True Knowledge Gained in Sunday School

In "Miscellaneous Writings" (pp. 196, 197) Mrs. Eddy writes, "The scriptures require more than a simple admission and feeble acceptance of the truths they present; they require a living faith, that so incorporates their lessons into our lives that these truths become the motive-power of every act." This pointed sentence sets forth briefly the responsibility of both teacher and student in the Christian Science Sunday School. Loving co-operation between pupils, teachers, and parents will produce something more worth while than mere knowledge of the letter; and as the pupil advances from the primary class to the study of "the next lessons" (Manual, Art. XX, Sect. 3), he will gain a larger understanding of Truth, and attain greater assurance and wider opportunity to use the information gained in his "first lessons," and adapt this to what may seem more complex problems.

What the student is to be taught in the Sunday school, as set forth in Article XX, Section 3, of the Manual of The Mother Church, includes the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer and its spiritual interpretation by our Leader, and the Beatitudes from the sermon on the Mount. These are basic teachings which every student of Christian Science must understand, for they are essential to the demonstration of Truth. Many classes, including those which are studying "the next lessons," find that they can study other portions of the Scriptures as an aid to spiritual growth, such as the ninety-first and twenty-third Psalms and the Golden Rule. And various definitions from the Glossary in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" may also be used as aids in studying these lessons.

In answer to the question, "How can I progress most rapidly in the understanding of Christian Science?" our Leader writes in part (Science and Health, p. 495), "Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit."

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December 29, 1934

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