Opening Thought to Class Instruction

Even if he feels that he will not be ready for class instruction for some time to come, every sincere student of Christian Science would do well to think about this progressive step now—to cherish it and pray to be receptive to it whenever it may be right for him.

Class instruction is one of the most important steps a Christian Scientist ever takes. It is an inspired provision of Mrs. Eddy's for the furtherance of Christian Science and for individual spiritual growth. We can discover much about Mrs. Eddy's concept of class instruction by studying her references to it in her own works. Accounts of her life, and especially the series in the three volumes of We Knew Mary Baker Eddy, also reveal much about her own conduct of classes. From these sources we may discern what she expected of student and teacher and prepare ourselves to make the fullest use of class instruction.

Preparation for class and working out the right answer to the questions of teacher, time, and place require diligent, consecrated prayer. One should nurture the deep desire for this step, a desire based both on one's love for Christian Science and on deep-seated aspiration to serve God in the highest, most effective way one can. Class instruction should be recognized as a right idea, a God-revealed, God-protected, and God-governed function of Church whose demonstration cannot be delayed or hindered.

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