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[PSST: See Sin Punishing Itself as Never-lasting!]
Possible Sunday School Topics (PSSTs) by Merrill Boudreaux

for the Christian Science Bible Lesson: 
“Everlasting Punishment”

for Sunday, November 3, 2013

P.S.S.T.  Golden TextHow long is everlasting?  How long is never-lasting?  What is your relationship with God, everlasting or never-lasting?  Please read together Hymn 100 from the Christian Science Hymnal.  Please select words that are indicators of God’s everlasting care for you.

P.S.S.T. – Responsive Reading (RR)Help students see the “prayers of petition” in the Responsive Reading:

Example:   Let me not be ashamed

Let not mine enemies triumph over me

Redeem Israel

What are also “prayers of affirmation” in the RR?

Example:   The Lord hath appeared unto me

He shall pluck my feet out of the net

The Lord is good

His mercy is everlasting

P.S.S.T. – Section 1Ask students to state three ways they praise God.  Perhaps they have a favorite Psalm or Hymn they use for such praise.  Where is good in your life?  What is the result of one infinite God, good, to the world? See citation S-5.  Can this absolute statement of truth be applied to any world situation, to any personal situation?  Explore with students the statement “…annuls the curse on man….”  To what curse is being referred?  Are you the man of Adam and Eve in Genesis 2, or are you the man of God in Genesis 1?  God’s love for you annuls any ancient or modern curse or condemnation.  Read aloud Hymn 279 from the Christian Science Hymnal.

P.S.S.T. – Section 2How are you like a sheep with God as your shepherd?  Sin would claim a separation from God.  Is that even possible? (S-8)  Can you be less than perfect?  Can you ever be the counterfeit of good?  Can you ever be the child of someone other than God?  How did God make you:  In Her image, perfect, whole, sinless.  Ask students to add to this list.

P.S.S.T. – Section 3Read aloud citation B-10.  What are the petitions in that prayer?  Read aloud citation S-15.  What are you commanded to do as a Christian Scientist in citation S-16?  As a good man what can you certainly overcome? Sin.  What is sin?  Could it be anything that takes our focus away from good – good in our lives, harmony in our lives, peace in our lives?  A strong counter-fact to sin can be found in the petition prayer of Hymn 305 in the Christian Science Hymnal.

P.S.S.T. – Section 4 Think about the story in citation B-13 both literally and inspirationally.  Literally, why would the woman desire water from the well?  How often do you suppose she would come to the well?  How far away from the well might she live?  Was this a work- and also a social-experience?  Inspirationally, what was she seeking?  What is the water of life?  What would one do with that kind of water?  See citation S-18.  Is the water of life restricted to a certain race, class, time period, or economic group?  See citation S-17.  If you come to the waters, will you be filled?  Are you one of the millions of unprejudiced minds, simple seeker of truth?  What is prejudice?  How can you set it aside in order to see good, harmony?

P.S.S.T. – Section 5What was the important question Jesus asked the man in the Bible story in citation B-15?  Why do you suppose Jesus asked that question?  Explore this story:  What were the circumstances?  Perhaps use the 5 W’s for exploration – who, what, when, where, and why.  This was a life-altering experience for this man.  After 38 years of being in that state, he probably had a whole structure of daily life surrounding his illness.  What now?  What will he do today on this new day?  Why do you think Jesus scolded him about going into the temple?  Was the man looking for a vestige of his old life and what would be the danger of hanging around the temple where he had been daily for 38 years?  Ask yourself about any claim you are nurturing or nourishing – “wilt thou be made whole?”  Will you give up procrastination, or “I am not good at math,” or “I can’t dance,” or “I am not good enough at whatever”?  How can Christian Science help you?  See citation S-26.

P.S.S.T. – Section 6 What are God’s promises to you in citations B-19 and B-20?  Are you worthy or deserving of receiving those promises?  You bet!  Now is the accepted time.  See citation S-29.  See the “how” in citation S-30.  Read again Hymn 100 to close this lesson.

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