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[PSST: Be gracious to all. Rely on God’s blessing when anything would distract you from your path to God and your perfect self. (5)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Everlasting Punishment”
for April 30 – May 6, 2018

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – What does it mean to be gracious? What are some synonyms for gracious? What does Mary Baker Eddy tell us about grace and how it is expressed? (Science & Health 4:3-5). Since it is stated that this is the prayer we most need, let us consider how God is gracious to us, Her creation, and from that discern how we can be, must be, gracious to each other.

What does it mean to be merciful? Perhaps S&H 367:3-9 can serve as a template. See also S&H 366:30-3.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Read together the Responsive Reading. How are these passages from Psalms prayers of petition? These passages begin with the word “Blessed” and conclude including the word “comfort”. Ask students to write two statements, one as to how they are blessed of the Lord, and one as to how God has comforted them. Ask them to complete the phrase, “I know I am blessed of the Lord when I feel…. or when I see….”

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – How long will God be God? How long will God be good? B1. When God looks at me what does She see? Herself expressed, perfection, goodness, kindness…. When I look at others what do I see? When Jesus, our Way-Shower, looked at others, what did he see? See S&H 476:32-7.

What does citation B2 tell us of our nature created by the spirit of God? “I am clean without transgression. I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.” If this is so, and it is, what is there in you worthy of punishment? Does God say about you what he said about Jesus in Matthew 3:17, “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased”? If you doubt this is true, read citation B6, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” Can you ever depart from holiness, from wholeness? S5. You are not broken, and never have been.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What did Jonah have to learn in the Bible story in citation B9? Anchor this story with the passages in citations B7 and B10. Read together in S&H 494:10-11, “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.” What do you suppose were Jonah’s needs? Perhaps, listening, humility, giving up self-will, obedience… What do you think the word “chasteneth” means in citation S10? Correction. How did God correct Jonah’s steps and guide him in the right way?
Be careful to not equate chasteneth with punishment. Does God punish man? See S&H 357:1-5.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – How did Jonah turn to the Lord? B12. Did God hear Jonah or abandon Jonah? How do you know? What is the message for each of us in citation B14?

Read together Hymn 572 from the 2017Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

Read also S&H 323:28-6. Is this you, a willing child?

How do you suppose Jonah felt when he went to Nineveh? How do you suppose the people of Nineveh felt? See Jonah 3:1-10.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Is God active in our lives today as in biblical times? Show students any testimony of healing in a recent issue of the Christian Science Journal or Christian Science Sentinel. Ask students to share their own testimony that demonstrates God is still active today. Read citation S19, “The physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus’ time,…”

Read together Hymn 109 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Note in citation B22 that grace is the gift of God. We end the Lesson where we began with grace and graciousness. Read together the blessing often referred to as the Aaronic Blessing in Numbers 6:22-26:

22  And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

23 Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,

24 The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:

25 The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

26 The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

You can rely on this blessing when any situation would distract you from your path, your spiritual path which leads you to God, revealing your perfect self as stated in citations S27 and S28.

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Hymn 572 (2017 Supplement) – [Hymn 455 in earlier Supplement]

Seek ye first the kingdom of God And His righteousness, And all these things shall be added unto you. Allelu, alleluia!

Ask and it shall be given unto you. Seek and ye shall find, Knock and the door shall be opened unto you. Allelu, alleluia!

DESCANT Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Hymn 109

Here, O God, Thy healing presence Lifts our thoughts from self and sin,

Fills with light their hidden places, When Thy love is welcomed in.

Here Thy tender sweet persuasions Turn us home to heavenly ways,

While our hearts, unsealed, adoring, Pour the fragrance of Thy praise.

Reverent lives unveil Thy beauty, Faithful witness bear of Thee;

Binding up the broken-hearted, We reflect Thy radiancy.

So may deeper consecration Show Thee forth in healing’s sign,

Till through joyful self-surrender We in Love’s pure likeness shine.

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