for the Christian
Science Quarterly Bible Lesson for Sunday, July 15, 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
- How does "Teach me, LORD, what you want me to do,
and I will obey you faithfully" (Responsive Reading citation #2) differ
in intent and result from our efforts to search the Bible or other religious
writings to find justification for the way we already are acting, speaking,
- What are the practical results of knowing that the one
and only God is everywhere, all-knowing, and all-powerful at every moment?
- How available is God to you?
- How available are you to God?
- How was Abraham's faithfulness illustrated in Bible citation
- How was God faithful to Abraham?
- According to Bible citation #9, how does our belonging
to Christ benefited by God's faithfulness to Abraham?
- What does it mean to "live in union with God --
in union with his Son Jesus Christ," as described in Bible citation
- What did Jesus mean when he said, "Whoever has seen
me has seen the Father"?
- After the ten men with leprosy were healed, whom does
Bible citation #12 say one of the men praised? Whom did he thank?
- How does Paul's athletics analogy ("Every athlete
in training submits to strict discipline") in Bible citation #14 relate
to being faithful to God -- and to the rewards of being faithful to God?
For another example of Paul's using an athletic analogy
with a very similar meaning, see Phi 3:12-14.
- Paul in Bible citation #15 tells us, "Whatever you
do, do everything for the glory of God." How does our being faithful
to God in this way help promote genuine fellowship and unity with others?
- As illustrated in Bible citation #16, why wasn't Jesus
satisfied with teaching merely legalistic morality, as did many of the
Jewish religious and political authorities of his day and as do many of
modern religious and political authorities of our day?
- Why did Jesus consider divorcing a spouse to be a form
of adultery, except maybe in the case of the other spouse's unfaithfulness
(which would include abuse)?
- What is the relationship between faithfulness to one's
spouse and faithfulness to God?
- As described in Bible citations #17 and 18, what does
love and forgiveness as a faithful Christian have to do with love and forgiveness
as a faithful spouse?
- What are the responsibilities of Christian parents?
- What is the value of parents who are faithful Christians,
faithful spouses, and faithful parents?
- 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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