Saturday, October 15, 2011

P.P. Discussion Week 2

"In this section of our story Christian arrives at the Wicket Gate, converses with Mr. Goodwill, and then enters. Continuing on his journey, he arrives at the Interpreter's house, where he is entertained for a while and is instructed in doctrinal truths as he is ushered into several rooms. Christian learns many lessons that are 'rare and profitable' to his soul. May God grant that the Holy Spirit will also enlighten our understanding as we visit the Interpreter's house."---taken from The Pilgrim's Progress Study Guide

1) When Christian arrived at the Wicket Gate, he knocked more than once or twice. Why do you think he knocked so many times?

2) Who is Beelzebub and what do his arrows represent?

3) Christian learned several lessons at the Interpreter's house. What did he learn from seeing the following:
      a) The dusty room swept clean
      b) The professor in a cage
      c) The courageous man who fought his way through the guarded doorway?

Today I have a discussion question for us--is there any particular room in the Interpreter's house that was profitable to YOUR soul?



In the Moody version read pp 39-55
In the non abridged, read pp 29-mid page 48.
Just to help you know you are in the right should be starting where Christian leaves the Interpreter's House, and you should stop reading just after Discretion, Piety, Charity, and Prudence leave Christian with some raisins and such to continue his journey without them.


Belinda said...

When I read about Christian knocking so many times, I was a bit confused. Thinking that if this is asking Jesus to come into your heart and live as your Savior, you don't have to beg. So, I'm asking you, does this mean he must be determined in his heart to do this thing? He can't just go through the motions? Or am I totally off base here?

As far as a room that is profitable to me personally, I would have to admit that Passion and Patience hit home. I struggle daily with the things of this earth, not concerned enough with the things of the life to come.

I'm liking this way of study a lot Tonya. You are asking very thought provoking questions, and making me really have to look at what I'm reading carefully.

Hillbilly Tonya said...

I will write more another day (my family is crazy this weekend) but I can come back to this post and comment...but as for the door knocking...I think that after all he had been through he was eager. Like, "Open up, let me in know before I get side tracked yet again!"

Ok, more another day. I have a date with little guy...every Saturday we watch Lawrence Welk together. LOL

Hillbilly Tonya said...

I'm able to type now...

For me, the room with the armor was a reminder that I need to fight for what I believe in. I cannot just keep sitting back and letting things happen that are wrong. I should be, at a minimum, praying more for our country. This thought came to mind...if a man goes to battle and puts all his armor on, but never uses it and just wonders around aimlessly, then what's the point. I realized that I need to put the armor on..and USE it more!

I am enjoying this too, Belinda. It is nice having a book discussion to see other's opinion's and such.