"Fishers of men" in the Sunday School

The altitude of modern youth toward Sunday School attendance differs little from that of the young people of yesteryears. As a general rule, the Sunday School pupil who has found a teacher that loves and understands the youthful thought needs little urging to appear regularly at his classes. In a letter to The Christian Science Board of Lectureship our inspired and inspiring Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, writes (The First Church of Christ. Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 248). "Spiritual heroes and prophets are they whose new-old birthright is to put an end to falsities in a wise way and to proclaim Truth so winningly that an honest, fervid affection for the race is found adequate for the emancipation of the race."

While these words of loving counsel were directed to the lecturers, they can be taken to heart by practitioners, nurses. Sunday School teachers, and all workers in our great movement. It is indeed not only the privilege but the duty of everyone who calls himself a Christian Scientist to proclaim winningly by thought, word, and example the Christ, Truth, which comes with healing in its wings. If one feels that he is not a winning missionary in this sacred work, he may with profit ponder the apostle's injunction (II Tim. 2: 15). "Study to shew thyself approved unto God a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

Christ Jesus called Simon and his brother Andrew from their fishing nets and promised to make them fishers of men. What nobler ambition can the student of Christian Science have than to be a wise, winning fisher of men—"a workman that needeth not to be ashamed"! Now an intelligent fisherman studies the habitats as well as the habits of fish. He looks well to his bait. With wisdom and quietude he approaches the stream or lake where he intends to operate. He will not wittingly do anything to frighten the fish, for his task is always to attract, and not to repel.

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Spiritual Facts Nullify Human Theories
February 8, 1947

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