for the Christian
Science Quarterly Bible Lesson for Sunday, July 8, 2001
The answers to all of these questions
can be found (1) in the Bible Lesson itself, (2) in the Bible Lesson
Study Aid at http://www.bibletexts.com/bl.htm,
or (3) in other webpages on the BibleTexts.com website, the homepage
of which is at http://www.bibletexts.com.
Golden Text and Responsive Reading
- What is the answer to the question, "Which does
the LORD prefer: obedience or offerings and sacrifices?" (Golden
- What saying of Jesus appears to have been based upon
"Be holy because I am holy," which 1Pe 1:15 quoted from Deu 19:2?
(Responsive Reading #1)
- How does the New Testament meaning of "the Lord"
often differ from the Old Testament meaning? Why? (As a resource to answer
this question, browse http://www.bibletexts.com/glossary/lord.htm.)
- What role did John the Baptist play in the life of Jesus?
- What were conditions like for John in prison?
- In what ways did Jesus both exemplify and preach to others
obedience to God?
- In addition to being fellow-fisherman and fellow-disciples,
what was the relationship between Simon (Peter, Cephas) and Andrew?
Note: (For a list of and some details regarding
all of the twelve disciples, browse http://www.bibletexts.com/glossary/thetwelve.htm.)
- How did Jesus attract crowds and illustrate that "the
Kingdom of God is near (at hand)?"
- What is the foundation of the church (the community of
followers) that Jesus launched?
- What was Peter's role in the early church? (For additional
details on Peter's role and life in the early church, browse "Part
2. An illustration of repeated need for correction of an early church leader"
- What is the significance of the bread and wine used by
Jesus in the last supper?
- Jesus said, "But the hour is coming, and is now
here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth,
for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those
who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." (Joh 4:23,24, NRSV)
How does this help explain how we should honor the sacrament of the last
- What was the value of Jesus washing the disciples' feet?
What qualities that Jesus exemplified are essential to our prayer-life?
(As a resource to answer this question, browse http://www.bibletexts.com/terms/prayer.htm.)
- How does Jesus' washing of the disciples' bring additional
significance to the woman's anointing of Jesus head/feet? (As a resource
to answer this question, browse http://www.bibletexts.com/terms/anointing.htm.)
- When considering prayer and worship, what is the role
of our unselfishly and unconditionally loving everyone?
- What can we learn from Jesus' prayer in the Garden of
- What can we learn from the disciples' behavior in the
Garden of Gethsemane?
- In light of the Beatitudes (Mat 5:3-12), how blessed
was Jesus? How does such blessedness apply to each of us?
- How is willfulness an impediment to blessedness?
- What were the individual missions of John the Baptist
and Jesus? How did the imprisonment and persecution of John end differently
than the imprisonment and persecution of Jesus? Why?
- How did the last supper compare with the breakfast meal
at Lake Tiberias, also known as the Sea of Galilee? What lessons did the
disciples learn between those two events?
- How did that breakfast in Galilee help shed further light
on the meaning of the communion meal of the last supper?
- What were the responsibilities of Jesus' followers, in
the 1st century, and what is the responsibility of each Christian in the
- How does the Reverend Irving Tomlinson's explanation
of the composition of the Bible Lesson apply to this week's Bible Lesson?
"The Golden Text may be said to contain the fundamental
thought with which the sermon deals.... The responsive reading, while entirely
separate from the sermon, deals with the same subject... Usually, the first
Science and Health reference in each section hints the leading thought
in that section, which the Bible selections and the other Science and
Health selections in the section develop." (TCSJ, Vol 40,
SOME NOTES ON THE HISTORY OF THE BIBLE LESSON
In 1898 when Mary Baker Eddy chose the 26 subjects for
an entirely new Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson format,
the Reverend Irving Tomlinson was one of the original members of the newly
constituted Christian Science Bible Lesson Committee.
From 1888 to 1899 the Christian
Science Bible Lesson Committee simply had directly copied to the Christian
Science Quarterly the Bible citations that had been prepared by the
multi-denominational International Lesson Committee [ILC] for the weekly
International Sunday School Lessons used by Protestant churches. (The Church
of Christ, Scientist, had no representation on that committee.) To those
Bible Lessons the Christian Science Bible Lesson Committee added correlative
citations from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which
provided explanations of the Bible texts chosen by the ILC. Until 1898
the ILC-based Bible Lessons were a key component of both Christian Science
church services and Christian Science Sunday School, which until 1895 included
adult Sunday School classes.]
To read the Rev. Tomlinson's complete article, browse
To read more about the history of the Christian Science Quarterly
Bible Lessons, including the official use of other translations in addition
to -- and for one entire year replacing -- the King James Version,
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