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Prodigal Son Resources

Free online resources based on The Prodigal Son or Lost Son, a parable of Jesus. This story can be found in the Bible in the book of Luke. See below for links to sermons, stories and entertaining sites for this parable.

“His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you and I are very close, and everything I have is yours. We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now is found!’ “ — Luke 15:31-32 <NLT>

The Parable of the Prodigal Son Summary

Jesus used this beautiful parable to illustrate God’s desire to have everyone under the protection of His love. It also shows the folly of trying to find happiness apart from your Heavenly Father.

The younger son demanded his inheritance and traveled to a faraway land where he partied all his money away. When a famine came, he was forced to take the most humiliating job possible – feeding pigs. He was so hungry he was jealous of the food they ate.

The Bible tells us that he finally came to his senses. He realized that his sins had cut him off from his Father and assumed he was no longer worthy to be called his son. He decided he would beg his Father to take him on as a servant.

Before he had even made it home, his Father saw him in the distance. He ran to his son and threw his arms around him. Such was the joy the Father had at seeing his son again. The son told his Father that he wanted to be made his servant. Notice his Father did not even respond to this. Instead, he put a ring on his finger, nice clothes on his back, restored him to a place of honor and then in case that did not make the point – he threw a party in his honor.

His son was “dead,” but now he was alive!

As you read and meditate on the Prodigal Son resources below, notice how each character, the father, the older son and the younger son, react to the same situation. Don’t be like the older brother who was ignorant of all that was his. Receive all that God has given you with joy. And like the younger son, never forget that no matter how far you stray from God, there will be a heavenly celebration on your return.

Because this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found! And they began to revel and feast and make merry. Luke 15:24 <AMP>

Read the Prodigal Son Parable in five popular translations – AMP, KJV, HCSB, NIV, The Message:

Parable of the Prodigal Son – Luke 15:11-32

Check out all the wonderful Christian content linked below and learn more about this parable.

Children’s Bible Stories – Scriptures and Adaptations on the Prodigal Son

The Prodigal Son – An easy to read version of the classic parable and a contemporary version of the same story. Includes links to games and activities.

The Prodigal Son – Retelling of the Prodigal Son parable. Includes key concepts for discussion and faith building exercise.

The Lost Son – Luke 15:11-31 – Short version, scroll down to 3rd story.

Children’s Stories – Original Fiction Based on the Prodigal Son

Sheldon – The Tree that Loved the Prodigal Son – The Prodigal Son story through the eyes of a tree

Children’s Activities, Crafts, Coloring Pages, Music, Plays & Poetry for the Prodigal Son Parable

The Prodigal Son – Coloring page based on Luke 15:11-32

Prodigal Son Activities – Coloring page, crossword puzzle, seek & find activity and questions about the Prodigal Son parable

The Prodigal Son – A song sung to the tune “Little Rabbit in the Woods”

Salvation – The Prodigal Son – A lesson for two puppets or a ventriloquist and dummy by Rev. Gary R. Linn

The Prodigal Son – A children’s lesson/play using puppets focusing on the jealous brother

Children’s Sermons & Lessons on the Parable of the Prodigal Son

The Prodigal Son – A Kids Bible Lesson Plan and activities based on the story of the Prodigal Son

Bad Boy (Prodigal Son) – A children’s sermon on The Prodigal Son parable

The Prodigal Son – A Sunday School lesson outline based on The Prodigal Son

Devotions, Discussions & Sermons and Other Resources About the Prodigal Son Parable

Prodigal Son Resources For Teachers – Teaching resources for Prodigal Son stories and activities

The Prodigal God – A short discussion of the extravagant love God has for everyone as revealed by the Prodigal Son parable.

Prodigal Love For The Prodigal Son – A sermon by C. H. Spurgeon

The Prodigal Son – A sermon by Benjamin B. Warfield (1851-1921)

A 4-part sermon on the Prodigal Son by Rev. John van Popta of the Canadian Reformed Church

The Prodigal Son 1 – The Prodigal Son Leaves
The Prodigal Son 2 – The Prodigal Son Returns
The Prodigal Son 3 – The Elder Son
The Prodigal Son 4 – The Father Receives Sons Home

The Prodigal Son or The Compassionate Father – A good discussion on The Prodigal Son parable and Hebrew tradition

What Justified the Prodigal Son – A discussion on justification by faith based on the Prodigal Son Parable.

The Return of the Prodigal Son – A painting by Harmenszoon van Rijn Rembrandt

The Parable of the Prodigal Son – Includes information on how the parable has influenced secular works.


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Suggested Search Terms: Lost Son, Christian Parables, Parables of Jesus, Gospel of Luke, Parables for Kids, Prodigal Son

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  1. joanne says:

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