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The poet Robert Browning (1812-1889) wrote:

“A fiery tear he put in every tone.
‘Tis my belief God spoke; no tinker has such powers.”

Of course, he was speaking of John Bunyan (1628-1688), the tinker (one who repairs pots and pans) of Bedford, England, who wrote the greatest allegory ever written. This classic story uses the metaphor of a journey to trace the path of the central character, Christian, as he struggles to escape the City of Destruction and find his way to the Celestial City. Along the path, he encounters many people and experiences the very things that we find described in the pages of God’s Word. Relevant for every generation for over three hundred years, untold millions around the world have discovered how to receive the free gift of eternal life and have matured in their walk with Christ by returning over and over again to this creative masterpiece.

Charles H. Spurgeon said of Bunyan’s work: “Next to the Bible, the book I value most is John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. I believe I have read it through at least a hundred times. It is a volume of which I never seem to tire; and the secret of its freshness is that it is so largely compiled from the Scriptures. It is really Biblical teaching put into the form of a simple yet very striking allegory.”

You may never match Spurgeon’s milestone of 100, but it is quite possible that The Pilgrim’s Progress could become one of the greatest touchstones of your life, testing the genuineness of your faith and the reality of your own relationship with Christ as you encounter some of the richest metaphors that language can offer to one seeking first the kingdom of God.

 

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The Pilgrim’s Progress is, without question, a book to be read in solitude - in an environment that promotes quiet reflection and meditation. I would also argue that there is significant benefit in gathering a small group of believers to discuss Bunyan’s metaphors. Men, women, and students have been studying this edited version of The Pilgrim’s Progress for over 20 years. The study can easily be completed over a nine month period. The material, which contains Bunyan’s Apology and 25 individual chapters, may be downloaded, after which it may be printed or saved to your favorite electronic reader. For printed copies, please contact the Jackson Institute.

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The Author's Apology
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Chapter 1: Christian Begins His Journey
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Chapter 2: Help and Worldly Wiseman
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Chapter 3: Evangelist and Goodwill
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Chapter 4: Interpreter’s House
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Chapter 5: The Cross and the Hill Difficulty
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Chapter 6: The Porter’s Lodge
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Chapter 7: The Study, Armory, and Delectable Mountains
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Chapter 8: Apollyon
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Chapter 9: The Valley of the Shadow of Death
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Chapter 10: Faithful
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Chapter 11: Talkative
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Chapter 12: Vanity Fair
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Chapter 13: By-ends and Demas
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Chapter 14: Lot’s Wife and By-Path Meadow
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Chapter 15: Giant Dispair
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Chapter 16: The Delectable Mountains
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Chapter 17: Ignorance and Little-Faith
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Chapter 18: The Flatterer and the Enchanted Ground
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Chapter 19: Hopeful’s Testimony of God’s Grace
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Chapter 20: Ignorance
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Chapter 21: Christian and Hopeful Discuss Conviction and Backsliding
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Chapter 22: The Country of Beulah
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Chapter 23: A Deep River
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Chapter 24: The Paradise of God
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Chapter 25: Ignorance and the King
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The Conclusion
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Additional Resources for your Study of pilgrim's progress

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Chronology of Bunyan's Life
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How to Read The Pilgrim's Progress
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What Others Say about The Pilgrim's Progress
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John Bunyan’s Text by F.W. Boreham
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Memory Verses for Your Study of The Pilgrim’s Progress
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A Great Idea from Brad Culp
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From September 2010 to June 2012, John Musselman gave 56 lectures on Pilgrim’s Progress at Perimeter Church in Atlanta, Georgia. The PDFs of his PowerPoint slides are available to download for individual or group study. Please contact the Jackson Institute if you are interested in obtaining the PowerPoint slides for use in large group settings.

 Lecture Notes on Pilgrim’s Progress
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Lecture 1 - Introduction
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Lecture 2 - The Life of John Bunyan, Part 1
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Lecture 3 - The Life of John Bunyan, Part 2
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Lecture 4 - The Life of John Bunyan, Part 3
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Lecture 5 - How to Read Bunyan's Allegory, Part 1
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Lecture 6 - How to Read Bunyan's Allegory, Part 2
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Lecture 7 - Bunyan's Apology
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Lecture 8 - Chapter 1, Christian Begins His Journey, Part 1
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Lecture 9 - Chapter 1, Christian Begins His Journey, Part 2
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Lecture 10 - Chapter 1, Christian Begins His Journey, Part 3
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Lecture 11 - Chapter 2, Help and Worldly Wiseman, Part 1
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Lecture 12 - Chapter 2, Help and Worldly Wiseman, Part 2
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Lecture 13 - Chapter 3, Evangelist and Goodwill
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Lecture 14 - Chapter 4, Interpreter's House, Part 1
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Lecture 15 - Chapter 4, Interpreter's House, Part 2
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Lecture 16 - Chapter 4, Interpreter's House, Part 3
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Lecture 17 - Chapter 4, Interpreter's House, Part 4
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Lecture 18 - Chapter 4, Interpreter's House, Part 5
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Lecture 19 - Chapter 4, Interpreter's House, Part 6
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Lecture 20 - Chapter 4, Interpreter's House, Part 7
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Lecture 21 - Chapter 5, The Cross and the Hill Difficulty, Part 1
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Lecture 22 - Chapter 5, The Cross and the Hill Difficulty, Part 2
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Lecture 23 - Chapter 5, The Cross and the Hill Difficulty, Part 3
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Lecture 24 - Chapter 5, The Cross and the Hill Difficulty, Part 4
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Lecture 25 - Chapter 5, The Cross and the Hill Difficulty, Part 5
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Lecture 26 - Chapter 5, The Cross and the Hill Difficulty, Part 6
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Lecture 27 - Chapter 5, The Cross and the Hill Difficulty, Part 7
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Lecture 28 - Chapter 5, The Cross and the Hill Difficulty, Part 8
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Lecture 29 - Chapter 6, The Porter's Lodge, Part 1
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Lecture 30 - Chapter 6, The Porter's Lodge, Part 2
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Lecture 31 - Review of Chapters 1-6
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Lecture 32 - Chapter 7, The Study, Armory, & Delectable Mountains
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Lecture 33 - Chapter 8, Apollyon
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Lecture 34 - Chapter 9, The Valley of the Shadow of Death
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Lecture 35 - Chapter 10, Faithful
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Lecture 36 - Chapter 11, Talkative
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Lecture 37 - Chapter 12, Vanity Fair, Part 1
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Lecture 38 - Chapter 12, Vanity Fair, Part 2
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Lecture 39 - Chapter 12, Vanity Fair, Part 3
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Lecture 40 - Chapter 13, By-ends and Demas, Part 1
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Lecture 41 - Chapter 13, By-ends and Demas, Part 2
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Lecture 42 - Chapter 14, Lot's Wife and By-Path Meadow
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Lecture 43 - Chapter 15, Giant Despair
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Lecture 44 - Chapter 16, The Delectable Mountains
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Lecture 45 - Chapter 17, Ignorance and Little-Faith, Part 1
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Lecture 46 - Chapter 17, Ignorance and Little-Faith, Part 2
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Lecture 47 - Chapter 17, Ignorance and Little-Faith, Part 3
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Lecture 48 - Chapter 18, The Flatterer & the Enchanted Ground, Part 1
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Lecture 49 - Chapter 18, The Flatterer & the Enchanted Ground, Part 2
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Lecture 50 - Chapter 19, Hopeful's Testimony of God's Grace
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Lecture 51 - Chapter 20, Ignorance
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Lecture 52 - Chapter 21, Christian & Hopeful Discuss Conviction & Backsliding
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Lecture 53 - Chapter 22, The Country of Beulah
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Lecture 54 - Chapter 23, A Deep River
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Lecture 55 - Chapter 24, The Paradise of God
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Lecture 56 - Chapter 25, Ignorance and the King
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Pilgrim’s Progress: Marathi Version

This translation was made possible by Nitin Sardar and his team at Dinbandhu Ministries (Friends of the Poor) in India, and Ric Tomlinson of Atlanta, Georgia.

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Cover and Table of Contents
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Chapter 1: Christian Begins His Journey
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Chapter 2: Help and Worldly Wiseman
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Chapter 3: Evangelist and Goodwill
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Chapter 4: Interpreter’s House
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Chapter 5: The Cross and the Hill Difficulty
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Chapter 6: The Porter’s Lodge
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Chapter 7: The Study, Armory, and Delectable Mountains
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Chapter 8: Apollyon
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Chapter 9: The Valley of the Shadow of Death
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Chapter 10: Faithful
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Chapter 11: Talkative
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Chapter 12: Vanity Fair
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Chapter 13: By-ends and Demas
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Chapter 14: Lot’s Wife and By-Path Meadow
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Chapter 15: Giant Dispair
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Chapter 16: The Delectable Mountains
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Chapter 17: Ignorance and Little-Faith
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Chapter 18: The Flatterer and the Enchanted Ground
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Chapter 19: Hopeful’s Testimony of God’s Grace
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Chapter 20: Ignorance
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Chapter 21: Christian and Hopeful Discuss Conviction and Backsliding
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Chapter 22: The Country of Beulah
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Chapter 23: A Deep River
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Chapter 24: The Paradise of God
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Chapter 25: Ignorance and the King
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Study Guide
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