Sunday School Teaching

In Ephesians we read that we "are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord." To all teachers in the Christian Science Sunday School Article XX in the Church Manual stands as the foundation plan from which the whole structure of teaching must rise. Realizing this to some extent, the teacher, as he endeavors to be obedient to the instruction therein, finds that he himself better understands "building" as the child also learns and puts into practice the "first lessons," as provided for in Section 3.

In the building of a material structure, the superstructure is not started until the foundation is firmly and securely laid. This necessitates excavating, and sometimes even blasting, to remove débris, and so to make room for the placing of the foundation stones. So it is with the building in consciousness of the structure of Truth in the work of our Sunday schools. The teacher may find in the thought of the pupils the seeds of false theology, belief in other gods and reliance upon them, self-will and disobedience, which have to be removed. Here we find the Bible a treasure house of useful material; for the child-thought must first become interested in the Scriptures, and then receive the inspiration to make the truths of its stories and parables live in his own experience.

October 6, 1928

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