Sunday School - Pilgrim's Progress
by John Bunyan | Teacher: Dave Ruhl | Classrooms 1 & 2 at the end of the hallway
I think maybe the best way to present Pilgrim’s Progress, is to first tell you what Charles H. Spurgeon wrote concerning this book. He said if you prick John Bunyan anywhere, the author of Pilgrim’s Progress, he bleeds Bible all over the place. That’s my paraphrase. So although this book is an allegory of the coming to Christ and the journey from there till we arrive in heaven, it is rooted in Gods word from beginning to end.
The other thing C.H. Spurgeon said, is his testimony as to how much this book, Pilgrim’s Progress, meant and ministered to him, that he read it 100 times. I doubt other than the Bible itself, Spurgeon probably never read any other book that many times.
John Bunyan not only wrote Pilgrim’s Progress but at least 57 other books, many while he was in prison for being a faithful minister of God. Remembering this fellow John Bunyan only had a grade school education. A man God used mightily to speak the gospel to thousands. Pilgrim’s Progress is only surpassed in publication world wide by the Bible itself.
If you come to this class, you will see not only John Bunyan all throughout the book from his days before he was brought to the saving faith in Christ, but you will see yourself. You will meet people along the way and also places between here and heaven. Some that we should avoid at all cost, and he warns of them, and some are to be enjoyed as great benefits to the Christian on his or her way to eternity with the Savior and Lord of the Christian. All this in the literary form of an allegory, like Lord of the Rings, or the Chronicles of Narnia.
It will minister to your life along life’s paths, steering you away from dangers and pitfalls, and encouraging you in meadows of rich lush green pastures and quiet streams to drink from, as allegorically, we are the sheep of His pasture and His great care.