||Leaving the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Christian comes to a small hill, where he spies Faithful ahead of him.
• Faithful’s experiences at each point along the way are totally different from those of Christian, again emphasizing the fact that no two people have the same experiences in life. Thus, God’s Word confirms, “There are diversities of operations, but it is _the same God who works all in all_ (1 Cor. 12:6).”
• Why is the little hill put in the way? _so that the pilgrims can see ahead of them on the way_
Note especially the words on purpose. God is a God of purpose. Nothing ever happens—either for good or ill—accidentally. Many things happen for our harm because of our own blundering and foolishness, but all that happens does so for our ultimate good.
(See Rom. 8:28.)
• What does James 1:17 say about this issue? every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the father of lights, with whom is no variableness, nei-ther shadow of turning.
The little hill, or rise in the road, represents any time of revival or special closeness to the Lord. It might be a particular week or month when you just seem closer to the Lord than usual. His Word is a little more precious to you, prayer is a little fresher, souls are a little more valuable, and preaching seems to warm your heart more. How long has it been since your last “little hill”?
Vainglory and Its Results
• Seeing Faithful, Christian hurries forward and soon not only overtakes him but also passes him. What does Christian immediately do when he overtakes Faithful? _He smiles proudly
However, what results from this moment of pride? _He stumbles and falls
What Vainglory Is
• What is the dictionary definition of vainglory? _an extreme pride in oneself; boastful vanity
The vainglorious smile that plays on Christian’s lips indicates that the carnal nature is still working in him.
The Result of Vainglory
• What does Proverbs 16:18 tell us follows vainglory? _destruction; a fall
Note how quickly Christian’s fall follows his ascent up the little hill. Revival is followed by the temptation to pride, and soon thereafter we find ourselves flat on our face.
• The word vainglory is found once in the Bible
(Phil. 2:3) and means “empty glorying” (i.e., being proud of worthless or foolish things). Of what worthless things are you proud? _showing someone up, chewing someone out when they deserve it, boasting in nothing
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The best definition of faithful is “full of faith.” Our modern definition has more the idea of dependability than of faith, but faith is what makes a person faithful and dependable in the first place. You will see that Faithful is named appropriately.
His Tenacious Faith
We see his faith even before he leaves the city of Destruction. Not only does he believe in the coming judgment on the city, but also he firmly believes it. Here we see the tenacity of faith. Real faith holds on firmly when everyone else deserts. Real faith will stand alone while the rest of the crowd mocks and jeers. Do you have firm faith?
• What former companion of Christian did not have tenacious faith? _Pliable
• Why was it seven times worse for him when he returned than if he had never started the journey at all? _The people of the city of Destruction greatly derided and berated him and mocked and despised him, and he couldn’t get anyone to hire him for work.
• Why did they mock him? After all, didn’t they, too, hate the way that he forsook? _They said that he was a turncoat, a traitor, and untrue to his profession
Lesson: Faith that is not tenacious brings more shame than glory to both God and the faithless Christian.
His Loyal Faith
True faith is loyal to that in which the faith is placed. If a coach has faith in a basketball player’s ability, he will stick by him even when he misses a few shots. We call this loyalty.
A Christian shows loyalty by his faithfulness in devotions when others are unfaith-ful, by his loyalty to his church and school leaders even when others criticize them, and (most importantly) by his loyalty to God when Satan tempts him to fornication.
His Temptation by Wanton
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1. Her CharacterWanton means “undisciplined” and applies especially to a lack of discipline in sexual relations. Those who are more apt to fall prey to this woman are those who lack (among other things) personal self–discipline.
2. Her History
• Wanton is as old as history. What Old Testament
(Gen. 19:11–13) man did she try unsuccessfully to beguile? _Joseph_ How did he escape her? _He fled right out of his coat_
3. Her Ways
• She uses _flattery_. All humans are subject to flattery. A young girl entices a young man by boasting of his muscularity or his lovemaking ability. Similarly, many young ladies have been ruined because of the flattery of a young man. His declaration that “I love you and want you” causes her heart to melt and her emotions to run high.
• She also uses promises. What does she promise? _carnal and fleshly contentment_
Yet, these promises are all lies. Her promises do not include the promise of the contentment of a good conscience. Those who lose their loyalty to God through immorality wake up with a wounded, dirty conscience that will haunt them.
What does Proverbs say of Wanton’s lips?
• Proverbs 2:16 _she flatters with her lips_
• Proverbs 5:5 _her lips are like honeycomb_
Sexual or moral laxness results in death and judgment. According to the following verses, what are the result of following Wanton’s path?
• Proverbs 2:16–19 _her house inclines to death; no one returns from her house alive_
• Proverbs 5:4 _Her end is as bitter as wormwood and as sharp as a two-edged sword.
• Proverbs 5:5 _Her feet go to death and her steps take hold on hell
Read Proverbs 7:6–23.
God wants teens who are faithful in their vows to Him. Therefore, “flee fornica-tion” (1 Cor. 6:18), and “flee also youthful lusts”
(2 Tim. 2:22).
notes from the teacher’s lesson (TCA 13)
Memory Verse #1 from Creation lesson #1
Memory Verse # 2 from Creation lesson # 3
Hebrews (11:6) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Memory Verse # 3 from Creation lesson # 5
1 Corinthians 13:12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
Memory Verse # 4 from Creation lesson # 6
Genesis 1:1–2 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”
Memory Verse # 5 from Creation lesson # 7
1 Corinthians 15:21–22
For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive .
Memory Verse # 6 from Creation lesson # 9
Romans 3:4 ....let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written:
“That You may be justified in Your words,
And may overcome when You are judged.”
Memory Verse # 7 from Pilgrim's Progress lesson ch1 Don't worry
Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say to you,do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?...
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Memory Verse # 8 from Pilgrim's Progress lesson ch3
Proverbs 29:1 Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy
Memory Verse # 9 from Pilgrim's Progress lesson ch5
Memory Verse # 10 from Pilgrim's Progress lesson ch7
Memory Verse # 11 from Pilgrim's Progress lesson ch 9
Memory Verse # 13 from Pilgrim's Progress lesson ch 13
1. Write a two–page paper describing the characteristics and benefits of Christian friendship. In your paper, explain the meaning of and apply the statement “Faithful are the wounds of a friend”
2. Study Ecclesiastes 4:9–10. Explain the significance of this passage to the topic of Christian companionship.
3. Read and report on Jack Wyrtzen’s booklet Sex and the Bible. Include in your report the Christian philosophy of sexuality and what should be a Christian teenager’s attitude and conduct in this regard.