I hope that you enjoyed reading the first section of Pilgrims Progress. Don't forget, I have books available if you need one. Here are a few thought questions for the first section (no need to answer them here, but feel free to ask questions or discuss):
1) The "man clothed in rags" was able to know there is a Creator from natural revelation, but an understanding of who God is and his plan of salvation could only be found in the book the man was holding. What do you think is the name of the book he was reading and why was it necessary?
2) What does the burden on his back represent? (Psalm 38:4, Isaiah 64:6, Hebrew 2:2)
3) When the man clothed in rags shared his distress with his wife and children, what was their reaction? Have you ever noticed that when the Gospel is shared, either people are convicted or the gospel has an opposite effect and their heart is hardened?
4)"Evangelists" can be anyone that shows others how to turn to God. Was there someone in your life that helped you in this way?
5) What is more important to Obstinate than leaving the City of Destruction?
6) A pliable person is an individual that is easily persuaded to believe whomever he is associated with at the time. He is caught up in promises and hopes but has no perseverance. How did Pliable exhibit these characteristics?
7) What does the Slough of Despond represent?
8) Who is Help?
9) What are the "steps" that Christian could have taken to keep from falling into the slough?
10) What type of reception did Pliable get upon his return home?
11) As Christian moves forward on his journey he meets Mr. Worldly Wiseman from the town of Carnal Policy. What belief system do this man and the town he is from represent?
12) Against what three things does Evangelist warn Christian about Mr. Wordly Wiseman?
For next weeks assignment if you are reading Moody's version then read pp 27-38;If you are reading the unabridged version by Spire then read pgs 17-30.