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Pilgrims progress

  1. 1. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  2. 2. Which Portrays Your Life?
  3. 3. John Bunyan
  4. 4. Historical Background <ul><li>John Bunyan-Born about Nov.15, 1628 </li></ul><ul><li>Mother dies when he is 15, 13 year old sister dies a few weeks later </li></ul><ul><li>A few months later when John is 16 he is drafted into Cromwell’s army (war between parliament and the King Charles I) </li></ul><ul><li>Taught the trade of a tinker by his father (a mender of pots, utensils,) this was not a highly regarded trade </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>He is not well educated, but learns to read and write and has no theological education </li></ul><ul><li>He is married at about 20 to his first wife (about which we know little, not even her name) </li></ul><ul><li>She brought little to the marriage except for two books, one of which is an allegory </li></ul><ul><li>He has four children, the first of whom (Mary) is blind </li></ul><ul><li>His first wife dies about 10 years later and John marries Elizabeth </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>While married to his first wife, he spent time reading the books she had brought as well as the Bible </li></ul><ul><li>He also came upon and old beat-up copy of Luther’s commentary on Galatians </li></ul><ul><li>It is difficult to tell exactly when Bunyan is converted </li></ul><ul><li>In 1653 Bunyan renounces the church of England and joins the church of John Gifford where he was re-baptized, and began to learn to preach </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>In 1660 the Puritan regime collapsed and King Charles II returned from Exile </li></ul><ul><li>Bunyan was arrested for preaching (because the Church of England was once again the state church) and jailed </li></ul><ul><li>The Bedford Jail was like all English jails of the day, a stink hole, filthy, no sanitation, little water or food, little warmth in the winter </li></ul><ul><li>Bunyan was allowed visitors from time to time </li></ul>
  8. 8. Bedford Jail
  9. 12. Out of this Jail <ul><li>Bunyan is released in 1672 </li></ul><ul><li>He is imprisoned again in 1677 </li></ul><ul><li>At some time during these imprisonments he wrote this little book </li></ul><ul><li>It is published in 1678 and Bunyan is shocked at how successful it is </li></ul><ul><li>By the time of his death, eight editions had appeared as well as a French and Dutch edition </li></ul>
  10. 13. The Book Today <ul><li>100 years ago it would have been considered the greatest novel ever written </li></ul><ul><li>If a family owned two books, one was the Bible, the other was Pilgrim’s Progress </li></ul><ul><li>The book has been translated into almost every language on earth </li></ul><ul><li>It is this book (after the Scriptures) to which the Church turns in times of trial </li></ul>
  11. 14. Important Teachings of the Book <ul><li>The gospel is our only hope, the imputed  righteousness of Jesus Christ received through faith alone. </li></ul><ul><li>The progressive sanctification of the Christian, as he traverses a wilderness world, that results in gradual spiritual maturity. </li></ul><ul><li>The faithful community of the Church as the Christian pilgrim's earthly refuge. </li></ul><ul><li>The wonderful stimulus of repeated glimpses of the Celestial City with the hope of getting there to be with Christ in glory. </li></ul>
  12. 15. Important Lessons From Bunyan (from John Piper) <ul><li>Bunyan’s suffering confirmed him in his calling as a writer, especially for the afflicted church </li></ul><ul><li>Bunyan’s suffering deepened his love for his people </li></ul><ul><li>Bunyan’s suffering opened his understanding to the truth that the Christian life is hard and that following Jesus means having difficulties. </li></ul>
  13. 16. Lessons from Suffering <ul><li>Bunyan’s sufferings strengthened his assurance that God is sovereign over all the afflictions of his people and will bring them safely home. </li></ul><ul><li>Bunyan’s suffering deepened in him a confidence in the Bible as the word of God </li></ul><ul><li>See The Swan is Not Silent or http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/Biographies/1480_To_Live_Upon_God_that_Is_Invisible/ </li></ul>
  14. 17. Bunyan’s Death <ul><li>John went to London to settle a dispute between a son and a father, as well as to preach </li></ul><ul><li>After reconciling the two men, he was unable to preach because of the torrential rain </li></ul><ul><li>He became soaked in the rain, fell sick with a fever and died at age 60 </li></ul>
  15. 18. <ul><li>In his last sermon Bunyan said: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Live like the children of God, that you may look your Father in the face with the comfort of another day.” </li></ul>
  16. 19. Which Portrays Your Life?

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