For the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson for Sunday, April 22, 2001

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Golden Text and Responsive Reading

  1. What is atonement?
  2. What are the practical implications of the following verse? "Through the living and eternal word of God you have been born again as the children of a parent who is immortal, not mortal." (1Pe 1:23, TEV)

Section 1

  1. How does Bible citation B1 relate to Jesus' saying in the Sermon on the Mount, "You must be perfect just as your Father in heaven is perfect!" (Mat 5:48, TEV)
  2. What is a covenant?
  3. What does the 'new covenant,' with God's 'laws written in our minds and hearts,' have to do with worship and with atonement?

Section 2

  1. How does Jesus' pronouncement, "The Kingdom of God is near (or at hand)," in Bible citation B7, relate to the Lord's Prayer, and what are its practical implications?
  2. How does Jesus' pronouncement, "The Father and I are one," in Bible citation B8, relate to his prayer, "I pray not only for them, but also for those who believe in me because of their message. I pray that they may all be one. Father! May they be in us, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they be one, so that the world will believe that you sent me. I gave them the same glory you gave me, so that they may be one, just as you and I are one: I in them and you in me, so that they may be completely one, in order that the world may know that you sent me and that you love them as you love me" (Joh 17:20-23, TEV)?
  3. What is the significance of Jesus' words, "Because I am going to the Father," in the passage, "Whoever believes in me will do what I do -- yes, he will do even greater things, because I am going to the Father" (Bible citation #9, Joh 14:12, TEV)?

Section 3

  1. How do Jesus' words, "I have not come to call respectable people, but outcasts" (Bible citation #12, Mat 9:13, TEV), relate to the mission and genuine success of each of us, and how does it relate to the mission and genuine success our each of our churches today?
  2. How does our "truer sense of Love" (citation #12 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy) relate to atonement?

Section 4

  1. What does it mean to be humble?
  2. How does humility relate to developing one's abilities?
  3. How does genuine humility relate to genuine greatness?
  4. How do humility, honesty, and repentance relate to atonement?

Section 5

  1. What did Jesus mean when he referred to himself as the good shepherd, and what does this mean to each of us?
  2. How does Col 2:9, "For the full content of divine nature lives in Christ, in his humanity" (TEV) relate to S&H citation #19? (See also S&H 25:31.)

Section 6

  1. How is Jesus "a great priest in charge of the house of God" (Bible citation B21, Heb 10:21, TEV)?
  2. How does Jesus as the "great priest" relate to the Revelator's description of Jesus, "He loves us, and by his sacrificial death he has freed us from our sins and made us a kingdom of priests to serve his God and Father" (Rev 1:5,6, TEV. See also Rev 5:10)?
  3. What is our responsibility regarding atonement, and how much commitment is required?

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