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PSST - PSST: Commit to actively living a life of grace each day!

Merrill Boudreaux, CS -- St. Louis MO

[PSST: Commit to actively living a life of grace each day!]

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

Doctrine of Atonement” – October 10-16, 2016

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS

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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – What is ‘grace’ and how important is it in our lives? Mary Baker Eddy states in Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures (4:3-5):

“What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.”

Here is a standpoint to daily examine one’s life. Turn the statement into a question: “How can I or how did I express patience, meekness, love, and good deeds today?” If students are willing to set this as a goal, they may be willing to write a commitment statement for themselves to actively participate in living a life of grace each day.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading (RR) – Christ Jesus is established as a role model or way shower for us. Ask students for examples of how Christ Jesus showed patience, meekness, love, and good deeds in his life. Look to the RR for some statements of the Christ, or God with us, as to how grace aligns us with God, helps us in our one-ness with God, especially Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;…” As one practices grace every day, every moment even, one feels the presence of the Christ and this is a powerful base from which to act and a guideline of how to act toward our fellow beings. One can also feel the joy that comes from expressing grace.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – What are the key words from God to you in citation B1?

  • thou wast precious in my sight
  • thou hast been honourable
  • I have loved thee

These key words are not exclusive to you but include all your fellow beings. Do you believe this? Do you hear His voice? Because if you do, you shall never perish. Can you ever be separated from God? Can you ever be lost to God? (S6) Claim your rights through living grace. What is the command in citation B5? “Grace be with you…”

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – Read together citation B6. What is the prayer of petition? What is the result as the prayer of affirmation? God does not despise and neither should we. Citation B8 is a great role-play opportunity. [There’s even a script and sample questions to draw spiritual lessons from acting out this story. Just click on “B8 SKIT” under Downloads in the upper right corner of CedarS webpage for this lesson.] Jesus told the man his sins were forgiven. To what sins might he have been referring? Belief of life in matter, belief of being restricted in a physical body, belief of a history of illness, belief that he was observed by other friends that he was helpless. Please ask students to memorize citation S10 (S&H 476:32-5):

“Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy.”

This is a statement of grace. How did Jesus apply it to the man in the Bible story? Citation S11 states that Jesus became the way of salvation to all who accepted his word. How was the man with the palsy saved? Jesus knew the truth and acted with grace toward the man. Could he have done otherwise? What does the word “potent” in citation S14 mean? Powerful, strong. Jesus acted with strength and power and the man was benefitted. Read together Hymn 221 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below).

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What is Jesus’ request of his disciples in citation B11? “…could ye not watch with me one hour?” What do you think it means to watch? Watch our thinking, watch out for one another. MBE thought so much of watching that she included it in a Tenet of Christian Science. Which one? (See S&H 496:28 – 497:27.) Pay attention to Tenet #6.

How does the definition of “Gethsemane” in citation S17 align with the definition of “grace”? Please ask students to memorize this definition. This Lesson has the subject of atonement. It also has the subject of at-one-ment. Atonement, or giving up the belief of man as a mortal sinner whose ancestors did wrong and for which he is punishable, is best carried out by acknowledging one’s at-one-ment with our gracious Lord and the Christ which he so clearly saw and relied on.

How long was Jesus here on this earth before he began his public ministry? 30 years.

How old was he when he first provided evidence of his spiritual nature? 12 years old in the temple talking with the doctors and lawyers. The preparatory years provided a solid foundation for the immediacy of his healing work in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death. Ask students to share an example of Jesus’ works with which they are familiar.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Not only was Christ Jesus imbued with grace, but who else? (B13) What were also then, the results? (B14) Any others: Paul, MBE, current practitioners of Christian Science. What was Jesus’ greatest demonstration? The Resurrection. He proved a rock tomb and a stone rolled across the entrance could not contain him. He also gave evidence of grace while on the cross. See Luke 23:33,34. How does this tie in to the definition of “Gethsemane” stated earlier?

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Read together citation B16. This is your standpoint from which to embrace all mankind.

Read citation B17. What does unity mean? How about united? How about oneness? Read the unity statement in citation S27. Grace helps us live this unity statement.

What is the habitual struggle mentioned in citation S30? How can grace help one with that struggle? Are you blessed? Will you give of that blessing to others who may have a need?

Here are some blessing statements for you

  • I Cor. 1:3: “Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”
  • Phil 1:2: “Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”
  • I Peter 1:2 (Grace): “Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.”
  • I Peter 5:5 (grace): “grace to the humble.”
  • II Peter 1:2: “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,”

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Hymn 221:

O Jesus, our dear Master, Thy works, now understood, Reveal their full effulgence Through love and brotherhood. Today Christ’s precious Science Thy healing power makes plain: With joy may all obey thee And cast out sin and pain.

The Christ, eternal manhood, As God’s own Son beloved, A tender ever-presence Within each heart is proved. O God, our Father-Mother, Thy name we see expressed By man, who in Thy Science Is perfect, holy, blessed.

O Science, God-sent message To tired humanity, Thou art Love’s revelation Of Truth that makes us free. Thy kingdom, God, within us Shows forth Love’s sweet control. God’s idea, man, rejoices; He knows the reign of Soul.

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