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Lessons for Young (and Old) Believers

Lessons for Young (and Old) Believers

John Bunyan’s classic work The Pilgrim’s Progress allegorizes the Christian life with the story of a man named Christian who is on a journey from the City of Destruction to Mount Zion. Early in his journey Christian passes through the House of Interpreter and learns seven lessons which will become his foundation for a successful journey. These lessons are still important for us today, whether we have just begun our spiritual journey or have been walking as believers for many years. After each lesson, I have included some scripture references on the topic for further study.

1. Seek out a faithful pastor. The first thing Christian sees is a painting of a man: “It had eyes lifted up to heaven, the best of books in his hand, the law of truth was written upon its lips, the world was behind its back; it stood as if it pleaded with men, and a crown of gold did hang over its head.”

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The Happy Man

“I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t want to be happy. In fact, most people would readily admit this desire as the supreme goal and aim of their life. Do you know how to find happiness? What does the happy man actually look like? Do your family members know? Co-workers? Neighbors? Friends? Maybe no better words were ever penned to answer this question than those written by the early 20th century Scottish Highland’s minister Lauchlan Mackenzie. Rev. Mackenzie helpfully and poetically detailed the life of the happy man:

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Seven Principles of Sanctification

A.  Be as certain as you can be that Jesus Christ has truly become your Lord and Savior.
B.  Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit who lives in you.
C.  Learn Biblical doctrine in order to not be easily swayed from your faith.
D.  Spend regular time in worship and fellowship with the saints.
E.  Be obedient to every word of the Lord.
F.  Read and pray on your own and in your family.
G.  Learn to speak to others about Christ.

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