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[PSST: Wake up from the dust of today!]
P
ossible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Adam and Fallen Man”
for Sunday, November 5, 2017

prepared by John Biggs, CS of Maryland Heights, MO
(541.418.1176 / JohnBiggsCS@gmail.com / JohnBiggsCS.com)

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What does the concept of being fallen, mean? Is it relevant to our students today?

PSST Golden Text (GT): What might we need to wake up from? What is the 'dust' of today?

PSST Responsive Reading (RR): What does the new man look like? How do we know if we have put on the new man? What are some resources we have that can help us in this transformation? What does it mean, to have the victory through Jesus Christ? How can we practice being steadfast?

PSST Section 1: What does it matter to us today, whether we are spiritual or a mix of matter and Spirit? Do we need to feel afraid of this [same old] 'dusty story?' What are some elements of 'dust' that might try to cling to us today? Will you ever actually be material?

Have you ever had interfaith or ecumenical (Christian to non-Christian or Christian to Christian) conversations and not known what to share about Christian Science? Many people are intrigued by the concept Christian Science brings to the table of the story of Adam and Eve being a creation myth instead of literal history. Citations S3 and S4 could be very good to have in your back pocket of things to remember, if anyone you are speaking with is interested in the perspective Christian Science brings to the story of creation. [The benefits of “choosing the best, and… helping others thus to choose” between a Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 self-concept are spelled out in a simple poem in the upper right download. (My. 165:2)]

PSST Section 2: What might the "deep sleep" symbolize for today? (B5) How can you 'shake yourself from the dust’ this week? (B6)

Why is it important to be clear that there's only one creator and one creation? (S11) If you really knew matter was no part of your life or identity, what would you feel empowered to do? How can you help yourself keep realizing that you really are not material?

PSST Section 3: Just because Adam and Eve is a myth, does that mean we should ignore it? What are some lessons we can immediately gain from this story? What are the various characters in today's world? What / who is the apple, the serpent, Eve, Adam, the anthropomorphized character of God? How does the everlasting nature of God (B10) help us when we feel overwhelmed by the material sense of things? How can you express more of the qualities that Mary Baker Eddy extols in citation S13 when she elaborates on Eve expressing penitence?

PSST Section 4: What would you like to have your eyes opened to, this week? [A possible CedarS reenactment skit (available in the upper right download) illustrates Jesus' method of showing contempt for the dust-man cause of all blindness and the need to wash it off.] What does that Genesis 1 likeness of God (B12) look and feel like? Does it have anything to do with how you compare to the way others look or act? From citation B12, do you ever look to the past or to blaming yourself or others for a situation you find yourself in? How can we break free from the habit of looking to a cause other than God?

Citation S17 is a great help as we learn to look more single-mindedly to God. Are you wrestling with any beliefs of heredity or something that just seems like it's there to stay? Can this Sunday School class help give some ideas to handle those claims? How can you support each other in looking only to God?

PSST Section 5: Do you ever notice how in verse 41 of citation B15, Jesus hasn't said anything before he thanks God for always hearing him? That must mean that Jesus was glad that God always knew what he was thinking! Can you say with gratitude, at any time, "Father-Mother, thank you for hearing me always, even when I'm not talking"? What could be the importance of this purity and consistency of thought in relation to healing?

Does citation S23 seem like something you could practically realize and base your days on? What would it mean for you, for there to be no death?

PSST Section 6: There is definitely a theme of sleep and waking up. Hymn 412 [“O dreamer, leave thy dreams for joyful waking…” ] is all about this too. Does this section or that hymn give you any ideas that are immediately helpful in your desire to wake up? What are we waking up from? Do we really need to wake up? Why is it hard to wake up? Are you alone in this effort? How can you support your community in waking to the glory of God?

Thank you for your thoughtfulness in preparing for Sunday School this week! What a wonderful opportunity to bless our communities!

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