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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 30, 2011

Outline of "Pilgrim's Progress," Chapter 8

This spring, 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 8 (in the 1991 Tyndale House Edition).

I. Faithful and Talkative

A. Description of Talkative, walking at some distance beside Christian and Faithful:
1. tall;
2. "somewhat more handsome from a distance than up close."

B. Faithful invites Talkative to walk with him and Christian, and they begin to talk.

C. Faithful and Talkative discuss the virtue of talking about spiritual things.

II. Christian and Faithful Discuss Talkative's Walk

A. Further information about Talkative from Christian, who knew Talkative from the City of Destruction:
1. Talkative is the son of Mr. Say-well;
2. Talkative is from Prating-Row;
3. "In spite of his fine tongue, [Talkative] is a very sorry fellow."

B. Talkative, through his hypocrisy, has destroyed his own reputation and the reputation of religion in general within his corner of the City of Destruction.

C. Christian and Faithful discuss how people will be judged, on the Day of Judgment, not by their talk, but by their changed lives, and that true faith must be accompanied by good deeds.


III. Faithful Confronts Talkative's Error

A. Faithful speaks to Talkative about true evidences of God's saving grace in a person's heart.
1. The first evidence of God's saving grace in one's heart: abhorrence of one's own sin.
2. Another evidence of God's saving grace in one's heart: knowledge of Gospel mysteries, along with appropriate actions.
3. The first witness to the work of grace in the believer's life that is available for observers' inspection is a confession of faith in Christ.

B. Faithful solemnly charges Talkative to say whether his life truly contains evidences of saving faith.

C. Talkative refuses to answer Faithful.

IV. Talkative Chooses to Part Company

A. Talkative accuses Faithful of being "a faultfinding, unpleasant, and depressed person, not worthy of [his] conversation."

B. Talkative departs from Faithful and Christian.

C. Christian and Faithful discuss Talkative's departure.
1. Christian says that they are better off without Talkative, and that he would have stained their fellowship.
2. Faithful replies that he is glad to have talked with Talkative, as Talkative may remember the conversation again, and, in any case, now Faithful's conscience is clear concerning Talkative.
3. Christian says that such straight-forward talk is rare, and that it is beneficial to the Church for separating true from false disciples.

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