Primary Class Instruction

"Primary class instruction has an important part in . . . growth Spiritward"

Earnest students of Christian Science, as they progress in the understanding and demonstration of their religion, soon become aware of the provisions Mary Baker Eddy has made for class instruction. These provisions are found in Articles XXVI and XXVII of the Manual of The Mother Church. A Christian Scientist who contemplates taking the forward step of Primary class instruction is well advised to study prayerfully these two Articles, as well as references to this important subject found in other writings by Mrs. Eddy.

The student who has a sincere desire to have Primary class instruction sometimes finds that various arguments against taking this step present themselves to him. One of them often seems to be, "Oh, you haven't advanced far enough in your understanding of Christian Science to have class instruction."

In meeting this argument it is well to consider the meaning of the word "primary." One dictionary definition of it reads, "first in order as being preparatory to something higher; as, primary schools." From this definition, it can readily be seen that Primary class instruction should not be thought of as a goal which will eventually be attained by the so-called advanced student of Christian Science. Rather, it should be considered as fundamental instruction from which one can go forward in building up and enlarging his knowledge of this Science.

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Holy Quietness
November 3, 1962

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