for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson for Sunday, September 16, 2001

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Golden Text and Responsive Reading

  1. In terms of faith and substance, what is the value of goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, mutual affection, and love, as described in the Responsive Reading?

Section 1

  1. In terms of faith and substance, what is the practical value of exercising trust in God and of spiritual wisdom?

Section 2

  1. What lessons did Naaman need to learn in order to gain faith and to be healed?

Section 3

  1. As depicted throughout Section 3, how is love of possessions, love of fame, or love of influence a hindrance to faith and substance?
  2. What is the benefit of adopting Mary Baker Eddy's Bible-based description of man as "that which possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker" (S&H 475:20)?

Section 4

  1. How do self-control, ethics, and morality relate to faith, "spiritual understanding" (Col 1:9, KJV), and substance?

Section 5

  1. Bible citation #13 (TEV) tells us that through one's faith/faithfulness, God says, "I am the Lord, and I do not change... I will not let insects destroy your crops, and your grapevines will be loaded with grapes." If God does this for one's fields, how can such faith/faithfulness impact one's body that is being destroyed by disease?
  2. Bible citations #14 and #15 describe God's power as being like a radiant sun, like a fire, like a hammer, and like a liberator. Jeremiah (Bible citation #16 NRSV) describes God as saying, "I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal." How does all of this apply not only to one's nation, but to one's body?

Section 6

  1. If we go beyond faith to the unconditional, God-impelled love that is described in Bible citation #19, what impact will this have on every aspect of our lives, including our salvation and our health?

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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