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PSST: Your Christ light! Consistently watch, work & pray that it be not hid! (S26, 367:17)
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“Christ Jesus”
for Sunday, August 30, 2020

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

P.S.S.T. for The Golden Text

Why is it significant for David to be Jesus’ ancestor? (David was a great king / fulfillment of prophesy) How is Jesus the root of David when Joseph was not his father? (Joseph raised him)

Discuss what the morning star is. Here are some examples to get you started:

  • (literally Venus) Light
  • We see Christ’s expression of love tangibly
  • A visible reminder of something which is always present, but more visible at certain times than others in our lives…

P. S.S.T. for The Responsive Reading

What is the message Jesus sends back to John the Baptist who asks if Jesus is the prophesied Messiah, “he that should come” (see Luke 7:19-22)? How do we have “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”?

P.S.S.T. for Section 1 – Fulfilling Prophecy

Citation B1 (II Peter 1:19) –in talking about “Jesus Christ… the day star dawn… in our hearts”— develops the “Morning Star” theme from the Golden Text (Rev. 22:16). What is the significance? Why did Jesus read from Isaiah in the synagogue in Citation B3, Luke 4:16? (fulfilling prophesy)
Did Jesus receive a warm response from people in his own town of Nazareth? (no, Luke 4:21+)

Who can express the Christ idea (Citation S1, 333:16+)?
What gave Jesus authority to heal (Citation S2, 26:12+)?

Citation S3 (131:26+) points to healing demonstrations as the proof of Jesus’ Christly divine authority. Can we express this same Christly authority over sin, sickness, and death? Yes–when we pray as Jesus taught us—see Section 3.

P.S.S.T for Section 2 – Being a Disciple

How is “the glory of the Lord” risen upon you (citation B5, Isa. 60:1)?
Why is it significant that Isaiah’s promise was repeated in Matthew 4:14, 16 (B6) just before Jesus met Simon and Andrew invited them to be his disciples? What does it mean to be “fishers of men” (citation B6, Matt 4:19)?

How did Jesus map out the path for us (citation S4, 38:24)?
How are you “advancing spiritually” (citation S6, 21:9)?
Discuss how it is a “duty and privilege” to follow Jesus’ example (citation S8, 37:20+).

P.S.S.T. for Section 3 – Learning how to Pray

Read Citation B9, Luke 11:1-4. Highlight the request of the disciples asking Jesus how to pray. Set the scene. What would that have been like to be there with Jesus in the moment? We should be grateful to have his instructions at our fingertips in the Bible.

Verses from Matthew 6:6-8 & 21:22 (citations B10 & B11) plus ideas from Science and Health’s chapter on “Prayer” (citation S12 (1:1+) & S13,14 (15:9+, 13:10+) expand on how to pray. What are some of the qualities you will strive to express in order to pray more effectively?
How many items can you list? (Ask your students to get a writing utensil and paper before class begins.) If you are holding class over the internet, students can type their responses in the chat window.

  • Humility
  • Focus / Silence the distractions
  • Sincerity / Mean what you ask & Put your prayers into action
  • (Keep listing more qualities)

Refer to the PSST questions for Section 5 about the outcome of prayer.

P.S.S.T. for Section 4 – May our hearts burn within us

What is significant about the walk to Emmaus (citation B15, Luke 24)?
What change and transformation occurred for the two disciples that met Jesus?
Discuss the statement, “did not our heart burn within us” (Luke 24:32).
What does that mean? Have you ever felt this way?

Refer to citation S15 (46:5) to see what Mary Baker Eddy shared about the walk to Emmaus.

Talk about the important time between the resurrection & the ascension. What happened to the disciples? What more did they learn about Jesus & healing (citation S16, 45:32 and S17, 47:5)?

What direction does Mary Baker Eddy give us about reaching out and sharing with others? (citation S19, 570:14+ answers these questions)

  • Are there many seekers?
  • Are small acts of kindness meaningful? (You can be inspired to do just the right thing.)
  • Should we be afraid to help others when we are inspired to do so?

P.S.S.T. for Section 5 – Results of Prayer

Citation S20 (458:32) reads “Christianity causes men to turn naturally from matter to Spirit, as the flower turns from darkness to light.”
What qualities are expressed or strengthened by turning to Spirit? Give examples.
Christianity brings out:

  • Purity
  • Honesty
  • Humility
  • Integrity
  • Peace
  • Balance…

Interestingly, are any of the qualities which Christianity strengthens the same as the ones we strive to express when praying?

Does this help lead us to a point of “constant prayer” (citation S23, 15”26+) where we express divine qualities both in order to pray and as a result of prayer?

Refer back to the PSST questions for Section 3 about the inputs for prayer.

Look at the examples of prayer in action through our lives in citation S23, “Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers…” (p. 15:26+)
Can you add examples of living prayer from your life?

  • Patience
  • Obedience
  • Listening…

P.S.S.T. for Section 6 – Let your light shine

Discuss citation B21, Matthew 11:28-30.
What does it mean for Jesus’ yoke to be easy and his burden to be light?

How are you letting your light shine (citation B23, Matthew 5:16)?
What does it mean to let your light shine?
Discuss the impact you can have on others by living what you are praying—not in an egotistical way, but by demonstrating Christianity in your actions and life choices.

What enables you to demonstrate the rule of healing (citation S24, 496:15)?

What is the Comforter that Jesus promised (citation B22, John 14:16 and S25, 55:22+)?

How are you following the charge that Mary Baker Eddy gives in citation S26, 367:17?

What does it mean for salt to not lose its saltness and light be not hid (this is originally found in the Sermon on the Mount, Matt 5:13-16)?

How are you watching, working, and praying that your salt doesn’t lose its saltness and your light be not hid? (citation S26, 367:17)

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