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PSST - PSST: Walk with Love... Strengthen trust in immortality!

Merrill Boudreaux, CS -- St. Louis MO

[PSST: Walk with Love... Strengthen trust in immortality! (1, 2)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Mortals and Immortals”
for November 11-17, 2019

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

P.S.S.T. Golden Text – Who or what is God to you? Do you trust that God will always be with you? Are you confident in your reliance on God?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Read together Psalm 23 as found in the Responsive Reading. What does this Psalm say to you about trust and confidence, as the shepherd, as the sheep, as you?

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – The word “walk” is used several times in this section. Can we ever walk alone, without God, without light?

Look to the Science and Health portion of this section. What are some key words that show the result of walking with God?

  • Citation S1: inseparable, harmonious, eternal, coexist
  • Citation S2: one Mind governing the universe, harmony
  • Citation S3: offspring, man eternal
  • Citation S4: drawn by perfect Mind, loveliness
  • Citation S5: spiritually created
  • Citation S6: real man is spiritual, true model
  • Citation S7: imperishable things of Spirit, joy

Read together Hymn 139 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words printed here):

Hymn 503 (139,427):

I walk with Love along the way, And O, it is a holy day; No more I suffer cruel fear, I feel God's presence with me here; The joy that none can take away Is mine; I walk with Love today.

Who walks with Love along the way, Shall talk with Love and Love obey; God's healing truth is free to all, Our Father answers every call; 'Tis He dispels the clouds of gray That all may walk with Love today.

Come, walk with Love along the way, Let childlike trust be yours today; Uplift your thought, with courage go, Give of your heart's rich overflow, And peace shall crown your joy-filled day. Come, walk with Love along the way.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What was the result of Enoch’s and Methuselah’s walking with God? Not just the length of the days is important, but why they were able to live so long. According to Citation S13 it was “The understanding that Life is God, Spirit, lengthens our days by strengthening our trust in the deathless reality of Life, its almightiness and immortality” (SH 487).

Read together Hymn 592 from the new (gray) Christian Science Hymnal (words printed here):

Hymn 592

REFRAIN 1

We are walking in the light of God,

We are walking in the light of God.

We are walking in the light of God,

We are walking in the light of God.

We are walking, we are walking, ooh

We are walking in the light of God.

We are walking, we are walking, ooh

We are walking in the light of God.

We are all God's children, expressions of one Mind,

Living in the radiance of Spirit all divine.

Every heart and nation is answering the call

To a true salvation knowing God is All-in-all.

REFRAIN 2

We are praying in the light of God,

We are praying in the light of God.

We are praying in the light of God,

We are praying in the light of God.

We are praying, we are praying, ooh

We are praying in the light of God.

We are praying, we are praying, ooh

We are praying in the light of God.

As we turn our faces, up to the light of Life,

Harmony replaces all pain and fear and strife.

See the heavenly harvest so bountifully poured,

As we raise our voices being all of one accord!

REFRAIN 3

We are singing in the light of God,

We are singing in the light of God.

We are singing in the light of God,

We are singing in the light of God.

We are walking, we are praying, ooh

We are singing in the light of God.

We are walking, we are praying, ooh

We are singing in the light of God.

(Hymn. 592:1–5)

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – There is a prayer treatment in Citation B8, line 11, for those who might feel disconnected or depressed. It says,

“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why are thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God” (Psalms 42:11).

What was the result of the Prophet Isaiah’s trust and confidence in the Lord in the scripture story in Citation B9?

What is the promise to you and all as stated in Citation B10?

Not only can you walk with the Lord, but you can run to meet him. Have you ever felt the light of God leading you or the glory of God surrounding you? Please share your story. Share stories of any scripture individuals who experienced God’s light and glory -- David, Daniel, the Hebrew boys, Moses, the disciples, Jesus, Elijah, Elisha, Abraham, for example.

Read together Citation S17 (SH 444:10).

By the way, be confident that your steps are ordered by the Lord. See Psalm 37:23.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Jesus is often referred to as the way-shower. How else did Jesus identify himself in Citation B13? “the light of the world”

What is the purpose of light, how does it benefit you and mankind? What does Mary Baker Eddy tell us about walking in the light of our Master, of Truth and Love? Citation S18: you receive directly the divine power

See also Citation S23, “Whatever is governed by God, is never for an instant deprived of the light and might of intelligence and Life” (SH 215).

Can you ever be governed by anyone or anything but God? See what the Prophet Isaiah tells us in Isaiah 30:21, “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”

Declare that you can and do hear God’s voice and nothing can stop you from doing so.

See MBE’s spiritual definition of “Ears” in Science and Health (585:1):

“Ears. Not organs of the so-called corporeal senses, but spiritual understanding.”

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What is the gift of God to you as stated in citation B18: “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

What is this gift of life? Citation S24: present knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ, knowledge of Love, Truth, and Life (SH 410:4-7).

Is knowledge something to be gained or to be seen as already yours? See II Timothy 2:15. This is you, rightly dividing (understanding) the word of Truth. Why? See Citation S26: “In Science, all being is eternal, spiritual, perfect, harmonious in every action” (SH 407:22). This is you who is being referred to. The result is in the same citation – “the light…brings the divine Mind, Life not death, into your consciousness.”

Do you identify yourself as a follower of God, of our Master, Christ Jesus, of our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy? What if you are the only one in your school or in your town who so identifies? See what MBE shares with you in Science & Health 225:5:

“You may know when first Truth leads by the fewness and faithfulness of its followers. Thus it is that the march of time bears onward freedom's banner. The powers of this world will fight, and will command their sentinels not to let truth pass the guard until it subscribes to their systems; but Science, heeding not the pointed bayonet, marches on. There is always some tumult, but there is a rallying to truth's standard.”

And look at Ephesians 5:8 (Citation B20):

“…now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:”

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – What have you learned from this Lesson?

Perhaps:

  • I am a child of Light
  • I walk with God, God walks with me
  • I can do all things through God and our Master, Christ Jesus
  • I have the tools of the scriptures and their examples of the prophets and disciples for my guidance
  • I am an immortal being, perfect
  • I have an indestructible life
  • I cannot be made to forget who I am and who made me and who delivers me from all that flesh is heir to
  • In all this I am confident

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