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PSST:Give glory to God by walking humbly with Him!

P ossible S unday S chool T opics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Sacrament”

for January 12, 2020

By Lindsey Biggs, C.S.

P.S.S.T. for Golden Text

How do we give glory to God? How can sports, academics, relationships, etc. be an avenue for

giving glory to God? Hint: Expressing God is a great way to give glory to Him. Letting our light

shine gives glory to Him. What are some times when we might be tempted to hide our light and

prevent God from being glorified? How do we overcome these? How can we be watchful of

thoughts of “self” that get in the way of giving glory to God?

P.S.S.T. for Responsive Reading

“let us kneel before the Lord our maker.” Consider discussing how the order of services is

distinct on Sacrament Sunday in the Christian Science Church. What is the symbolism of

kneeling during the Lord’s Prayer? How can kneeling be spiritually significant for members of

the congregation?

“Give thanks unto the Lord…make known his deeds among the people.” How does gratitude

help us? Is there a daily practice of gratitude that you can incorporate? How does gratitude

make you feel? Consider how testimony meetings are evidence of making “known his deeds

among the people”.

“Be mindful always of his covenant” What is a covenant? What was the covenant that was made

through Moses? How was this covenant made “new” through Jesus? How do we live this

covenant today?

P.S.S.T. for Section 1 – Humbly walk with God

Talk about the quality of humility. What does it mean? What are some ways that we can be

humble. Again, letting our light shine is one way of being humble. We are being a reflection — an

expression — of God! How is humility the opposite of pride, arrogance, self-doubt, or

self-condemnation? Humility is being a window for God. How is being governed by God and

throwing of limitations a way of being humble? (S5)

Mrs. Eddy writes: Humility is lens and prism to the understanding of Mind-healing; it must be

had to understand our textbook; it is indispensable to personal growth, and points out the chart

of its divine Principle and rule of practice. (Mis. 356:25)

Why is humility necessary to understand Christian Science?

Look up Micah 6:8 in various translations. Maybe make a decorative note for students to take

home of these 3 things God requires of us: 1. To do justly 2. To love mercy 3. To walk humbly

with God. What does doing justly mean? What does mercy mean?

What does it mean to live spiritually? Why do you think this helps us to feel at peace? To feel

God’s presence and love?

P.S.S.T. for Section 2 – Living in service to God

What are burnt offerings? What is the difference between burnt offerings and sin offerings? How

were these used as a way to worship God in the early Old Testament writings? Why do you

think God is saying He/She is not satisfied with burnt offerings? What type of sacrifices does

God want instead? How can we live in service to God?

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person

by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and

pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 New Living Translation

Thinking about New Years, have your students made any goals for the year? What are some

spiritual goals we can make? What are some new ways we want to think this year or qualities

we want to express?

P.S.S.T. for Section 3 – Baptism of Spirit

Look up and explore the definition of baptism in Science and Health in the Glossary. What does

baptism look like in other Christian churches? Why do we look to a spiritual sense of baptism?

How can live the spiritual definition of baptism on a daily basis?

Who was John the Baptist? How was he related to Jesus? What was John the Baptist’s role?

Explore Jesus love and appreciation for John the Baptist in Matthew 11:7-19

9 “But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a

prophet. 10 “This is the one about whom it is written, ‘BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER

AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE YOU.’

11 “Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than

John the Baptist! …“For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 “And if you are

willing to accept it, John himself is Elijah who was to come.

Have you ever had to be humble, like John the Baptist was, and help someone else succeed?

How did that feel?

What do you think it would have been like to hear God’s voice saying to you “This is my beloved

son (or daughter) in whom I am well pleased”. How can we know ourselves as the appreciated

and loved creation of God each day?

P.S.S.T. for Section 4 – The spiritual sense of the Eucharist

What is the Eucharist? How is this exemplified in other Christian churches? What is the spiritual

significance that Mary Baker Eddy gives us? See citationsS22 and S23.

MyBibleLesson points out that the last supper is mentioned in 3 of the 4 gospels. In the Gospel

of John, however, writes about Jesus’ washing the disciples’ feet instead.

What is the spiritual significance of both of these references? What qualities do they exemplify?

What was Jesus asking his followers to do? How does this relate back to Micah 6:8?

P.S.S.T. for Section 5 – Jesus laying down his life

Jesus literally layed down his life for his friends. How can live from this standpoint of service?

Are there ways that our day-to-day interactions with others and relationships with friends can

exemplify this?

How can the “divine overcome the human” (S24) in our conversations with others? How is this

another example of putting of self? What are some of the “selfs” that we want to sacrifice in

order to express God more clearly? Explore self-will, self-justification, and self-love on page 242

of Science and Health.

Picture a scale where you have 2 sides. Explore S28. Notice how putting unselfishness,

goodness, mercy, justice, health, holineness, and love in one side means there is no “weight” on

the side of error or darkness. Living the kingdom of heaven means error disappears from our

lives. How can we put more weight on the side of the spirituality?

P.S.S.T. for Section 6 – Be a positive example

Why did the disciples go back to fishing? How do you think they felt seeing Jesus again after the

resurrection? How did seeing him alive invigorate and encourage them in their ministry? How do

we have the choice everyday to cast our nets on the right side? What is the symbolism of being

able to catch an abundance of fish by casting our net on the right side and following Jesus

instruction?

How can you be an example at school in charity, spirit, faith and purity? (B20) Does it take

courage and confidence to do so? What would you do if you knew the Christ was empowering

you each step of the way? Why is good leadership important? What does it show others?

Check out the Contemporary English Version of I Timothy 4:12:

12 Don’t let anyone make fun of you, just because you are young. Set an example for other

followers by what you say and do, as well as by your love, faith, and purity.

Enjoy your classes!

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