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[PYCL: Link Paul’s journeys to the subject, Life! See link to Paul's Amazing Race PDF]
CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lesson for The Christian Science Bible Lesson on:

Life

Sunday, July 20, 2014

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO
kerry.helen.jenkins@gmail.com   (314) 406-0041

[Click in the upper right of CedarS Met webpage this week a link to the 6 stations of "Paul's Amazing Race" by kayak & SUP around CedarS Mediterranean. These hopely can be adapted in your class to bring Paul's journeys & application ideas to life with activities and questions by CedarS Bible Lands Park Practitioner, Summer Wright, CS] 
 

[PYCL 1]
I think it would be really fun to spend the class looking at the life of Paul, and, of course, linking it to the subject, Life.  Why do the kids think they used so much of Paul's life in this lesson?  In what ways did his life exemplify Life?  Get out your maps of the Middle East all the way over to Greece and Rome.  Show where he had his conversion.  Maybe you could present each student with their own map and each could draw, with a colored pencil, Paul's journeys.  How many miles was each journey?  With the littler kids, talk about how far a mile is.  If they know some local distance, like how far they live from church, talk about walking that distance.  We are used to driving everywhere, but helping them get a real sense of what it meant to walk everywhere you went, can be really cool.  Why was Paul the 'perfect man for the job'?  (Not only was he receptive to the message of Christ Jesus, he was a Roman citizen and a Pharisee, giving him access to the protection of Roman law, and to preaching in the Jewish synagogue).  How many healings can you find together that involved Paul?  Isn't every healing an example of Life being expressed?  Jesus came to help us understand God better.  Paul did too, and made sure that as many people as possible got that Christ message, that God is not a mystery!  In what ways did Paul help people understand God better?  As you look at the maps you've made together, can you mark the places where each story about Paul in this week's lesson takes place?  If that goes quickly, you can find other 'Paul' stories that are in the Bible and see if you can place those together.  There are many.  You have his conversion, of course, you have the viper biting him, which happened between this week's story of the shipwreck and the healing of the chief's father on the island where they landed, you have the time that he “sang” his way out of prison.  You may want a list handy for them to look up so you don't miss any.  I love this opportunity to really use your Bibles together!  Talk about which chapters are attributed to Paul and what the purpose of some of those chapters served (letters to churches, to help them sort out various problems).  Anyway, you get the idea here, there is a pretty rich legacy that this great man left us, and a class studying the ways in which he exemplified, or expressed Life/God, might be a profitable one!!

[PYCL 2]
Memorize Acts 17:28 (to;) (the G.T) “For in him we live, and move, and have our being”.  What does that mean to the kids?  What does it mean to you?  Can you share examples of this in your own life?

[PYCL 3]
Knowing God is Life eternal (S3).  What does that mean to you/them?  And what is eternal Life (S4)?  I love the distinction she makes here about time and eternity.  With kids that are older than, say kindergarten or more, think about discussing the idea of eternity vs. time.  It's really fun to think about the statement that “…time is no part of eternity.”  Eternity is not a “really long time”!  How is it different?  Then what does eternal Life mean?

[PYCL 4]
You could look together at all the things in this week's lesson that are not part of Life.  For example, is accident part of Life?  Why or why not? (Section 2)  You could also ask if death is part of Life—both the stories in sections 2 and 3 really, as well as the shipwreck story… is disease a part of Life? And so on…

[PYCL 5]
Mrs. Eddy quotes a part of Paul's famous statement about never being separated from the love of Christ. This is a great quote for being away on summer travels and at camps.  Check it out together in Romans and think about how his life proved this to him.  Does matter sometimes get in the way of our seeing/feeling this closeness to the love of Christ?  Sure!  Did it sometimes obscure that love for Paul?  Think of the fact that he mentions in this lesson that he endured three separate shipwrecks, a stoning and three whippings.  We also know of imprisonments.  Do you think that he sometimes felt like things weren't going so well?  I think maybe he did, but I also think that he knew that God's love was always there and never doubted that it would become apparent to him!

[PYCL 6]
If the kids are a little older, I think it would be fun to point out how Mind led Paul in the circumstances told in Section 3.  He managed to escape a whipping from the Centurion because he claimed his Roman citizenship.  Then he was sharp enough to sow confusion among the Sadducees and Pharisees because he knew their age-old theological disagreements about resurrection!  It's really kind of a humorous story when you think about it.  How might we feel the intelligence of Mind saving our lives in contentious or complicated circumstances?  Do we listen quietly when things around us are loud and chaotic?  Do we really trust that Mind will lead us in a safe path?  Error is confused and confusing; Truth is clear and enlightening (and often peaceful)!

[PYCL 7]
Talk about the shipwreck and the pieces of the ship that the “non-swimmers” used to get them to the shore.  Give the kids some pieces of wood that represent pieces of the ship.  Have them consider what inspirations these pieces might represent that could get us through a “shipwreck” experience in our own lives.  You could write Bible quotes or quotes from Science & Health on these boards, or even look for just quotes that are attributed to Paul.

[PYCL 8]
Talk together about how we can live like Paul.  What do we need to do?  Do we have to travel and tell people about Jesus?  Yes and no… How might we “tell” people about the love of Christ?  Might we do it through our actions?  Can you think together of ways we could do this each day?  Maybe sometimes we really do share it in words, but maybe even more often through our “deeds”!

Have a great time with Paul this Sunday!

 

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