Questions for The Pilgrim’s Progress Weeks 1-3 (1-2, 3-4, 5-6)

Chapter 1

  1. How does John Bunyan describe the world in the opening lines of The Pilgrims’s Progress?
  2. In the dream the man is clothed in rags, he has a book, and a huge burden on his back. What do you think these items represent? Where do you think his focus is directed?
  3. Why was he so distraught? In what part of our conversion do we encounter this distress?
  4. When he shared his frightful concerns of the city’s impending doom with his family, what was their response? Have any of you encountered this from your families when you became a Christian?
  5. What were his primary activities while he sorted out what he was going through? What did he do that would label him as a learning seeker? What question consumed him? The evangelist gave his a parchment that answered the question how?
  6. What was Christian supposed to keep his eye on and through what was he supposed to travel?
  7. When he departed swiftly on his journey, what supremely difficult choice was he presented with? Do you think Bunyan is really advocating a division of family?

Chapter 2

  1. What does Christian’s neighbors pursuit of him signify? What are some of the responses of the world to our Christian pilgrimage?
  2. Obstinate’s loyalty lies where? What persuasions does he try to use on Christian? What is his attitude towards Christian’s book? Can you give examples of this attitude today? Christian’s resolve is treated in what manner by Obstinate? Have you experienced this?
  3. As Christian pleads his own case for continuing his journey, what doctrines does he appear to touch on? (P, H, B, C)
  4. When Christian invites Obstinate and Pliable on the journey, what are their respective responses? How did Christian convince Pliable to come along? How did Obstinate leave them?

Chapter 3

  1. Christian assumes what about Pliable’s motivations for the journey? How does he reflect on Obstinate’s rejection of his weighty testimony? Where does Christian direct Pliable as to the truth and necessity of their journey?
  2. We see two reasons for the journey. One is to escape destruction, the other Christian uses to persuade Pliable. What is it? Can you name them individually? (EK/EL, CG/RG, NCST, CASM, BF)
  3. What is Pliable missing that Christian has to deal with? Does Christian realize this?
  4. What motivates Pliable for the journey? How does this contrast with Christian’s motivation?
  5. Compare Pliable’s step with Christian’s. Why the difference?
  6. How do their views of the journey differ?

Chapter 4

  1. Soon into their journey, Christian and Pliable fell into the Slough of Despond. Why? How could this have been avoided? What is the result of their “wallowing?” What does Christian’s burden cause him to do?
  2. While Pliable is in the same situation, how does his condition contrast with Christian’s? What is Pliable’s attitude at the mere hit of trouble? Can you think of a bible verse that speaks to his response? Where does Pliable immediately turn in the face of this trial? What characteristic does Pliable lack that is indicative of a true pilgrim?
  3. Christian valiantly struggles forward, away from home. Contrast this with Pliable’s response. What causes Christian to sink? This depression is a function of what? Yet even depressed, his perseverance shows a desire for something. Can you identify it? His struggle in the Slough of Despond is analogous to a part of our conversion. Describe it. How did Pliable respond to the same struggle?
  4. Providentially, who arrives to rescue Christian? What do you think this may be a function of and have you ever experienced it yourself? How else did Help assist Christian?
  5. The Slough is cause by what? How does the King of the land answer the dangers of the Slough? What offers the best hope to the unbeliever at this point of their pilgrimage?
  6. Pliable’s return home (Where is home?) has his neighbors react is what ways? However, both Pliable and his neighbor’s critique Christian in what manner?

Chapter 5

  1. Christian then encounters Mr. Worldly-Wiseman. Can you think of a similar type of person today? Mr. Worldly-Wiseman’s occupation appears to be what? He does this through questions about Christian’s condition and his family implying what? Inherent in his stand there is an implication that he denies two key doctrines of the true pilgrim? Can you think what they might be?
  2. Can you tell me what Mr. Worldly-Wiseman suggests Christian rid himself of? He tells Christian he can find peace of mind and God’s blessing through what? What does Mr. Worldly-Wiseman say about Evangelist’s advice? What does he say about scripture? Who says this still today?
  3. Mr. Worldly-Wiseman tries to redirect Christian how? His is never the way of the cross, or redemption, or scripture, but what things? He tries to persuade Christian to go to the Village of Morality home to such “fine” characters as whom? Supposedly there what happen to burdens? The conditions there make it perfect for whom?
  4. Christian is deceived by Mr. Worldly-Wiseman how? He directs Christian to what as if it is easily traversed?

Chapter 6

  1. When Christian comes to the hill of the Village of Morality how does he react? (O, EB, T) Mr. Worldly-Wiseman’s promises of bliss has led to fear, life to prospective death, release to greater captivity, and pardon to condemnation.
  2. Evangelist inquires about Christian’s situation and is rebuked why? Evangelist leads him by the what? How does Christian respond? What does Evangelist’s return tell us?
  3. Evangelist explains the problems of Mr. Worldly-Wiseman. (DW, CM, GHA) His doctrines contain three errors, can you name them? (DL, CO, DD)
  4. Christian is repentant and pleads with Evangelist. How does Evangelist’s reproach help Christian? (SM, TE, SRW)