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Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for

“Man”

on September 4, 2016

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

Pycl #1: This might sound obvious, but you could have a pitcher of water on the table with an empty glass. Show them that the pitcher contains only water. Ask: "If I pour this water into the glass, what is going to be in the glass? Can anything but water come out of the pitcher?" Now look at the Responsive Reading, Ps. 89:14. Keep in mind that judgment could also be defined as righteousness and that the word habitation comes from a Hebrew word that means "foundation". What does a person that sits on a throne do? They rule, right? So if God's “rulership” and government has its very foundation in justice and judgment then it's like that pitcher of water that can only pour out water. Only justice, only righteousness can come from God's government, because they are the very foundation of His rule. This lesson helps us see that man is only subject to the just and good rule of our very source, God or Principle. Man, like a ray of light that comes from the sun, proceeds from God only, and can only possess God's health, beauty, intelligence and so on. Will material sense back up this truth? Not usually, but if we do as Mrs. Eddy directs in citation S25 and "…cling steadfastly to God and His idea." and "let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being…" then we will be able to prove for ourselves this fact.

Pycl #2: Make the distinction between perfect in the Bible and "perfection" in human terms. If we are looking to be humanly "without any mistakes", we are trying to make a really wonderful "Adam man". This is merely another kind of materialism. In the Bible "perfect" means whole or complete. God's creation is complete, not needing anything. Does that mean we don't work to demonstrate that sometimes? No! But we do this from the standpoint of the fact of our perfect, whole, being… a fact that we are striving to see here and now. Looking at citation S5, you could say that the "true conception" of man makes our reflected perfection visible to us.

Pycl #3: Read the story of Zelophehad's daughters. Remind them how recently women in our country have had the right to vote and that in Mrs. Eddy's day it was very difficult for a married woman to own property; it always belonged to the husband, and so on. Then look at how many years ago this took place and how cool it is that this was recognized as a right thing to do. Note the fact that Moses "brought their cause before God" (B7). What does that mean? Can we bring our challenges before God? How do we do this? When we ask God to help us in times where things seem unfair, rather than asking mom or dad to solve a problem or just to solve it ourselves what can happen? Do you think that new ideas will occur to us that solve these challenges peacefully and in ways that give us satisfaction and joy? What happens when we solve injustices by "ourselves" thinking that we are separate opinionated little minds trying to make sure we get "what's ours"? (I'm thinking here of how my own boys seem to get into an awful lot of battles over things that they think are unfair). What exactly are we doing when we bring our problem to God? Are we informing God of something so that He can tell us what to do? Well, no, not really! We are really acknowledging that God is the only Mind. That God knows all to be good and fair. That God is Love that is "impartial and universal in its adaptations and bestowals." (S9) What does that sentence mean? We are letting go of our own strong sense of how things should go, what seems fair to us, and listening for what Mind already knows that He has given to us, His reflection. Suddenly, we can find ourselves feeling full of satisfaction and joy when we listen and let go of a sense of "separateness" that makes us feel insulted, hurt, or unfairly treated. Those feelings come from thinking that man is actually a separate mind from God, Mind. Because we are all "of" God, we inherit all good from Him!

Pycl #4: Most of these little guys aren't interested in talking about marriage. But Section 3 is also talking about our completeness. Each of us contains all the qualities of manhood and womanhood. This is the kind of perfection that we were talking about in Pycl #2. When we keep all those qualities even in our consciousness and see ourselves having a union of all those qualities, we find that we understand more of God (and man), get along better with others, and also we are able to feel more compassion for each other. Bring in a simple puzzle and leave out a piece or two. Have them put it together. Is it unsatisfying to put it together when there are pieces missing? Well, that's how it is if we think of ourselves as not having everything that we need. We will be happy and satisfied if we recognize that we are God's man, made without anything missing!

Pycl #5: If you haven't tried this already from past Pycls, try having them take turns describing each other WITHOUT using physical attributes. They can only use qualities. Maybe you could think about how qualities that they think of contribute to a complete picture of someone. If there seem to be qualities lacking, can we think about how we include them, how can we demonstrate those qualities more, since they must already be a part of the complete man? If beauty is not in matter (“comeliness and grace”, S20), then what is it, where is it? What is "the recipe for beauty"? Can you make up little recipe books for them to take home? You could come up with silly ideas like a recipe for "comforting cookies" or "helpful tea cakes". Whatever they can think of, and then have the recipe include qualities of Soul as well as removing "illusion" or things that are deceiving us about something in God's creation.

Pycl #6: What kinds of rights did God give to us? Think of the story in Section 5 about the bent-over woman that Jesus healed. What rights did Jesus see her deserving and, in fact, having? Are we all given the right to health and wholeness? Can you think of how this fact can contribute to our own healing work?

Hope this gives you some ideas for Sunday!

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