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[PSST: Watch thought and align it with your true inheritance!]

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

Doctrine of Atonementfor April 11-17, 2016

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS 314-308-1059

P.S.S.T. Golden Text – What transformation is mentioned in the Golden Text? What is the difference between being a servant in a household and the son of the householder? Define ‘heir.’ Ask students to write down three qualities they have inherited as the heir or child of God. Read together Hymn 279 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below).

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading (RR) – In the Responsive Reading is another use of the word ‘servant.’ Define servant. What are two statements of servitude stated in the RR? Servants of sin and servants of God. What are the results stated of each type of servitude?

What transformation is called for in Romans 12:2? Be alert, transformation does not mean changing bad matter into good matter, but watching thought and aligning it with your true inheritance. Such transformation is the “…good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – What is stated in citation B-3 as transformation that brings salvation to each one? These are specific counterfacts to the counterfeits of the belief of life in matter, of living as a mortal in a chaotic, physical world (S-3).

Read together Hymn 274 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below). Unity or oneness with God is our standpoint. Citation S-4 shows what is our daily work in our life-practice as heirs of God. Ask students to write down at least one quality they desire to practice for the week. They can report how they did at next week’s Sunday School class. They may also report on any transformation that occurred as a result.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What is the prayer of petition in citation B-6? This prayer also aligns with Hymn 304 in the Christian Science Hymnal (below). Read it together.

Why were the people amazed in the Bible story in citation B-8**? What “devils” were cast out? Who was Beelzebub? It comes from a god worshipped by the Philistines known as Baal. The full name is Baal Zebuwb. As an heir or son of the King, who will you follow, Baal or God? How will you express that sonship? Citation S-6 tells us a primary way – “Love for God and man….”

Ask students to memorize citation S-8. This passage is frequently in the Lesson-Sermons. This accurately states a demand on us as heir to the kingdom. What do you think you can do with the clarity of such beholding?

Read together I John 3:1-3. Do students know this is read in Christian Science churches each Sunday following the reading of the Scientific Statement of Being? See the Church Manual 121:13.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What do you think Jesus meant in citation B-10? “Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” As heir to the kingdom, Jesus was praying for you in citation B-11**. This is a prayer of affirmation declaring your unity with God. Is there such a thing as partial unity? What do you think it means to have the fullness of unity? Look for key words in B-12: one, unity, fullness. How long will you have oneness, unity, fullness? S-14.

Read citation S-9 as a statement of how you express or demonstrate this oneness, unity, fullness. Imagine what you might do as you and the king, standing next to each other, tour the kingdom. Ask students to share what they imagine this would look like in their experience. Read together Hymn 204 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Why did Jews pick up stones to stone Jesus in citation B-13? How many Egos, Minds, or Kings are there? If we lose sight of One through sin, how can we transform our thought and restore ourselves and others to our rightful home and classification? See citation S-15, SH 315:16-20 and 32-7.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What was the penultimate demonstration of man’s unity with God stated in this section? Christian Science does not leave Jesus in the tomb, but acknowledges the significance of the resurrection. [B16**] Read aloud together this entire section. What is the ultimate message? S-20.

The stone rolled away proves the result of at-one-ment. Remember oneness, unity, fullness. Can man (you) ever be unexpressed, disjointed, or un-united, inharmonious, imperfect, destructible, or destroyed? As heir to the King you have dominion. Your job is to demonstrate that oneness, unity, fullness. Read together Hymn 72 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – What are we called in citation B-21? Children of God, heirs of God.

What is a ‘doctrine’? What is the doctrine of Christian Science? S-23.

Read together citation S-25 as another clear statement of oneness, unity, fullness.

Hymn 279:

Pilgrim on earth, home and heaven are within thee,

Heir of the ages and child of the day.

Cared for, watched over, beloved and protected,

Walk thou with courage each step of the way.

Truthful and steadfast though trials betide thee,

Ever one thing do thou ask of thy Lord,

Grace to go forward, wherever He guide thee,

Gladly obeying the call of His word.

Healed is thy hardness, His love hath dissolved it,

Full is the promise, the blessing how kind;

So shall His tenderness teach thee compassion,

So all the merciful, mercy shall find.

Hymn 274:

Partners of a glorious hope, Lift your hearts and voices up;

Nobly let us bear the strife, Keep the holiness of life.

Still forget the things behind, Follow God, the only Mind,

To the mark unwearied press, Seize the crown of righteousness.

In our lives our faith be known, Faith by holy actions shown;

Faith that mountains can remove, Faith that always works by love.

Hymn 304:

Shepherd, show me how to go O’er the hillside steep,

How to gather, how to sow,—How to feed Thy sheep;

I will listen for Thy voice, Lest my footsteps stray;

I will follow and rejoice All the rugged way.

Thou wilt bind the stubborn will, Wound the callous breast,

Make self-righteousness be still, Break earth’s stupid rest.

Strangers on a barren shore, Lab’ring long and lone,

We would enter by the door, And Thou know’st Thine own;

So, when day grows dark and cold, Tear or triumph harms,

Lead Thy lambkins to the fold, Take them in Thine arms;

Feed the hungry, heal the heart, Till the morning’s beam;

White as wool, ere they depart, Shepherd, wash them clean.

Hymn 204:

O Father, Thy kingdom is come upon earth,

Thou rulest in all Thy creation;

Thou sendest Thy witnesses, telling Thy worth,

To call and entreat every nation,

With news of Thy mighty salvation.

They lift up a light amid shadows of fear,

And Love is Thy banner above them;

No trouble shall touch them, no foes that appear

Shall e’er from their loyalty move them;

’Tis Thou dost uphold and approve them.

They go in Thy strength, and they speak in Thy name,

With power of Thy promise forth faring,

And during the battle the victory claim,—

Their trust in Thy truth is their daring,

Salvation to all men declaring.

Hymn 72:

Glory be to God on high, God whose glory fills the sky;

Peace on earth to man is given, Man, the well-beloved of heaven.

Gracious Father, in Thy love, Send Thy blessings from above;

Let Thy light, Thy truth, Thy peace Bid all strife and tumult cease.

Mark the wonders of His hand: Power no empire can withstand;

Wisdom, angels’ glorious theme; Goodness one eternal stream.

All ye people, raise the song, Endless thanks to God belong;

Hearts o’erflowing with His praise, Join the hymns your voices raise.

[**Warren's PS1: See Online version of this Met (upper right) for inspiring Cobbey Crisler commentary Downloads on a few Bible citations in this Lesson.]

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