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Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

Sacrament”
for Sunday, July 12, 2015

By Tom and Amy Evans, former CedarS staff members.

What is Sacrament in general for the Christian Church?
Eating Bread and drinking wine to commemorate the Last Supper and taking Jesus’ words literally “this is my body and this is my blood”

PSST for the Golden Text and Responsive Reading
Please describe the kingdom of God. Do it without physical pleasures or descriptions like "meat and drink". Can it be here? Is the kingdom here, now?

Is Matthew 10:8 familiar? How can we be sure the things we desire are holy and right? (They are humble requests that bless others…) What was it that James and John’s mother was asking on their behalf?

PSST for Section 1
Look for examples of purity in the next two sections. What does purity have to do with sacrament? Christ is often seen as the lamb, a pure and innocent sacrifice that made no mistakes. How is this significant? How can we stop seeing ourselves as sinful and start recognizing our inherent purity?

What scene is described in citation B2? (The Exodus) What evidence is there for Paul’s statement that the rock or foundation was Christ? Citation B2 corresponds with citation S4. Can Christ be the same provision for the Israelites in the Exodus as for Mary Baker Eddy’s description of baptism, church and the Eucharist? What is the role of leaven in citation B3? What IS leaven (google it!)? How can Christ be a rock in citation B2, leaven in citation B3 and other qualities in citation B4? Look at citation S2. What other sacrament is there? Find some other examples of spiritual sacraments in this week’s lesson. Start with citation S4. How are we baptized? What does purity have to do with baptism?

PSST for Section 2
“He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire” (B7). What is John the Baptist talking about here? [See Download 2 at http://www.cedarscamps.org/metaphysical/articles/2015/7/live-the-sacraments-every-day/ ] What does that mean? How are we submerged in Spirit (S6)? Look to citation S7 for guidance. Give an example of “washing the body of all the impurities of flesh”. Look at citation S9. What is a “thought model”? Why does it matter what we are thinking about? What does “perfect God and perfect man” look like? Citation S10 says “Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony”. Why is this the case? Hint: you can’t return to something you never left! Why is Christian Science so adamant about understanding our perfection? (This is key to spiritual growth and healing!)

PSST for Section 3
What is Passover? What is the history behind it? When did it take place (right before the Exodus)? It is commemorated every year by the Jews.

How do we do the same work Jesus did (B9)? How can I heal like Jesus? Look at the broader picture of this section. “Bread, the Christ, came down from heaven.” How can your class substantiate this idea? What passages support it? “I am that bread of life” Does Jesus literally mean he is processed grain, flower, and yeast baked in an oven? (no) What does it mean to eat Jesus’ flesh and drink his blood? Spiritualize this statement and put it in your own words. Provision is made for a place to have the Last Supper. Did Jesus pull out his smartphone and make reservations ahead of time? (Nope!) Why is this provision important enough to have been recorded in the Gospel of Matthew? Wow. Read citation S15 again. What steps can you take to live like this? “Have more faith in the truth of being than we have in error…”

PSST for Section 4
Is Jesus 100% confident when he is in the garden of Gethsemane? Does he show any doubt? Mrs. Eddy talks about a “dead rite” (S17). What is a rite? Is it a positive thing? (no) What is Mrs. Eddy referring to? (The physical act of sacrament) Look at all the references to cups in this section. How is the cup that Jesus asked to have taken from him (B14) the same as the cup Mrs. Eddy asks if we are drinking (S17) How is it different? What else is Mrs. Eddy talking about in citation S17? Are you leaving “all for the Christ-principle? She also continues “if a friend be with us, why need we memorials of that friend?” It seems that the heart of this question is talking about the Christ and not the man Jesus. Aren’t we all expressions of the Christ? Is this friend with us now? Has the Christ ever left us? The true strength of this friend lies in the Christ. Look at citation S18. How did Jesus express the Christ specifically?

PSST for Section 5
What does the text imply when Jesus called the disciples “children”? (frustration, the lack of understanding or trust of the disciples, students who had a long way to go in their understanding of Jesus’ teachings…) How can we mature in our understanding of what Jesus taught? Why does Mrs. Eddy say the disciples attempt to fish was “fruitless”? Talk through the whole event or “pericope” with your class.

PSST for Section 6
How are you being “roused to an enlarged understanding of divine Science, even to the spiritual interpretation and discernment of Jesus’ teachings and demonstrations” (S23)? Give an example of this change in thought in your own experience. What is the result of following the instructions of Jesus (S24)? How does this help us be more willing to take up the cross? Are you ready to bring in the millennium (S25)? What do you need to change in yourself bless the world?

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