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[PSST: Let your life be an everlasting Hymn Sing of victory, joy, love… ]
Possible Sunday School Topics by Merrill Boudreaux, CS, for the

Christian Science Bible Lesson: Everlasting Punishment

for April 28 – May 4, 2014




P.S.S.T.  Golden Text – Please begin by reading aloud together Hymn 53 from the Christian Science Hymnal.

     Look at three key words in the Golden Text.  What do the words “everlasting,” “mercy,” and “Redeemer” mean?  Perhaps this will lead you to conclude the punishment is neverlasting.

     See Tenet #3 on page 497 of Science & Health for further explanation.


P.S.S.T.  Responsive Reading – What are the prayers of petition in the Responsive Reading?

  • Teach me
  • Turn me
  • Give thy strength
  • Let

What are the prayers of affirmation in the Responsive Reading?

  • Thou, Lord, art good
  • Ready to forgive
  • Plenteous in mercy
  • Thou wilt answer
  • Thy law is the truth


P.S.S.T.  Section 1 – If God cannot behold evil, can I as God’s reflection/expression behold evil?  If I cannot and do not behold evil, can evil exist for me?

     Find the words perfect, good, inheritance, and lovingkindness in the Bible portion of this section.  How do those words relate to citation S1?

     Is God capable of punishing man (you)?  Why would God do such a thing?  Do not then punish yourself but rather be willing to give up that which appears to need punishment. (S4, S5)


P.S.S.T.  Section 2 – Was David’s action in citation B7 appropriate?  Yet he was the King?  Does power that comes with authority permit an individual to do anything he wants?  Just because you can doesn’t mean you should?  How can one escape the misery due for sin? (S9)  How does divine mercy help us? (S11)


P.S.S.T.  Section 3 – How did God help David work his way out of what he had done in taking Bath-sheba for his wife? (B9)  How did David pray in citation B10?  Did David receive God’s pardon?  Should he have? (B11 and S17)  Is asking pardon or expressing sorrow all that is required to be restored to our true selfhood? (S12, S13)  Are you the master of sin? (S14)


P.S.S.T.  Section 4 – Does God withhold goodness from you?  How did Jesus answer that question? (B14 and B15)

     Can we practice the healing of sin and disease today?  What does the word “reform” mean?  What is to be reformed?  Where does reformation take place?


P.S.S.T.  Section 5 – Is there someone in your experience you need to forgive?  What is the key takeaway in the Bible story in citation B17?  What is the statement of the Golden Rule in citation B18?

     What is our commitment, our solemn promise, in the 6th Tenet in citation S26?  This prayer is also a commitment in the Daily Prayer on page 41 of the Manual of The Mother Church.  Read this aloud together.  If students have not memorized this before, this is a good opportunity for memorization.


P.S.S.T.  Section 6 – What song would you like to sing as an expression of your joy as victors over sin?  Ask students to look through the Christian Science Hymnal and share by reading aloud appropriate hymns.  Perhaps show students how to use the Concordance to the Christian Science Hymnal or JSH-online ( or Concord online for this resource.  How about Hymn 425 to start?


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