Christian enjoys a few days at the Palace Beautiful. He finds rest, peace and strength for the next stage of his journey. Why don't we feel this way after attending church? How can the modern church strengthen us on our pilgrimage?
Christian is now fully saved. Yet he struggles to keep his sense of assurance. All of us hit spiritual plateaus that make us doubt our salvation. Yet we can regain our assurance as Christian does.
Christian enters at the Wicket Gate and follows the way to Interpreter's House. There he is shown beneficial things. These benefit us as well by correcting our expectations about the Christian life.
Christian's journey begins with heartbreak and difficulty. His conversion isn't easy and quick like in our day. He shows us how to deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow Jesus.
The Mayflower carried English pilgrims to America in 1620. Later that century, another significant pilgrimage took place - John Bunyan wrote The Pilgrim's Progress. It is perhaps the greatest book written in English. Let us journey with Christian to the Celestial City!