Sermon Outline - The Prodigal Son, Luke ch.15 vv.11-32
|Preacher||Rev. Maurice Roberts, Inverness|
|Sermon Title||The Prodigal Son|
|Text||Luke ch.15 vv.11-32 |
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- God loves sinners to be saved. Proof.
- This is said to encourage you.
- This parable fits the lives of sinners who are saved.
OFF TO ENJOY LIFE: v.12-13
- How little people have changed!
- This young man had a very good home
- Yet he wanted to enjoy life.
- Worldly pleasures are expensive.
- "Riotous living" is what sinners love.
APPLICATION: Sin is a sort of madness, as we see here.
REAPING MISERY: v.14-16
- "As we sow, we reap". So here.
- "From riches to rags" - the life of sin.
- Misery of every sort is here.
- Four things he did not foresee
- the POVERTY
- the PIGS
- the LONELINESS
COMING TO HIS SENSES: v. 17-19
- "came to himself". What this means.
- He remembered God + His mercy (v.18).
- He humbled himself to confess sin.
- He hated himself for what he had done.
CONFESSION OF SIN: v.21
- There is here a promise of great mercy - far greater than he expected.
- See how Christ encourages repentance!
- The son's repentance is wonderful:
- it was sincere
- it was heavenly
- it was full of godly sorrow
- it honoured his father
ENJOYMENT OF A FATHER'S LOVE: v. 22-23
- Christ shows the welcome which God gives to every sinner who repents (v.7, 10 also).
- God gives rich blessings to the penitent:
- a place in his house
- a robe of righteousness
- a token of love in his assurance
- a place at his Table
THE SAD CASE OF THE ELDER BROTHER: v. 24f
- This is a sad ending which ought to have been a happy one.
- Who does the Elder Brother represent?
- It is the unconverted church person who feels no need of repentance and who cannot forgive others. Sad sight!
The gospel makes us happy.
All need to repent and turn to God.
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