From John Bunyan – To Those in Ministry


John Bunyan wrote Pilgrim’s Progress while being imprisoned the second time for preaching without a license.

Pilgrim’s Progress is a monumental classic, second only to the Bible in the number of copies sold since its first printing in 1678.  I’m reproducing here some of the anguish he wrote about being called to preach.  These are important for anyone engaged in ministry.

  1. “I could not rest unless I was preaching. “ (He had a real call!)
  2. “The Holy Spirit never intended that people with gifts and abilities bury them and not use them.”
  3. “We preach according to our faith, - we can’t preach effectively what we haven’t experienced.”
  4. “I preached what I felt.”
  5. “It sometimes seemed as if an angel of God were standing behind me encouraging me.”
  6. “I suffered great loss when those I’d helped fell back into sin.”
  7. “Sometimes when I thought I have done the least, I have accomplished the most.”
  8. “I was interested in fruit.  It mattered not the compliments if there was no fruit.”
  9. “I have struggled with discouragement and being tempted to not preach truth.”
  10. “I have been tempted to pride and vainglory.”
  11. “Great grace and small gifts are better than great gifts and no grace.”