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The PILGRIM's PRogress

The Advent parish family will be reading The Pilgrim’s Progress this fall. Below you’ll find more information and resources as we take this journey together.

The Pilgrim’s Progress—rooted and steeped in Scripture—is the timeless story of Christian as he travels from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City. Every chapter is full of truths right out of the Bible. To help you in your study, we have selected two biblical passages related to the reading to focus on each week. Our desire is to allow the Word of God to work on us so we, like Christian, may be changed by it.

The Pilgrim’s Progress has many editions. To simplify things, we are suggesting the following two editions, which are available at The Advent Bookstore, open Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. You may also purchase it during their off-hours by leaving a message (205-323-2959) or emailing the bookstore (Bookstore@CathedralAdvent.com). Your pre-purchased book will then be available for pick-up at the church’s receptionist’s desk during the week (M-F, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) or on Sunday morning.

  • Desiring God edition: This edition can be purchased in paperback or downloaded for free. This version is Bunyan’s original 1678 version, unabridged.
  • Crossway Edition: This edition was edited by C. J. Lovik. He took the original version and updated keywords and phrases, making this edition more accessible to modern readers, yet retaining the dignity and beauty of Bunyan’s language.
  • Dangerous Journey: This edition is the retelling of the The Pilgrim’s Progress for children ages 8 – 12.

Reading Plans 


Week 1: Watch Andrew Pearson’s Introduction | CLICK HERE

Week 2: Christian Stumbles | CLICK HERE
     Biblical Passages: Acts 16:25-34; Psalm 40:1-8, 13-17 

Week 3: Christian Rediscovers Grace | CLICK HERE
     Biblical Passages: Matthew 7:13-27; Philippians 1:3-11

Week 4: The Path to House Beautiful | CLICK HERE
     Biblical Passages: Romans 5:1-11; Mark 13:32-37

Week 5: Lessons from the Valleys of Humiliation and Death | CLICK HERE
     Biblical Passages: Ephesians 6:10-20; Psalm 23

Week 6: Christian Meets Faithful | CLICK HERE
     Biblical Passages: Isaiah 6:1-7; Colossians 2:8, 16-23

Week 7: The Temptations of Vanity Fair CLICK HERE
     Biblical Passages: 2 Timothy 3:1-9; 2 Timothy 4:1-8

Week 8: Hopeful Joins Christian CLICK HERE
     Biblical Passages: Psalm 88:1-7, 13-18; Romans 8:31-39

Week 9: Rest for the Soul at the Delectable Mountains CLICK HERE
     Biblical Passages: Psalm 84:1-7 and John 10:7-18

Week 10: Devious Travelers Confront Christian CLICK HERE
     Biblical Passages: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; 1 Peter 5:6-11

Week 11: Ignorance Dismisses Christian’s Gospel CLICK HERE
     Biblical Passages: Luke 18:18-30; Colossians 3:1-11

Week 12: Christian Reaches the Celestial City CLICK HERE
     Biblical Passages: Isaiah 43:1-7; Revelation 21:1-8

Week 13: Wrap-up of The Pilgrim’s Progress and a brief overview of Pilgrim’s Progress 2: Christiana’s Story  CLICK HERE
     Biblical Passages: Ephesians 3:14-21; 2 Corinthians 13:11–14
     Questions for Small Groups: CLICK HERE

After you complete each week’s reading and study, watch the video summary posted above.

May God bless you richly through this study as we journey towards the Celestial City and our great and gracious King!