• Saving the World Media Resource by

    Genesis 18:16-33

    Throughout history, well-meaning Christians have sought to save and change the world through earthly means. In this session, Dr. Derek Thomas will explore what it means to be a remnant. He will affirm that Sodom was destroyed not because of a lack of hospitality, as liberals claim; nor because of perversions, as conservatives claim; but because God did not find ten righteous men in the city. Dr. Thomas will explain that we change the world by being the church. View Resource

  • OPTIONAL SESSION: The Pilgrim’s Progress Media Resource by

    In this session Dr. Derek Thomas explores a timeless tale of faith’s triumph in The Pilgrim’s Progress, based on his teaching series by the same name. Written by John Bunyan over 300 years ago, The Pilgrim’s Progress one of the most widely-circulated books ever to be published in the English language. In spite of its popularity in the past, many people today are not familiar with this masterpiece. Christians have as much to gain from this book today as they did hundreds of years ago. View Resource

  • On to the Celestial City Media Resource by

    1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

    Christiana and her companions have reached the River of Death, but they do not all cross the river at the same time. This reflects the actual experiences of believers. Just as God raises up new disciples, He also calls His people to one day depart this life and join Him. In this final message of our study, we will learn about the final days of many of the pilgrims we have met so far. In their stories, we can find hope and wisdom to live well and to be ready when Our Lord calls us to His side. View Resource

  • On to Enchanted Ground Media Resource by

    Hebrews 12:4

    Christiana and her fellow pilgrims draw steadily nearer to the Celestial City. As they journey through the Delectable Mountains, Enchanted Ground, and Beulah Land, they continue to encounter both spiritual opponents and spiritual allies. As their company grows and as they draw ever nearer to the city gates, Christiana is aware that she is nearly at the end of her journey. View Resource

  • From Vanity to Doubting Castle Media Resource by

    Romans 7:19-25

    Though there are often points of similarity between the experiences and struggles of believers, each person engages certain spiritual realities differently. For instance, Christian and his other family members spent time in Vanity and visited Doubting Castle; they covered the same ground but were called to act differently and face distinct challenges. In this message we will observe what happened to Christiana and the boys in these places, taking note of Bunyan’s rich theology of spiritual warfare. View Resource

  • The Road to Vanity & Vanity Fair Media Resource by

    Isaiah 50:10

    Though we do not know what the road ahead of us may hold, God’s pilgrims can be confident that He knows their needs. During a long stay at the Palace Beautiful, Christiana and her fellow travelers find much-needed respite from their journey. When the time comes for them to resume their travels, they are joined by traveling companions whose presence is an aid in times of darkness and danger. As they follow the king’s highway, their troupe continues to grow as they experience new joys and challenges. View Resource

  • The Trek to the Palace Media Resource by

    2 Corinthians 5:17

    Though no two Christians have identical spiritual biographies, there are often points of similarity in the stories and experiences of believers. As Christiana, Mercy, and the children follow the same route that Christian walked earlier, they continue to encounter many of the same people and landmarks on their way to the Palace Beautiful. By describing numerous changes and developments that have taken place since Christian’s journey, Bunyan conveys important insights about the life of a pilgrim. View Resource

  • Foes & Friends: The Road to Interpreter’s House Media Resource by

    Some dangers in life are apparent, and others are not. As Christiana and her companions approached the wicket gate, they encountered unexpected opposition from the forces of darkness. In all ages, pilgrims need to remain vigilant and sober-minded even when things seem to be going well. Like Christiana, believers today benefit from the lessons and warnings that are found in the interpreter’s house. View Resource

  • A New Journey Begins Media Resource by

    Acts 14:21-22

    After a follower of Jesus has departed from this life, God may continue to use his or her influence to change the lives of others. Even those whose hearts were once hardened against the gospel can later be softened by the memory of a believer’s testimony and the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. In this message, we will turn our attention to the wife and children that Christian left behind when he began his pilgrimage to the Celestial City. Though they were once hostile to Christian’s faith, their attitudes have changed since his departure. View Resource

  • The Celestial City Media Resource by

    Isaiah 43:2

    Eventually, each Christian’s pilgrimage in this world will come to an end. As Christian and Hopeful discover, the end of the journey brings with it a variety of emotions and experiences. Just as each believer’s life is different, so also each Christian’s departure from this life is different. Yet, the anticipation of the Celestial City is something that all true pilgrims can share, as fear of death gives way to the joy of entering the King’s presence. View Resource

  • The Delectable Mountains Media Resource by

    Philippians 1:6

    Though God’s people are often called to walk difficult paths, God is faithful to supply moments of rest in order to strengthen and sustain His pilgrims. After enduring numerous hardships and trials, Christian and Hopeful at last arrive in the Delectable Mountains, a place of safety and spiritual refreshment. As they prepare for the final phase of their journey, the shepherds of the mountains equip the pilgrims with both encouragement and clear warnings of the dangers that still confront them. View Resource

  • The Castle of Giant Despair Media Resource by

    Psalm 88

    The pilgrimage of the Christian life carries the believer through all types of terrain. After escaping from persecution at Vanity Fair, Christian journeyed onward, sharing the joys and difficulties of the road with Hopeful, a new fellow pilgrim. Choosing to depart from the king’s highway in order to follow an easier path, the travellers soon found themselves imprisoned in Doubting Castle, in what constitutes one of the most dark and profound scenes in Pilgrim’s Progress. View Resource

  • The Godless City: Vanity Fair Media Resource by

    Matthew 16:24

    Christian has withstood spiritual warfare against the foul Apollyon, and he has safely traversed the Valley of the Shadow of Death. While the dangers behind him were apparent, some dangers are less obvious. Though Vanity Fair may not be known for dark shadows or vicious beasts, its seductive temptations and violent opposition to the king will make it one of the most perilous places that Christian has visited in his travels. View Resource

  • The Valley of the Shadow of Death Media Resource by

    Romans 8:5

    After Christian left the Valley of Humiliation, his path led him to an even darker and more foreboding place. This is often the case in the Christian life, as one period of difficulty may follow another. In these times, Christians can be particularly vulnerable to temptation, discouragement, and spiritual desolation. Yet, God will not desert His people in the valley. As Christian learned, God’s faithfulness often is revealed most poignantly in the midst of doubt and hardship. View Resource

  • The Valley of Humiliation Media Resource by

    Ephesians 6:10-20

    In the wake of Satan’s rebellious struggle against God’s rule, Christians do not remain neutral. As soon as a person is united by faith to Jesus Christ, he or she has become a potential target of the Enemy’s spiritual attacks. At times these attacks can be direct and apparent, and sometimes they are carried out through subtlety and trickery. By being firmly grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ and by putting on the full armor of God, Christians can be armed and equipped to withstand the Devil’s onslaughts. View Resource