for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson for Sunday, August 26, 2001

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Golden Text and Responsive Reading

  1. The Bible says that God is wise. How do we get wisdom?

Section 1

  1. How did the story of the two prostitutes illustrate Solomon's wisdom -- and illustrate the source of Solomon's wisdom?

Section 2

  1. Can we have any other source of wisdom than God? Please explain.

Section 3

  1. How do fearlessness and trust in God relate to wisdom and to the solution to all types of problems?

Section 4

  1. How does God's wisdom relate to our discernment and foreknowledge -- and to our safety?

Section 5

  1. How did Jesus' healing of the government official's son illustrate God's wisdom and illustrate Jesus' embodiment of that wisdom?

Section 6

  1. How do Jesus' beatitudes and his teachings -- of rejecting revenge and of loving one's enemies -- illustrate wisdom?
  2. What does it mean for us to 'have the mind of Christ,' as is mentioned in Bible citation #17?

Weekly Question

  1. How does the Reverend Irving Tomlinson's explanation of the composition of the Bible Lesson apply to this week's Bible Lesson?

      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, browse]

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