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PSST - PSST: Join other Christian Scientists daily in applying truths and expecting results!

Merrill Boudreaux, CS -- St. Louis MO

[PSST: Join other Christian Scientists daily in applying truths and expecting results! (6)]

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson
Soul and Body” – November 14-20, 2016

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS
pegasus6524@gmail.com 314-308-1059

P.S.S.T. Golden Text (GT) – What is the definition of husbandry? This is a Middle English word with the following meanings. From Webster’s Dictionary:

  1. The cultivation and production of edible crops or of animals for food, agriculture, farming.
  2. Careful or thrifty management, frugality, thrift, or conservation.
  3. The management of domestic affairs or of resources generally.

I Corinthians 3:9 in the New English Bible is stated as: “We are God’s fellow-workers; and you are God’s garden.”

This more expanded definition and statement give a larger view of what we and God are doing together in the management of our lives and all we are engaged with in our daily lives.

Ask students to state how they see this definition impacting their lives and daily work.
[Students interested in architecture might want to look at the implications of the King James Version of “…ye are God’s building” (GT). Architect Warren Huff asked readers of a 2002 lesson on “Soul and Body” to consider how Spirit as the great Architect has given the 10 Commandments as His specifications (specs) to guarantee the quality of his building, YOU, at http://www.cedarscamps.org/metaphysical/articles/2002/11/-b-ye-are-god-s-building-10-specs-for-your-soul-u-body-by-spirit-u-the-great-architect-b/ .]

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Ask students to share an expanded view of body seen in the Responsive Reading based on the Golden Text explanation above. Does body mean physical form only? What about when the word body is applied as “the body of one’s work” or “the body of literature from a certain author” or “the body of one’s artistic or athletic accomplishment”? The intent here is to more broadly define body and how we glorify God in all of our works.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – There are some interesting words in this section to be defined: tabernacles, courts of the Lord, house (B3).

Are you housed with the Lord? Are you responsible in any way for what goes on in your environment, in your community, (the body of your experiences)? Where can you look for help, for aid, for the right ideas for you to be a proper caretaker/husband? How do you identify your body, your identity? S4. What does citation S5 tell us of an expanded view of body? We often refer to our natures by the qualities we express. Who is the originator of those qualities? Are those qualities limited or narrow, do you have only a defined set? Or, can you see an expanded view, literally the body of your work?

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What have you inherited from God, your Maker, your Soul? What does the phrase, “The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places” in citation B5 mean? Do you have a direct link to God, Soul? Does this phrase nullify DNA or the belief in heredity? What is your path in life? (B5, verse 11) With God directing your path, defining the body of your work there is joy. If you are tempted to be depressed, to believe you cannot hear God’s voice, or that you have no direction in life, how can you challenge those false claims? See the Responsive Reading, verse 11, for some help. Do you possess the ability to think and act rightly? Do you possess the ability to heal all thy diseases? S10.

Read together citations S11 and S12. What is provided to you in your study of Christian Science? What is the result of including your knowledge and understanding of truth when applied to your “body”?

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – Ask students to write out a few statements in answer to the question: “What do they desire of the Lord?” If they were speaking directly to God, which is prayer, for what would they ask? What did the Psalmist ask for in citation B6? Ask students how they would interpret citation B8. How were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah blessed when choosing to turn their bodies over to God rather than to the king? B9.

Does food provide nutrients for your body? S14. Who feeds you today, who feeds your body (not the physical structure but the broader sense of all that you embody)? S15. Are you and all that you possess beautiful? Do you wish to see more of your beauty? How can you do this? S16, lines 31-2. Do you feel you are in want? Read citation S17 for the direction to be taken to tap into infinite resources which are yours now and forever.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – What is the desire and assurance for you stated in citation B12? If you think you can’t do this alone then look to citation B13, verses 19 and 20, for the counterfact. Read together Hymn 273 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below). Think about the fact that as Christian Scientists we have a worldwide partnership, a body of truth-seekers, whose daily prayers support the body of mankind around the globe. Read together Hymn 264 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below).

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What are you called upon to do in citation B14? This is a call individually and collectively. What is the promise in citation B15? What is the basis for all that has been discussed in this Lesson? B16 and S28.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Now that you have a more expanded and comprehensive view of body, what are you to do with this knowledge? S31.

Ask students to review what has been shared in this Lesson and to contribute to a list of key words or phrases that aid in their work in daily husbandry.

Examples:

  • My body is the temple of God
  • Hope in God, bless God, blessed by God
  • God has proved me as He did Daniel and friends
  • I dwell in God’s tabernacle, in God’s house
  • God shields me from false beliefs
  • I possess a sensationless body (that is, not governed by material sense)
  • I am the expression of God
  • I join with other Christian Scientists daily around the globe in prayer acknowledging God as the only truth-giver to mankind
  • I can apply these truths and expect results
  • The world is my garden and I aid in cultivating peace, harmony, prosperity, success
  • If I cried, my cry was heard and I was strengthened
  • The Science of being reveals man (me) as perfect
  • Tell no lies
  • I possess a blameless body
  • God shines on us as we work in the garden

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Hymn 273:

Partners of a glorious hope, Lift your hearts and voices up; Nobly let us bear the strife, Keep the holiness of life.

Still forget the things behind, Follow God, the only Mind, To the mark unwearied press, Seize the crown of righteousness.

In our lives our faith be known, Faith by holy actions shown; Faith that mountains can remove, Faith that always works by love.

Hymn 264:

Onward, Christian soldiers, Marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus Going on before. Christ, the royal Master, Leads against the foe; Forward into battle, See, his banners go.

REFRAIN:

Onward, Christian soldiers, Marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus Going on before.

Like a mighty army, Moves the Church of God; Brothers, we are treading Where the saints have trod; We are not divided, All one body we, One in hope and doctrine, One in charity.

REFRAIN

Crowns and thrones may perish, Kingdoms rise and wane, But the Church of Jesus Constant will remain; Gates of hell can never’ Gainst that Church prevail; We have Christ’s own promise, And that cannot fail.

REFRAIN

Onward, then, ye people, Join our happy throng; Blend with ours your voices In the triumph-song; Glory, laud and honor Unto Christ the King; This through countless ages Men and angels sing.

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