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Younger Class “Truth” Lesson ideas for 1/28 Sunday School
Possible Younger Sunday School Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

for Sunday, January 28, 2024

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, of House Springs, MO • 314-406-0041

PYCL #1: Share examples of the moral courage it takes say and do right, especially when it’s not the popular thing to say or do.

This lesson has a bit of a theme about moral courage in speaking/demonstrating truth. See if any of the students have ever experienced a challenge in stating something in a group setting that they know to be true, but might be unpopular. This would be an exercise for slightly older students.

Discuss the difference between self righteously seeing oneself as “good” or right, while seeing another as “bad” or wrong. Standing up for truth does not mean being “better” than others. Now read or tell some of the stories that illustrate moral courage in our lesson this week.

In our Responsive Reading Jesus courageously faces crucifixion for his stand on truth/Truth (John 17:1, 18:1,12,19-38 (to?).

Next we have the story of the two Kings in Israel (King of Israel and King of Judah). Micaiah the prophet speaks the truth about the outcome of engaging the Syrians in battle. This gets him thrown in prison. (citation B5/1Kings 22:2-9, cit. B6/II Chron. 18:12-17, 25-34).

Then we have the trial allegory from Science & Health. This is threaded through Section 4 in excerpts and emphasizes the need for the prayerful moral courage to stand up for truth/Truth, against societal claims such as material medicine, anatomy, physiology, hypnotism, envy, greed, and ingratitude.

Another example of this courage is found in citation B13/Acts 14:8-15 when Paul heals a crippled man and all the people who saw this start calling him Mercury, a Roman God (and his partner Barnabus they called Jupiter). Paul had to really announce the truth of who he was and demand that the onlookers see this demonstration as proof of the fact that he was healing not through personal ability, but through divine reflection. Find the thread in these stories/allegories of what kind of moral courage it takes to state the truth.

PYCL #2:  Share examples of why [Truth never lets us really feel at peace about doing something we know is NOT right, “as long as we don’t get caught…”]

In our Responsive Reading Pilate asks Jesus “what is truth?” John 18:38 (to?)  What answers do the students have for this question?
Why was it hard for Pilate to understand?
When you think about God as Truth, maybe you can see where the answer might evade someone like Pilate?
Are there times when it evades us?

What about times where we do something we want to do, but know we shouldn’t, and we feel fine with it as long as we don’t get caught?
Come up with some examples together.

PYCL #3: Cut out a big letter T this week to fill with qualities Truth brings to mind

Last week we cut out a large letter L and filled it with as many qualities of “Life” as we could think. How about cutting out a big letter T this week and filling it with the qualities Truth brings to mind to put next to our “L”?

PYCL #4:  Share how Truth opens windows and new views! 

In citation B3/Ps. 15:1,2 the Psalmist asks “Who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.” It’s easy to think that this is a “do good — God will reward you” scenario. This is old school theology. It’s helpful to understand the truth behind this kind of statement and realize that what they are saying is that when we find ourselves “abiding” in God’s holy place, that’s when we are doing right, working to do what is honest, etc. and “speaking the truth in [our] hearts”.

Doing right things with all our heart is like opening a closed and curtained window. We suddenly have a new view and we see that truly where we dwell is in God’s holy place or tabernacle. This is not a “reward” that God bestows, it is what happens when we are seeing truth and demonstrating it! God’s goodness, ever-present truth, becomes apparent to us!

PYCL #5: How has each of you tried to “rise above material sense” to demonstrate the truth of spiritual sense this week?

Sometimes it’s hard to look past the matter in front of us to see the spiritual truth. Mary Baker Eddy tells us in citation S4/262:10 that “We must reverse our feeble flutterings — our efforts to find life and truth in matter — and rise above the testimony of the material senses, above the mortal to the immortal idea of God.”

What are some ways that we can “rise above the testimony of material sense”? Can you bring some examples to share?

We rise above not by ignoring the feeling or testimony, but by acknowledging and replacing it, by demonstrating, in some small way, the truth of God’s presence!

Together make a list of ways that each of you has demonstrated truth in some way this past week!

Have a great time in Sunday School!

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