost (therefore you can never lose your way)
  • You, governed by immortal Mind, are always beautiful and grand
  • Be calm and carry on – step-by-step

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What did the Truth overcome in citation B24?

Read together citation S27. What is the truth, the way, shown in this statement?

Read together Hymn 218 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Read together citation B26.

Read together Hymn 97 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below). How does this hymn sum up what you have learned from this lesson?

  • God sustains man
  • Step by step He is with you
  • Blessings are abundant, can never run out
  • Not all who wander are lost
  • All ideas are indestructible
  • Science points the way to the wayshower, to our Father-Mother God
  • We re blessed, we are kept, He is gracious unto us, we are at peace

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Hymn 139 (also 427)

I walk with Love along the way, And O, it is a holy day;

No more I suffer cruel fear, I feel God’s presence with me here;

The joy that none can take away Is mine; I walk with Love today.

Who walks with Love along the way, Shall talk with Love and Love obey;

God’s healing truth is free to all, Our Father answers every call;

’Tis He dispels the clouds of gray That all may walk with Love today.

Come, walk with Love along the way, Let childlike trust be yours today;

Uplift your thought, with courage go, Give of your heart’s rich overflow,

And peace shall crown your joy-filled day.

Come, walk with Love along the way.

Hymn 218 (also 219 & 220)

O Life that maketh all things new, The blooming earth, the thoughts of men;

Our pilgrim feet, wet with Thy dew, In gladness hither turn again.

From hand to hand the greeting flows, From eye to eye the signals run,

From heart to heart the bright hope glows, The seekers of the Light are one:

One in the freedom of the truth, One in the joy of paths untrod,

One in the heart’s perennial youth, One in the larger thought of God;—

The freer step, the fuller breath, The wide horizon’s grander view;

The sense of Life that knows no death,— The Life that maketh all things new.

Hymn 97 (and 98)

He that goeth forth with weeping, Bearing still the precious seed, Never tiring, never sleeping, Soon shall see his toil succeed;

Showers of rain will fall from heaven, Then the cheering sun will shine; So shall plenteous fruit be given, Through an influence all divine.

Sow thy seed, be never weary, Let not fear thy thoughts employ; Though the prospect seem most dreary, Thou shalt reap the fruits of joy:

Lo, the scene of verdure brightening, See the rising grain appear; Look again, the fields are whitening, Harvest time is surely here.

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