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[PYCL: Find the science of refusing to accuse! Let go of a false sense of yourself and of others! (#8)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for

“Christian Science”

on June 26, 2016

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO (314) 406-0041

Pycl #1: This is a great opportunity to talk about what makes Christian Science special as well as what makes it Christian. I never really thought it was important until I got old enough to think about how Christian Science fits in the world community. I don't mean what do others think of Christian Science. But what does this movement share with Christianity worldwide, and what makes Christian Science unique? Just look at the final citation of this week's lesson to see that we might want to understand what "Christian" means and how we, as Christian Scientists, are part of Christianity.

Pycl #2: There is a focus on God's promise to us. There are many mentions of this word 'promise'. What is a promise? (For the younger ones) Have you ever made a promise you have broken? Does God? What is the promise that God made to us? (The Comforter… Divine Science!!!) Find all the mentions of the word promise and see if we can together characterize these promises. What do they do? What does it consist of? How have we seen it fulfilled in our experience. Share a healing that stems from this promise.

Pycl #3: Why do they think Mrs. Eddy discovered and founded Christian Science as a denomination? (For one answer see citation S2) Also, how are we held "in bondage"? (Do they know what that means?)

Pycl #4: I know this might seem like a "short answer" question but it is important to understand in order to even begin a Christian Science treatment. What is "the starting point of Christian Science?" (S3) Why? This can really go deep when you consider how important God's allness, might, and love are. These ingredients are what make God worth worshiping and understanding.

Pycl #5: If you feel like continuing last week's discussion on the importance of spiritually interpreting the Scriptures, you can look at Mrs. Eddy's interpretation of them in citation S4 where she defines the Red Sea, the desert, and the Promised Land. She turns these way-marks of their travels into symbols for the challenges they faced, or the guidance God gave in His pillar of cloud and fire. These are just good reminders of how richly the Bible can contribute to our experience when we see it spiritually.

Pycl #6: With the little ones, check out citation B1. "Stand up and bless the Lord your God…" . Have each one jump up from their chair and share something that they know and love about God or a "blessing" if you will. It could be a way to prepare for the Wednesday evening testimony meeting, as many of us stand up to share our gratitude on Wednesday nights. Also, I like the connection between this verse and the healing of the woman that was bent over for eighteen years. Remember she was immediately "made straight, and glorified God." Is there symbolism in standing up, or in being made straight? The Pharisees were angry with Jesus for healing her on the Sabbath. But Jesus reminds them that this is the best way to bless and make holy, the Sabbath day. Healing shows man's upright nature as God's creation.

Pycl #7: Check out the two-part revelation of Christian Science that Mrs. Eddy shares in citation S6. Discovery and proof—are these elements of physical science as we know it today? Is it "over and done with?" Or is Science still being revealed to each of us? Aren't we still proving it too? What is a revelation? Is it only a "big" discovery? I also like Mrs. Eddy's "two essential points of Christian Science" in citation S9. What makes them essential?

Pycl #8: Another opportunity to "stand up" comes in Jesus' confrontation with the scribes and Pharisees that brought him the adulterous woman. I noticed that one reason for him to write on the ground, rather than watch these men, was to give them the chance to confront their own hypocrisy without challenging their ego, or their sense of being separate from God. He never looked up, never gave them reason to feel that their pride was challenged. Rather they were allowed to depart in contemplation of their own shortcomings. And then, Jesus didn't accuse her either! Can you overcome sin, "missing the mark", whether a bad habit or something more insidious, if you feel accused? What happens when you accuse someone of something? You have made it personal; you have seen them as separate from God, Good, doing something that is not characteristic of God (not reflecting God). When we personalize evil, we give it identity, "power", and it then seems harder to uproot. If we don't accuse (even ourselves) we have an easier time letting go of a false sense of ourselves. Then we can "stand up" rather than feeling burdened or ashamed of something that we don't want to carry around with us. Mrs. Eddy tells us in citation S18 that in overcoming sin "…the accuser is not there, and Love sends forth her primal and everlasting strain."

Pycl #8: Why is the First Commandment fundamental to Christian Science?

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