by Donald Cantrell

Beaten, Battered, Backslidden, but Back
Donald Cantrell
Luke 15:11-24

I - The Divisive Plea (11 - 12)
II - The Distant Path (13 - 14a)
III - The Downward Plummet (14b - 16)
IV - The Dramatic Psychoanalysis (17a)
V - The Deliberated Predicament (17b - 19)
VI - The Delightful Portrait (20 - 24)

This sermon contains a fully alliterated outline, with sub-points.

Theme: ''The prodigal may have fallen far away, but he did return''

The primary story of the Prodigal Son is the third part of the trilogy of the lost sheep, the lost silver, and the lost son. If we hold to the textual content of this passage it is dealing with being lost and being found. Its primary meaning is to deal with salvation.

I think this passage can also be used symbolically to depict a person that is saved and wanders away from God, but due to the hardships of being backslidden they find the way back home and to God.

''The pattern of the prodigal is: rebellion, ruin, repentance, reconciliation, restoration.''
Edwin Louis Cole

''If they had a social gospel in the days of the prodigal son, somebody would have given him a bed and a sandwich and he never would have gone home.''
Vance Havner

''Every time I see my brother, I just praise God for God's grace in his life. Because if God can change Franklin from a prodigal into a man of God; he can do it for anybody.''
Anne Graham Lotz


Jack Nicklaus is considered by most as the greatest golfer who has ever played the game. Once, when he was at the top of his game, he quit playing for 30 days to correct something with his game. He couldn't correct it. He tried but to no success. Then he went back to his coach that taught him golf--and his game straightened out. He went on to win more major tournaments than any golfer in history.

What's repentance? It is going back to the Lord and the cross. It's telling Him you are absolutely dependent on Him to change and be forgiven. When the Prodi ...

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