Call To Die

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, March 26, 2012

Outline of "Pilgrim's Progress," chapter 15

The 5th and 6th grade boys Writing & Literature class I am tutoring is reading John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. In preparation for teaching 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 15 (in the 1991 Tyndale House Edition).

I. Hopeful Tells His Story

A. Christian asks Hopeful how he first began to care about his soul's welfare.

B. Hopeful had previously delighted in all kinds of worldliness.

C. From Christian and Faithful, Hopeful had heard about the wrath of God against the disobedient, but Hopeful had tried to shut his eyes to the light of truth due to:
1. Ignorance;
2. Desire for sin;
3. Relationships with old friends;
4. Fear of conviction.

II. Attempted Reforms and Renewed Conviction

A. Hopeful had turned away from his sins and his sinful friends, and he had turned to a life of good religious deeds.

B. From certain "sayings" he had heard [Hopeful quotes several passages of Scripture], Hopeful realized that his good deeds were not enough to gain him peace.

III. The Debt and Power of Sin

A. New good deeds cannot erase old debt.

B. Even the best deeds are yet tainted with sin.

IV. A Savior is Needed

A. Hopeful had poured out his heart to Faithful.

B. Faithful had told Hopeful that he needed the righteousness of one who had never sinned.

C. Due to despair over how his moral reformation had fallen short, Hopeful had been forced to accept Faithful's opinion.

D. Faithful had told Hopeful of the living Lord Jesus, who is Man and Mighty God, and who had died for sinners.

V. An Invitation Extended

A. Hopeful had objected that Jesus would not be willing to save him; Faithful had responded that Jesus is willing to receive any who come to him.

B. Faithful instructs Hopeful to call out to Jesus for mercy.

VI. Hopeful's Struggle

A. Hopeful cries out for mercy again and again.

B. Hopeful does not perceive that he actually has faith in Jesus, but does not stop crying out to God, because he is convinced that he will be damned without Him.

VII. He Receives a Revelation

A. Hopeful comes to see Jesus with the eyes of his understanding.

B. One believes in/comes to Jesus when his "heart and affections pursue Christ and His salvation."

C. Hopeful can scarcely believe that Christ would accept him, since Hopeful had been such a terrible sinner.

D. Hopeful realizes that He must look to Christ alone for righteousness.

E. Hopeful realizes that due to the work of Christ, God can justly pardon any sinner who comes to Him, and Hopeful is filled with gratitude and a desire for a holy life.

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