Bible Lesson Questions (version 2.01)
for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson for Sunday, August 12, 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.
It is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless.
What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Note: In Rev 12:9, the "dragon" is identified as "that ancient serpent, named the Devil, or Satan, that deceived the whole world" (TEV), and the Devil or Satan means the accuser or slanderer. In Bible citation #17, the dragon was thrown out of heaven, and God alone rules. In the Lord's Prayer we celebrate the coming of the Kingdom of God, otherwise known as the Kingdom of heaven. Elsewhere we read,
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom... (Psa 143:1,13)
The kingdom of God has come to you. (Luk 10:20)
The kingdom of God is within you. (Luk 17:20,21)
The Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the Good News! (Mar 1:15)
Browse also http://www.bibletexts.com/terms/prayer2.htm
"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, p 483-487.)
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 http://www.bibletexts.com/articles/j040p483.htm. 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, browse http://www.bibletexts.com/bl-ver.htm.)]