Tom Sullivan – Pilgrim’s Progress Final – Fearful End of Ignorance

In this solemn lesson, the story of the casting out of Ignorance from the gate of heaven is explained. Quotes are given from Jonathan Edwards’s sermon Sinners in Zion Tenderly Warned, John Bunyan’s Barren Fig Tree, or the Downfall of the Fruitless Professor, and Samuel Davies, The Resurrection of the Dead. So as to not … Continue reading Tom Sullivan – Pilgrim’s Progress Final – Fearful End of Ignorance

Thomas Sullivan – The River of Death – Pilgrim’s Progress

In this lesson we examined why for some saints, crossing the great divide is fearful, why God seems to hide His face, and how to prepare for that solemn day. We mentioned the story: A death-bed dialogue: being a series of conversations between Mr. Shirra, 1724-1803 and Mr. Lister – a 27-year-old young pastor who … Continue reading Thomas Sullivan – The River of Death – Pilgrim’s Progress

Tom Sullivan – Pilgrim’s Progress Study – The Character Temporary

The full title of this adult Sunday School lesson is Temporary and the Twofold Working of the Spirit. The Twofold working of the Spirit is the title of a chapter in A W Pink’s commentary on Hebrews where he details the work of the Holy Spirit upon the non-elect. It is also called “The Common … Continue reading Tom Sullivan – Pilgrim’s Progress Study – The Character Temporary

Thomas Sullivan – Pilgrim’s Progress – The Conversion of Hopeful

In this lesson, the conversion of Hopeful is detailed analytically and compared to historical accounts. The question that we aimed to answer is why, sometimes, there is a lengthy awakening involving conviction of sin and self seeking prior to being granted converting grace by the Spirit. What purpose does it serve, why does God often … Continue reading Thomas Sullivan – Pilgrim’s Progress – The Conversion of Hopeful

Pilgrim’s Progress – The Enchanted Ground – T M Sullivan

In this lesson, we sought to learn about what the Enchanted Ground represents. First, in a society or town, 2ndly in the church, 3rd in the individual believer. It also is a very basic introduction to declension in spirituality prior to the 1st and 2nd Great Awakening and the revivals that came after in answer … Continue reading Pilgrim’s Progress – The Enchanted Ground – T M Sullivan

Thomas Sullivan – Pilgrim’s Progress Study – The Flatterer

In this study, we have come to the place where Christian and Hopeful are deceived by the Flatterer. A modern illustration is drawn by this character to the teaching of the proponents of the Federal Vision or Auburn Avenue Theology and the redefining of the doctrine of justification by faith. Finally, we discuss the encounter … Continue reading Thomas Sullivan – Pilgrim’s Progress Study – The Flatterer

Pilgrim’s Progress Part 2 – Mr. Fearing

In this lesson, as a companion to the study of Little Faith, we discussed a character from Bunyan’s second part – Mr. Fearing. “It took him a whole month,” tells Greatheart, “to face the Slough. But he would not go back neither. Till, one sunshiny morning, nobody ever knew how, he ventured, and so got over.But … Continue reading Pilgrim’s Progress Part 2 – Mr. Fearing

Tom Sullivan – Pilgrim’s Progress – What IS Giant Despair?

In this study, we go into detail on the subject of deep spiritual depression, the definition of spiritual melancholy. We look at a number of test cases and finally discuss the cures. Finally, we look at Christian and Hopeful’s escape from Doubting Castle. PowerPoint Slide Show GiantDespairDefined Notes for the Class on Giant Despair 2 The Castle … Continue reading Tom Sullivan – Pilgrim’s Progress – What IS Giant Despair?

Thomas Sullivan – Pilgrim’s Progress Study – Ignorance, Little Faith

In this study, three more characters are described. Ignorance, Turn-Away, Little Faith. The character Little Faith is examined as to why there are people who almost have no assurance what-so-ever. Also why it is inconvenient to have little assurance. The question is answered – what counsel do you give to a person who seems to … Continue reading Thomas Sullivan – Pilgrim’s Progress Study – Ignorance, Little Faith