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Possible Sunday School Topics by Merrill Boudreaux, CS, for the

Christian Science Bible Lesson: Everlasting Punishment

October 27 – November 2, 2014

P.S.S.T.  Golden Text – Let’s begin with reading aloud Hymn 275 from the Christian Science Hymnal (“Praise now creative Mind…”).  Ask students to share what they see in this hymn that warrants our praise for God.  What is God doing for mankind, for each of us, stated in this hymn?  Is there anything God can’t do or won’t do for Her creation?  Finally, God does not remand Her creation to hell or to everlasting punishment.  Think instead, Neverlasting Punishment.

P.S.S.T.  Responsive Reading – Does God hear us?  Does God respond to our every need?  We have no complaints because God is ever near.  What is stated in the Responsive Reading about God’s care for us?  Read aloud together Hymn 406 from the Christian Science Hymnal (“O Love, our Mother, ever near…”).  What does this hymn tell us about the nearness of God?

P.S.S.T.  Section 1 – How long-lasting is God’s mercy? B2.  What is the result of calling on God in our distress? B3.  What does God know about what is in our hearts? B4.  What is it that reigns within us? S6.  What is the power of these qualities as we express them?  Disease and death diminish and disappear.  Is this a certainty?  Absolutely!  Ask students to share any recent healings or witnessing of God in their lives.  Is this evidence of God as ever-present?

P.S.S.T.  Section 2 – Are you innocent?  This is an important question to answer.  It sets the basis for healing.  Does God condemn man, you?  Without such condemnation, man (you) is free to give up wrong-doing and turn again to God and what God knows about you.  See SH 497:9.  What is supreme in your life, wrong-doing or existence as a child of God?  A good memorization phrase is in citation S8.  What is primary is your life, innocent one?

P.S.S.T.  Section 3 – Is God destructive?  Can man (you) be destroyed?  What is your rule when it appears that someone means you harm? B12.  Read aloud together Hymn 12 from the Christian Science Hymnal (“Arise ye people, take your stand…”).  What are the action words in this hymn?  Arise, take your stand, cast out, believe, receive — and that’s just in the first line.

P.S.S.T.  Section 4 – Can sickness be healed through the practice of Christian Science?  See all the Bible verses in this section.  How do the healings occur? S22.  With healing, nothing is left to perish or be destroyed, no everlasting punishment.  Read citation S25.  Who is the “all” referred to in this citation?  Can any be left out of God’s care, governance, assurance of goodness?  Is there something in your community of man’s apparent intention to harm one another?  Write out a Christian Science prayer treat-ment to counter this [trick] false claim that would punish or condemn or destroy someone.  Do you govern your body, the body that is your community, the body that is your local government?  See again citation S22.  What is true to you?

P.S.S.T.  Section 5 – Where did the belief in hell originate?  Genesis 1 or Genesis 2?  Do you, will you, gladly receive the Christ?  Will you welcome the Christ into your life?  All sin, error, is destroyed by Christ.  See SH 583:10.  Can you have or serve both Christ and hell?  See citations S29 and S30.  What did God see in Genesis 1:31?  Is there anything outside of everything?  Who is included in everything?  This is a great practice/demonstration to always include everyone in your prayer treatment and to acknowledge their goodness.  Read aloud Hymn 330 from the Christian Science Hymnal (“The King of Love my Shepherd is…”).

P.S.S.T.  Section 6 – What is our cause for rejoicing?  What is stated in this section?  Pardoneth, turn again, have compassion, subdue our iniquities, cast all sins…, cast out death and sin.  If sin is destroyed, what is to be forgiven or punished?  Claim your innocence.  Read aloud Hymn 462 from the Christian Science Hymnal Supplement (Refrain: “Praise the Creator. Let all within me sing…”).  God, our Creator, the Creator of all, is worthy to be praised.  You, innocent one, created in God’s image and likeness, deserve – and are receiving – all the rights of innocence.

 

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