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PSST - PSST: Demonstrate your desire to serve and obey God and you will be divinely preserved!

Aubrey McMullin, CS Godrey, IL

[PSST: Demonstrate your desire to serve and obey God and you will be divinely preserved! ]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

for Sunday, December 13, 2015 on

“God the Preserver of Man”

by Aubrey McMullin, C.S., Godfrey, Illinois
(618) 578-9407 aubrey.mcmullin3@gmail.com

I love looking at and studying definitions with my Sunday School Students. One student shared that he never really thought of mesmerism (from the lesson a couple of weeks ago) as "a compelling attraction or fascination" as defined by The Random House College Dictionary Revised Edition, and that this new revelation had helped keep him in check! There are always good words in the lesson to look up in the dictionary, and my favorite dictionary to use is the 1828 Webster's Dictionary which is the dictionary that Mary Baker Eddy used in her study of The Bible. (Defined words are in bold CAPS.)

PSST Subject: A PRESERVER, as defined by the 1828 Webster's Dictionary, is "the person or thing that preserves; one that saves or defends from destruction or evil." How does God preserve man? How does God save or defend man from destruction or evil?

PSST Golden Text: Fear Not! One of my favorite acronyms for Fear (that Warren first coined) is: Forgetting Everything About Reality! How do we "fear not"? How do we consciously decide not to forget everything about reality? By remembering ONE thing! Each student can share a back pocket idea that they work with when dealing with fear, and if they don't have one then what a great opportunity to establish one!

PSST Responsive Reading: There is a lot in this week's Responsive Reading that shows us that God preserves us and protects us and is even "our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." So how are we to "be still, and KNOW" what we know about God and our relationship with God? KNOW, as defined by the 1828 Webster's Dictionary, means "to perceive with certainty; to understand clearly; to have a clear and certain perception of truth, fact, or any thing that actually exists... not to be doubtful." (emphasis added)

There is a great article written by Elizabeth Ruth Jenks that really handles the idea of knowing. It is titled No Why to a Lie and can be found in either February 2008 or September 2015 issue of the Christian Science Journal. Take a look at the part about the mathematics professor :) My students loved that part!

PSST Section 1: Again, we see in this section the word "refuge" in both Psalms and in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. So what does that really mean? When we say that God is our refuge, what are we saying? REFUGE, as defined by the 1828 Webster's Dictionary, is "that which shelters or protects from danger, distress or calamity; a strong hold which protects by its strength, or a sanctuary which secures safety by its sacredness; any place inaccessible to an enemy." What are some examples from our week that demonstrate that God is our refuge? [that includes un-hackable cyber-security.]

PSST Section 2: I love the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego! What FIDELITY* they expressed!! What have we experienced where there was no smell of fire afterwards? A favorite article of mine written by Louise Knight Wheatley touches on what this "smell of fire" might be in metaphysics... She wrote that ''the smell of fire" is the acknowledgment that an evil happened. It means that evil has a history. It means that although the fire is out now, it once existed, and we were in it. Check out her article titled The Smell of Fire. It can be found in the March 1920 issue of the Christian Science Journal.

PSST Section 3: What is meant by the first passage in this section of The Bible? What is the importance of the word ALL? "The whole quantity, extent, duration, amount, quality, or degree... This word, not only in popular language, but in the scriptures, often signifies, indefinitely, a large portion or number, or a great part" (1828 Webster's Dictionary). If Jesus healed ALL manner of sickness and ALL manner of disease among the people, then is there a quantity, time, or amount of any manner of sickness or any manner of disease that could exist today? What does that say about what our senses tell us? See what Mary Baker Eddy says in Unity of Good p. 8-12 about the physical senses, especially the first line answering her question on page 8!

PSST Section 4: Who are we going to be when facing a challenge? Mary or Martha? What is the difference between these sisters. Why did Martha run to meet Jesus? What FIDELITY she demonstrated when she said to Jesus, "even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee" (John 11:22). FIDELITY as defined by the 1828 Webster's Dictionary is "Faithfulness; careful and exact observance of duty, or performance of obligations." When we are demonstrating fidelity to what we KNOW of God and our relationship to Him/Her then we are making a conscious and careful observance of duty and a faithful one at that! The fidelity demonstrated in the story of Lazarus is what loosed him and let him go, freeing him from the illusion of death!

Also, take a look at the statement in Science and Health on page 493, "Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need." What is it about the words always and every that make that statement so important?!

PSST Section 5: In this section we are told and retold that God's laws embrace everyone! Have we ever not felt embraced or seen someone who might have felt that way? How do we embrace them in the divine law of Love when this may occur? "Citizens of the world, accept the 'glorious liberty of the children of God,' and be free! This is your divine right!" (S&H 227) In that demand, we are not told to discover or to create the glorious liberty of the children of God, we are told to ACCEPT it! We are told to "take or receive what is offered, with a consenting mind; to receive with approbation or favor!" We receive this liberty with a consenting mind!!

PSST Section 6: How do we wait upon the Lord? How do we choose to continually learn about our relationship with God? How do we LET the divine energy of Spirit bring us into newness of life? How do we LET the divine energy of Spirit give us the ability to recognize NO mortal nor material power as able to destroy? We WAIT upon the Lord, we "rest in expectation and patience," we "look watchfully," we are always "ready to serve; to obey" God and His commands.

God preserves us, by our desire and demonstration to serve and obey Him!

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