Our Pupils' Needs Must Be Met

[Submitted in part by a Sunday School teacher in a branch church]

The ability to explain the human and divine coincidence and to impart the understanding of how God's laws are operative in human activities is essential in a teacher in the Christian Science Sunday School. The pupil may have no assurance that there is a God unless he sees evidence of divinity in operation. For this reason teachers should clearly explain the relationship between the Sunday School lessons and their application to daily living. As our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, states in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 100): "The spiritual monitor understood is coincidence of the divine with the human, the acme of Christian Science. Pure humanity, friendship, home, the interchange of love, bring to earth a foretaste of heaven. They unite terrestrial and celestial joys, and crown them with blessings infinite."

If he does not obtain satisfactory answers in Sunday School, a pupil may be tempted to seek in other directions for solutions to pressing personal problems and for answers to his questions about the challenging situations facing the present generation. There are no unanswerable questions in Christian Science. Therefore the teacher needs to be spiritually prepared to make use of the rich opportunity the Sunday School provides to satisfy the pupil's yearning for spiritual guidance.

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