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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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Monday, February 06, 2012

Outline of "Pilgrim's Progress," Chapter 13

In a couple of weeks, 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 13 (in the 1991 Tyndale House Edition).

I. Walking with Ignorance

A. The pilgrims meet Ignorance, who is coming from the Country of Conceit.

B. Ignorance did not enter the Way at the Wicket-gate:
1. instead, he entered by the crooked lane.
2. When Christian asks what hope Ignorance has of entering the Celestial City, Ignorance indicates his own good works.
3. Christian fears for Ignorance.

C. Ignorance tells Christian that they should each follow their own doctrines.

D. Christian and Hopeful decide that it would be wise to leave Ignorance alone for awhile, correcting him a little at a time..

II. A Man Being Carried Away
The pilgrims, walking in a dark lane, see a man being carried by seven demons back to the By-way to Hell that they had seen earlier; Christian thinks that the man is Turn-away from a town called Apostasy.

III. The Story of Little-faith

A. Christian begins to tell Hopeful about a man named Little-faith from the town of Sincere.

B.Little-faith is mugged by three brothers who had come from Broad-way Gate; the brothers names were:
1. Faint-heart, who demands Little-faith's wallet,
2. Mistrust, who grabs the wallet from Little-faith's pocket, after Little-faith had moved too slowly,
3. Guilt, who strikes Little-faith on the head with a club, after Little-faith had called out, "Thieves! Thieves!"

C. The thieves hear someone coming; thinking that it is Great-grace from the city of Good-confidence, they flee.

D. Little-faith who had saved only his jewels and his certificate of admittance to the Celestial Gate-- neither of which he was willing to sell-- was forced to beg as he went along the Way.

E. Little-faith is overcome with bitterness and grief over the robbery.

IV. Hopeful Misjudges Little-faith

A. Hopeful wonders that Little-faith did not sell his jewels, to which Christian replies that the jewels were worthless in the land in which Little-faith was travelling, and selling them would have forfeited a reward in the Celestial City.

B. Christian contrasts Little-faith with Esau, since Little-faith would not have sold his jewels, whereas Esau sold his birthright.

V. Hopeful's Idealism

A. Hopeful protests that Little-faith should have put up a fight.

B. Christian admonishes Hopeful, saying that it is easy to criticize when one is not under trial.

C. Christian says that he was beset by these same thieves, and would have yielded if he had not been clothed with the armor of assurance.

D. Christian and Hopeful contrast Little-faith with Great-grace, who is the King's Champion; Christian makes the point that some are strong in faith and some are weak.

E. Christian also makes the point that even Great-grace may be wounded by enemies if they can get by his sword, and Great-grace's face bears many scars from previous conflicts.

F. Christian warns against the master of the thieves, who appears mighty.

G. Christian also warns against boasting with regard to the enemy.

H. Two things that pilgrims must do when they hear of robberies taking place on the King's High-way:
1. Take up the shield of faith;
2. Desire a convoy of the King's forces for protection.

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