Christian’s Journey, Part I

Enter the captivating, allegorical world of one of the most influential books in all of Christendom. A treasure trove of spiritual truths, John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress has encouraged and delighted countless weary sojourners along their way to the Celestial City. Join Dr. Derek Thomas as he explores the biblical truths behind this beloved and legendary story as he seeks to bring wisdom and comfort to fellow Christian pilgrims.

  • Worldwide Class

    Take this course with Ligonier Connect students from around the world. In the Worldwide Class, you'll be able to:

    • Take the course at your own pace
    • Discuss questions and share notes with your classmates
    • Keep unlimited access to the course content with an active Ligonier Connect subscription
  • Create your own group class

    Take this course with your own private group of friends, family, or church members. With a group class, you'll be able to:

    • Take the class together on a schedule or allow members to work at their own pace
    • Invite anyone to join your class (requires a Ligonier Connect subscription)
    • Moderate discussion questions and leave feedback for each member of your class
    • Monitor each member's progress at a glance

About this course

Charles Spurgeon begins his commentary on Pilgrim’s Progress by calling it “next to the Bible, the book I value most.” What is it about this beloved classic that has so greatly encouraged and delighted Christians since its first publication in 1678? It surely begins with the fact that John Bunyan sought, as much as possible, to ground his story in the truths of Scripture. Join Dr. Derek Thomas as he explores the plot line, characters, and scriptural truth behind the most popular Christian book of all time.

Course path preview

  • Getting Started

    • Welcome to Christian’s Journey, Part I

      • read Hello and welcome
      • read About this course
  • Commons Area

    • Community group

      • to-do Request access to the Pilgrim’s Progress Common Room Facebook group
  • Christian’s Journey, Part 1

    • Lesson 1: The City of Destruction

      • Take Pilgrim’s Progress
      • read Introduction & Scripture Reading
      • watch The City of Destruction
      • to-do Discuss
    • Lesson 2: The Wicket Gate

      • Take The burden of guilt
      • read Introduction & Scripture Reading
      • watch The Wicket Gate
      • to-do Discuss
    • Lesson 3: The Interpreter’s House

      • Take The solution to all of your problems
      • read Introduction & Scripture Reading
      • watch The Interpreter’s House
      • to-do Discuss
    • Lesson 4: The Cross & the Sepulcher

      • Take Freedom
      • read Introduction & Scripture Reading
      • watch The Cross & the Sepulcher
      • to-do Discuss
    • Self-assessment

      • Take Self-assessment
  • Conclusion

    • Conclusion

      • to-do Community Post 1: Your Spiritual Journey
      • read Thank you
      • to-do Register for Part II

About the teacher

Derek Thomas

Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas is senior minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C., and Robert Strong Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta.

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