The lesson: A person who hears the gospel will either become convicted (as was Graceless) or he will reject it and become hardened.
The Continuing Concern of Graceless
• Graceless cannot find ease from his conviction, so he wanders daily in the field, reading his Bible. How is this a perfect picture of Bunyan’s own experience? he, too, often wandered aimlessly in the fields, seeking a way to find peace for his lost soul
• How is Acts 8:26–31
parallel to the situation of Graceless? the Ethiopian eunuch was sitting in the desert in his chariot reading the Word of God (Isaiah) and wondering about its meaning
The lesson: A searching sinner is every preacher’s dream. Few people today are burdened about their sin and searching for an answer of how to ease that burden. The preacher’s job is to preach on sin, hell, and judgment such that men become burdened and start seeking relief for their souls’ burdens.
The Conversation with Evangelist
Evangelist met Graceless and pointed him in the right direction. Every Christian is to be like Evangelist. We should always be looking for graceless people with burdens on their backs to whom we can give directions to Christ. Note that Evangelist used one of the best techniques of witnessing—he asked questions! He got Graceless to think about and then admit his burden. Too many soul winners do all of the talking and thereby cause the sinner to clam up and refuse to talk.
• What were the questions that Evangelist asked?
1. Why are you crying?
2. Why are you not willing to die seeing that life is filled with so many problems?
3. If this is your condition why are you simply standing still?
4. Do you see the wicket-gate?
5. Do you see the shining light?
Such questions are aimed squarely at causing the lost soul to reach the following conclusions:
1. I have a problem.
2. I have to die and go to hell.
3. I can’t stand still but must do something about it.
4. I must go through a narrow gate, a way that the crowd isn’t going.
5. I must follow the light of God’s Word to reach the gate.
• Why is Graceless crying? He knew from the Word that he must die and then face judgment and he's neither willing nor able to do so
• Why is Graceless unwilling to die despite the fact that his present life is miserable? He was afraid that his burden would sink him lower than the grave and that he would end up in Tophet, and he wasn't ready for that!
• Why is Graceless standing still? He didn't know which way to go for his salvation
The Cry of His Neighbors and Family
When a person begins to show a real desire and keen interest in spiritual things, he will face the taunts and jeers of his unsaved friends and family members. They will tease him, mock him, and even threaten him because his sudden change in attitude makes them look bad. Similarly, Graceless hears the cries and taunts of his family and friends as he hurries toward the wicket–gate.
• How does Luke 9:62
apply to Graceless? Once he (and the plowman) starts, he can't turn back again
• In Genesis 19:15-17, how does Lot’s experience parallel the story of Graceless? Both of them were told to leave their respective cities with their families and not to look back lest they be consumed with the cities when they were destroyed
• In Jeremiah 20:1 , what were Jeremiah’s enemies anxious to see happen to him? They wanted to see him fall to enticements, etc., so that they could rejoice in his downfall and could get revenge against him.
The lesson: The world does not like to see one of its own get caught up in spiritual things, so it puts even more pressure on the sinner who is under conviction, thereby making it even harder for him to come to Christ.
• When his family calls after him, what does Graceless do that a sinner must do if he is to make it to Christ? He ran the other way, stopped his ears against their cries, and repeated to himself his goal of eternal life. He refused to look back.
notes from the teacher’s lesson
The Burdened Sinner
• All Are Burdened, But Only One Is concerned
• The Reason Only One Is Burdened
• He is the only one that really believes his condition because he is the only one that has been exposed to the Word of God.
The Light–Hearted Sinner
• They Are Blinded
• They Are Hardened
The Wise Evangelist
• He Appears at the Right time
• God Leads Saints and sinners Together
• The Man Who Finds Hungry Souls Is the Man Who Hunts For Them
• He Knew the right approach
• He Asked questions
• He Knew Where to point him
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
Quiz—Lesson 3 The Soul Under Conviction
Name____________________________________________ Date ______________ Score_________
True–False Circle the T or the F to indicate your answer.
T F 1. Tophet is another name for depression.
T F 2. The Pilgrim’s Progress is told in first person with the narrator being Christian.
T F 3. The pilgrim’s family members were sympathetic of his distress and tried to encourage him and lift his spirits toward positive, spiritual thoughts.
T F 4. Pilgrim’s wife and family did not understand his distress over his burden.
Matching Match each character on the right with the role on the left that he played in this lesson.
|_____5. Pointed the pilgrim toward the wicket–gate and the light
_____6. Thought that the pilgrim was temporarily insane
_____7. Was greatly troubled and burdened of soul
C. The pilgrim’s family
8. What reason did the pilgrim offer to Evangelist when Evangelist asked him why he was simply standing still in the field?________________________________________________________
9. What does the book that the pilgrim is reading represent?_______________________________
10.What were two things that the pilgrim did in response to his family members’ cries for him to return to the city of Destruction?________________________________________________
11. Why do unsaved friends and family members taunt or argue with one who begins to show a real desire and interest in spiritual things?
12. Explain why the pilgrim is unwilling to die and not able to be judged.
13. Explain the meaning of the pilgrim’s manner of dress; the burden on his back; and his trembling and crying out, “What can I do?”