Pilgrim’s Progress, Chapter Two Progress Points, Pt.1

Now, Christian is on his journey.  He has encountered two rather suspect characters in Obstinate and Pliable.  Each one tries in his own way to dissuade our Pilgrim from his path.

In your reading for Chapter Two: The Way of the World or the Narrow Way, (Crossway edition pp. 31-35), we happen upon yet another unsavory figure.  He is smoother and much less abrasive than Obstinate, yet more sure of himself than Pliable.  Nonetheless, he is singing the same song of deception and misdirection.

Once you have these first few pages of Chapter Two, in preparation for our small groups this Sunday night, Mar 6th:

Look up Philippians 3:1-11.

How do Paul’s words safeguard us against the slick schemes of Mr. Worldly-Wiseman and his approach to personal peace and assurance via moralistic self-righteousness and legalistic law-keeping?

On pp. 36-41, Christian, having followed the advice of Mr. Worldly-Wiseman, is now frightened of the prospect of earning his own salvation.  Once again, he is aided by the timely Evangelist.  With pastoral sensitivity and urgency, he points our Pilgrim to the cross of Christ.

Read Romans 8:1-4. How did God accomplish “no condemnation” for us in these verses?


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