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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Outline of "Pilgrim's Progress," Chapter 5

This fall, the 5th and 6th grade boys Writing & Literature class I am tutoring will be reading John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. In preparation for this class, I am re-re-reading the book and constructing a detailed outline for each chapter as I read. The following outline is for Chapter 5 (in the 1991 Tyndale House Edition).

I. Received at the Palace Beautiful

A. Christian arrives at a gate and encounters Watchful; Christian asks Watchful:
1. "[W]hat is this place?"
2. "May I sleep here tonight?"

B. Watchful explains that the place was built by the Lord of the Hill for the relief and security of pilgrims.

C. Watchful asks Christian why he is arriving at so late an hour, and Christian recounts his tale; the reader learns:
1. Christian's original name was Graceless.
2. He is from the family of Japheth, "whom God will persuade to dwell in the tents of Shem."

D. Christian encounters Discretion, to whom Watchful says he must recount his tale; Christian speaks with Discretion and, upon her acceptance of his tale, she introduces him to her sisters-- Piety, Prudence, and Charity-- and they invite Christian to dine with their family.

II. Conversation with Piety (Christian recounts his tale in more detail than previously in this chapter.)

III. Conversation with Prudence (Prudence asks Christian a series of questions about his present experience.)

A. Q: Do you think about the country from which you came? A: Yes, but with "much shame and abhorrence;" "now I desire a better Country."

B. Q: Do you "still waver sometimes when you think of the things you were accustomed to? A: Carnal thoughts are still a struggle, but they provide grief.

C. Q: "Do you find that sometimes it seems as though [carnal thoughts] have been subdued, but that at other times they are your greatest entanglement?" A: "Yes, but the former is seldom the case. The hours when I feel free are like gold to me."

D. Q: "Can you remember how at times these agitating thoughts seem to be conquered? A: Yes:
1. Remembering the Cross;
2. Gazing at the Coat [symbolic of imputed righteousness];
3. Reading the Scroll;
4. Meditating about the Mt. Zion.

E. Q: "What makes you so eager to reach Mt. Zion?" A: Longing:
1. To "see the One who hung dead on the Cross alive again;"
2. To be free of sin;
3. To have fellowship with "wonderful companions."

IV. Conversation with Charity

A. Charity asks Christian a series of questions about his family.

B. The purpose of these questions is to determine whether Christian gave proper consideration to his family before leaving them behind.

C. On learning the details of Christian's family rejecting him simply on the basis of his faith, Charity declares that he is not responsible for their blood.

V. Conversation at Dinner

A. Over dinner, the chief subject for discussion is the Lord of the Hill.

B. The members of the household speak to Christian concerning the great love and sacrifice of the Lord of the Hill.

C. The members of the household speak to Christian concerning the humiliation and redeeming work of the Lord of the Hill.

VI. The Room Called Peace (Christian sleeps peacefully, and awakens singing about Jesus.)

VII. The Study and the Armory

A. The Study
1. The Genealogy of the Lord of the Hill
2. Mighty Deeds of the Lord's Servants
3. Invitation, etc.

B. The Armory
1. Armor to Equip Pilgrims
2. Armor Used in the Past by the Lord's Servants

VIII. A Look at the Delectable Mountains
A. Emmanuel's Land
B. To Be Shared by All Pilgrims
C. Offering a View of the Gate of the Celestial City

IX. Resuming the Journey in the Valley of Humiliation
A. Christian Receives Armor from the Armory
B. The Sisters Accompany Christian to the Foot of the Hill
C. The Sisters Review Their Conversation With Christian



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