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Sermon Outline - The Prodigal Son, Luke ch.15 vv.11-32

Date22/02/2004
Time18:30
PreacherRev. Maurice Roberts, Inverness
Sermon TitleThe Prodigal Son
TextLuke ch.15 vv.11-32
Sermon ID777

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Introduction

  1. God loves sinners to be saved. Proof.
  2. This is said to encourage you.
  3. This parable fits the lives of sinners who are saved.
  1. OFF TO ENJOY LIFE: v.12-13

    1. How little people have changed!
    2. This young man had a very good home
    3. Yet he wanted to enjoy life.
    4. Worldly pleasures are expensive.
    5. "Riotous living" is what sinners love.
      APPLICATION: Sin is a sort of madness, as we see here.
  2. REAPING MISERY: v.14-16

    1. "As we sow, we reap". So here.
    2. "From riches to rags" - the life of sin.
    3. Misery of every sort is here.
    4. Four things he did not foresee
      1. HUNGER
      2. the POVERTY
      3. the PIGS
      4. the LONELINESS
      :
    APPLICATION: Do you envy this man?
  3. COMING TO HIS SENSES: v. 17-19

    1. "came to himself". What this means.
    2. He remembered God + His mercy (v.18).
    3. He humbled himself to confess sin.
    4. He hated himself for what he had done.
    APPLICATION: It is never too late to repent + go back to God.
  4. CONFESSION OF SIN: v.21

    1. There is here a promise of great mercy - far greater than he expected.
    2. See how Christ encourages repentance!
    3. The son's repentance is wonderful:
      1. it was sincere
      2. it was heavenly
      3. it was full of godly sorrow
      4. it honoured his father
    APPLICATION: Have you ever repented like this?
  5. ENJOYMENT OF A FATHER'S LOVE: v. 22-23

    1. Christ shows the welcome which God gives to every sinner who repents (v.7, 10 also).
    2. God gives rich blessings to the penitent:
      1. a place in his house
      2. a robe of righteousness
      3. a token of love in his assurance
      4. a place at his Table
    APPLICATION: See the welcome that awaits you!
  6. THE SAD CASE OF THE ELDER BROTHER: v. 24f

    1. This is a sad ending which ought to have been a happy one.
    2. Who does the Elder Brother represent?
    3. It is the unconverted church person who feels no need of repentance and who cannot forgive others. Sad sight!

CONCLUSION

The gospel makes us happy.
All need to repent and turn to God.


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