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Possible Sunday School Topics (PSSTs)
for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson:

“Everlasting Punishment”

for April 26-May 2, 2021
prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
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P.S.S.T.  Golden Text (GT) Isaiah 51:11.
What are some synonyms for the word “redeem”?
   [Free, liberate, rescue, save]
   Replace the word redeemed in the Golden Text with these synonyms.
Now apply these synonyms to yourself.
From what are you free, liberated, rescued, saved?
How might you use these truths when praying to overcome any untoward situation?
When you have experienced a healing, how have you felt?
Were you like the writer in the Golden Text – singing, filled with everlasting joy, glad; your sorrow, mourning, pain, doubt, depression, all wiped away? What has provided this result for you? The Christ, or God-(Good)-with-you.

P.S.S.T.  Responsive Reading (RR) – Let grace save you from all faults

Does it matter that for a moment we believed that we were foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving diverse lusts and pleasures, malicious, envious, hateful, or hating one another? What a horrible listing of faults!
Who can be saved from such beliefs? What can save us from such beliefs?
The kindness and love of God toward us (mankind).

Our lives are justified by grace and we are made heirs of eternal life. What is an heir? How are you an heir of your Creator?
What have you received and will always receive?
How do you express grace – patience, meekness, love, and good deeds?
This is the real you.

P.S.S.T.  Section 1 – Answer your call to action! Listen & come to God!
Read citation B2 (I John 3:9), “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin… because he is born of God.”

This is how to begin our prayers for ourselves and all mankind. This is our anchor and standpoint, our truth. What happens to lies and false beliefs when this truth is applied? You are redeemed (free, liberated, rescued, saved).

The Lord, as of old, the love of God, the Christ, grace, is always with us, ever-ready to aid us, to calm us, heal us, bring joy into our lives.

Read together citation B5 (Isaiah 55:3). This is your call to action. Do you doubt this? Is the spirit willing, but the flesh weak?

Read citations S4 and S5 (Science & Health 106:7 and 414:28). These are assuring truths that you are everlastingly blessed.

P.S.S.T.  Sections 2 & 3 – Make the truths that saved Jonah your own!
Are you the son, the child of God? Declare that you are an heir of God, Good. Declare that you hear God, Good’s voice. Declare that you will follow God, Good, Love’s leading.

What do your students know of the scripture story of Jonah in citations B7, B10, and B11? How was Jonah redeemed of the Lord? What was the difference in Jonah’s life when he agreed with all the truths we have already outlined in this Lesson? What are some words that come to your thought as you reflect on this story?

Read together citation S16 (SH vii:18-20): “The only guarantee of obedience is a right apprehension of Him whom to know aright is Life eternal.” This truth saved Jonah and will save you also.

 

P.S.S.T.  Section 4 –Willingly leave the old to receive new & lasting joy!
Read the scripture story in citation B13 (John 5). What was Jesus’ question for the man? Was this a strange question for the man who had been in that case 38 years? Was Jesus testing his willingness to give up a way of life he had lived for 38 years in exchange for freedom, joy, rescue, a whole new life?

A friend of mine said, “The willingness is all.” Read in Science & Health citation S30, p. 232:32-4.

Read also Hymn 148 from the Christian Science Hymnal:

Hymn 148

In heavenly Love abiding, No change my heart shall fear;
And safe is such confiding, For nothing changes here.
The storm may roar without me, My heart may low be laid;
But God is round about me, And can I be dismayed?

Wherever He may guide me, No want shall turn me back;
My Shepherd is beside me, And nothing can I lack.
His wisdom ever waketh, His sight is never dim;
He knows the way He taketh, And I will walk with Him.

Green pastures are before me, Which yet I have not seen;
Bright skies will soon be o’er me, Where darkest clouds have been.
My hope I cannot measure, My path in life is free;
My Father has my treasure, And He will walk with me.

Now answer the question, are you willing to leave the old for the new and receive everlasting joy on your head? See the Golden Text.

P.S.S.T.  Section 5 – Share the love shown to/by the redeemed woman
Citation B14 (I Timothy 1:15) says “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners;”

Do you believe that Jesus thought the world was filled with sinners? Or, did he see that the world was laboring with or weighed down by the belief that somehow mankind had lost their way or been abandoned by God? His revelation to humanity of the truth of God’s relationship to them healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out demons, and cleansed the lepers.

How was this evident in the scripture story in citation B15 (Luke 7:37-50)? How do you think this woman felt after this healing?

Read citation S28 (SH 17:4-7). How was Love reflected in the love for this woman? How was she redeemed of the Lord?

P.S.S.T.  Section 6 –Demonstrate qualities mentioned for our guidance
How can you gauge your progress in living as the redeemed of the Lord? What qualities are mentioned for our guidance in this section?

  • Depart from iniquity
  • Flee youthful lusts
  • Follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace
  • Call on the Lord out of a pure heart
  • Know the holy scriptures
  • Be thankful
  • Praise God
  • Be willing
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