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Possible Sunday School Topics (PSSTs) by Merrill Boudreaux

for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:  “Everlasting Punishment”

for May 5, 2013

P.S.S.T.  Golden TextIn the quiet of your thought have a conversation with God that lays out what you desire God to know about you.  Then listen for what God wants to tell you She knows about you.  If you find it helpful you may write down your statements and God’s statements.

P.S.S.T. – Responsive ReadingTake the Responsive Reading and make a list of the prayers of petition and the prayers of affirmation from this text.  For example:

                Petition                                     Affirmation

                Be merciful unto me                    Thou, Lord, art good, and

                                                                ready to forgive

P.S.S.T. – Section 1Help students to understand the weight and balance system for measuring items for sale and their cost as well as the justice system of the crimes or misdeeds and the punishment.  Do not keep it there for one should also measure the good flowing to one without measure, pressed down and overflowing.  What would students wish to include [in a list] on the balance scales to define themselves as compared to what might be on the scales as statements of error.  For example:

                Good                                         Error

                Wisdom                                     I would argue that there

                Understanding                            be nothing on this side.

                Integrity

                Kindness

                Comfort

                Honesty

P.S.S.T. – Section 2What are the thoughts the God thinks toward us or about us? (Citation B-6)  What was Jesus thought about the man born blind compared to the thoughts of the individuals in this Bible story? (B-7)  What are the qualities on the balance scale that assure healing?  [Make a list and check it twice.]

                   Good                                         Error

                God is merciful                            no evil

                The Lord preserves                      no sickness

                Thou has delivered peace             no disease

                An expected end                         illusions

                God lovingly governs all

                Truth casts out all evils

                God never punishes

P.S.S.T. – Section 3What are you willing to practice?  Humility, mercy, justice, gratitude, honesty.  Students may extend this listing.

P.S.S.T. – Section 4 – What does God require of you in Citation B-13?  See also Micah 6:8.  Ask the students:  Do you wish to jump from one side of the scales to the other, or like a pendulum vibrate between sin or error and goodness?  How can you assure you are stacking the scales of thought on the good side?  See the answer to the question in [the S&H chapter called] “Recapitulation” on page 495: “How can I progress most rapidly in the understanding of Christian Science?”

P.S.S.T. – Section 5From where do you get your strength to be directed to right decisions, right paths, right actions? (Citation B-17)  Read the Zacchaeus story in citation B-18.  On what side of the scale was Zacchaeus making deposits?  What was important to him?  How did he demonstrate that importance?  What is in the balance on the scale in citations B-19 and B-20?

                   Good                                         Error

                Thanks                                      0

                Mercy

                Healing

                Integrity

                Blessing

Close the class by reading Hymn 123 from the Christian Science Hymnal.

 

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