Sermon Directory Series

Ellerslie Sermon Directory

The Marvel of the Mundane

A Study in God’s Method for Showcasing Power

A 2 Part Sermon Series


As Christians, we should desire for God to move mightily and showcase Himself in and through our lives, yet we often overlook the work of God in the mundane. What may appear to be unimpressive, ordinary, and simple moments of life are actually opportunities for God to demonstrate and glorify Himself. In this message entitled The Marvel of the Mundane, Eric Ludy shows the difference between the “wow” and the “mundane” and how God is actively involved in both. Pastor Ludy gives seven principles of Heaven’s work and argues that God’s return of power hinges upon our readiness to allow the mundane aspects of life to declare God’s glory.

The New Creation

A Study in the Inner Physiology of Christian Rebirth

A 2 Part Sermon Series


In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul declares: “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” What does it mean to leave the old and live within the new? In this two-part message by Eric Ludy, the difference between the old creature and the new creature is examined. The triumphant reality of the Cross of Christ is that as Christians we have a whole new anatomy. We have a brand new heart, mind, ears, eyes, nose, and tongue— altering how we think, live, and talk. Some believers want the new heart and mind but wish to leave the new tongue behind; others put emphasis on tongues but forget about the rest of body. As Christians, we are new creatures, where every part of us is transformed ever more into the likeness of Jesus Christ. If you have struggled with what it means to be a new creature in Christ—in every part of your life—this sermon is for you.

44 Happily-Ever-After Lane

A Study in the Beauty and Charm of True Forgiveness

A 2 Part Sermon Series


There is a piece of property that every Christian longs to live at: 44 Happily-Ever-After Lane. This historic property contains the most beautiful and peaceful setting anyone could ever wish to live; and yet it is the place of suffering, difficulty, and war. Sounds like quite the contradiction doesn’t it? In this whimsical and powerful two-part message, Eric Ludy talks about the life of a Christian, the benefits and difficulties that come with it, and the desperate need for forgiveness in our lives. When 44 Happily-Ever-After Lane is riddled with unforgiveness, it can no longer be the beautiful estate God desires us to live in. If you find forgiveness difficult, this sermon will unveil the power to do the impossible.

The Cure for Cowardice

A Study in Spiritual Boldness

A 2 Part Sermon Series


Christian history is full of stories of believers who stood courageously in the face of severe trials, difficulties, cannibal tribesmen, ruthless gang members, torture, and the like. As Christians, our lives are not to be marked by fear, anxiety, or cowardice but by faith, bravery, and extraordinary courage. In this powerful two-part message, Eric Ludy examines Christian history, recounting heroic stories of old, and what the cure for cowardice is for our day.

Gospel Empowered

A Study in the Life-Altering Quality of the Good News

A 2 Part Sermon Series


Euaggelion is the Greek word in the New Testament for “the Gospel.” Yet too often in the Church today, our understanding of what the Gospel is – is like reading a new language – aspects and words look familiar but we don’t know what to do with it. The Gospel is a central theme throughout Scripture and as Christians, we should know it and be able to articulate it to others – for it is the power of God unto Salvation! This two-part sermon series by Eric Ludy examines what Scripture says about the Gospel and lays forth the 16 building blocks of being firmly established in Christ. If you are looking for an infusion of Biblical truth or interested in how to share the Gospel, this sermon is for you.

Ruddy for War

A Study in Leadership Readiness

A 2 Part Sermon Series


“Novice” is not a term we naturally gravitate toward in describing ourselves. We prefer “mature,” “experienced,” or “diligent”—just not novice. However, to become a great leader, a novice needs a proving season—a time of preparation, training, and transformation. Using David, the shepherd boy turned king, as an example, this sermon series examines how God prepares and trains Christians for leadership and how it all starts with being a novice. In this sermon, Eric Ludy encourages future leaders with four restraints and four key principles for leadership. You will discover that God delights to use humble, faithful, and child-like men and women to accomplish His purposes.

The Praying Church

A Study of How to Change the World on Our Knees

A 2 Part Sermon Series


What is prayer? Sure, we can give a quick answer from what we learned in Sunday school, but how is saying a quick blessing before our meals different than God-honoring, heaven-shaking, earth-changing prayer? As Christians we too often glide through our day without thinking about the tremendous opportunity and command we have to pray. So what is prayer? In this two part series, Pastor Eric Ludy shares what prayer is and how we can change the world upon our knees. This isn’t some lip service we give God before bed but audacious asking to the One who intercedes on our behalf. It is as much knowing Whom we pray to as it is what we ask for. If you are looking for a greater passion in your prayer life, this sermon series is for you.

Humility and Hutzpah

A Study of the Holy Spirit

A 2 Part Sermon Series


The Holy Spirit's work is evident throughout Scripture, though it is often unnoticed and unseen. He is the humble servant whose desire is to reveal the Father and Jesus Christ, instead of making Himself the focus. His role is one of humility and yet it is also one of boldness and audacity. In this two part series on the Holy Spirit, you will discover the essential work of the Holy Spirit in your life as a Christian. You are to follow Him in humility to the lowest places and likewise proclaim boldly the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Christophany

A Study in the Centrality of Jesus Christ

A 3 Part Sermon Series


Jesus Christ is central, not only to our lives as Christians, but also to the entirety of Scripture. He is found upon every page: the Old Testament points toward Christ and His work upon the Cross, and the New Testament shows forth His life with stunning clarity. This three-part message is a literal symphony of Truth that awakens you to the extraordinary supernatural dimensions of Scripture and the thrilling notion that all Scripture aims towards one thing: Jesus. He is the North Star that we fix our compass to. This message proudly and firmly enunciates the heart and focus of Ellerslie.

Canon

A Study in the Revelation of Jesus Christ

A 3 Part Sermon Series


The authority of the Word of God is being openly challenged today, even from within the Church. Though this has been true in nearly every generation, it is possible to have confidence and boldness in the timeless, eternal, and flawless character of Scripture. In this message, Eric Ludy explains the Canon Test (which God gave Moses to prove the authority of His Word) and shows how this “canon” was used throughout Scripture and is now applied in our lives. The climatic reality is that Jesus Christ has fulfilled the Canon Test and has the divine right to rule and control our lives. This sermon will leave you awestruck as you listen to how Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament in perfection.

The Position of Victory

A Study in the Power of Reckoning the Truth

A 3 Part Sermon Series


In Christ (which is the constant position of a Christian) is fundamental to understand if you want to have a life of victory, triumph, freedom, and peace. The great reality of a believer’s life is that we believe the truth of Scripture and find ourselves located IN Christ and Him in us. Just as clothing must be worn to obtain the benefit from it, we also must be clothed with Christ—a statement found throughout Scripture. In this sermon, you will discover the importance of reckoning the Truth and how to live the Christian life from a position of victory. You will find that the impossible Christian life cannot be lived in your own strength, but rather in the one who is and cannot lie. And for those of you who love a great sermon illustration, this three part series is packed with them.

The Power to Do It

A study of Biblical Grace

A 3 Part Sermon Series


The constant declaration of the Christian life is, “I can’t, but God can!” Our lives were made to be inhabited by the living God, through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, to be used as a “glove” upon His hand. This enabling power of His life, called grace, supplies all we need for life and godliness. Grace is far more than a mere hug of God. In fact, the topic of grace is so immense, even this three-part sermon hardly begins to describe the depths and majesty of it. But don’t let that deter you—Pastor Eric Ludy provides a primer on grace, giving you a basic Scriptural understanding, lots of content you can study later, and an encouragement to stop trying to manufacture the Christian life and let God do it in and through you.

The Two Trees

A study in the Anatomy of Faith

A 3 Part Sermon Series


Christianity is built upon one simple thing: faith. But for faith to be operative it needs an object to focus itself—an object of salvation. In this three-part sermon on faith, you’ll discover the four key truths about faith and how faith and doubt cannot coexist in a believer’s life. May our lives be built firmly upon the rock of faith and boldly declare, “Watch what my God will do!”

The Majestic Jesus

A study in the God-ness of Jesus Christ

A 3 Part Sermon Series


At Ellerslie we desire to have one focus: Jesus and Him crucified. In the early church it is said as the disciples were “daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” We want every message to be about Jesus: exalting Him, glorifying Him, and increasing our faith in Him. Charles Spurgeon called it being a man of “one subject.” The Majestic Jesus is a message focused on the amazing reality that Jesus is God! Starting with the preservation of the God-ness of the Bible, Pastor Eric Ludy builds a case to show Jesus as the incarnate Word, the “I Am” throughout Scripture, and the “divine condescension” that wrapped itself in human flesh. Become awed at the beauty and majesty of Jesus as we see Him afresh throughout the Word of God.

The Koine Jesus

A Study in the Approachability of Jesus Christ

A 3 Part Sermon Series


There has been a resurgence of individuals who argue that righteousness and godliness come through obeying the law, keeping the festivals, and using the name “Yeshua” instead of the common English translation, “Jesus.” This return unto the law is a dangerous trend that the apostle Paul fought virulently against—for “salvation by grace through faith” is the message of the entire New Testament. “The Koine Jesus” examines how God purposely and deliberately chose the Koine Greek language (the language of the Gentiles) to reveal His grand Gospel in and through the New Testament. The Gospel isn’t just for the special few, but for the “common people” of this earth.

The Ten Simple Proofs

A study in the Trustworthiness of the Bible

A 3 Part Sermon Series


Scripture is under attack, and countless individuals—even within the Church—doubt the authenticity and supernatural construction of God’s Word. This three-part series examines ten simple proofs of the construction, preservation, and accuracy of the Word of God. This message will supercharge your faith, give you greater confidence in the Word of God, and cause you to fall in love with Scripture all over again.

Embracing the Inconvenient

A Study in Christian Rescue Work

A 3 Part Sermon Series


This sermon was an experiment. Back on September 14th of 2014 we tried something completely unorthodox at our church. Eric presented three sermons on a Sunday morning instead of one. Since the classic Ellerslie sermon measures out to around 90 minutes in length, the idea of three Ellerslie sermons each measuring out to around 30 minutes proved a roaring success. With the same great content now in bite-sized pieces, the series model is ideal for short Bible studies with small groups. This particular message, Embracing the Inconvenient, was the perfect theme for launching a new era at Ellerslie. It’s one of the most basic truths that defines who we are and what we do.