And you thought genealogies were boring. Not after this message. Throughout world history, the Hebrews stand unmatched in their maintenance of genealogies, lineage, and descent. And God promised them that from their bloodline would come One who would rescue the world from sin. This "Deliverer" would be of the seed of the woman, born of a virgin, born in Bethlehem, and He would be from of everlasting. Well, this "Deliverer" has come. And just as promised, He was born of a virgin girl in Bethlehem, and He was no mere man. He was God born in the body of a man. Buckle your seat belt for this one.
As it says in Scripture - it was by one man's disobedience (Adam) that sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and death passed upon us all. But that is not the end of the story. For it was by One Man (The Last Adam - Jesus) that the gift of grace has abounded to many and many shall be made righteous . . . and live. To behold the love, beauty, power, and majesty of this Last Adam is to witness the heart of God for each one of us.
A Study in the Sway of Public Persuasion - It is uncanny how the opinions of others can weigh so heavily upon our decisions in this life. Most of us would consider it heaven to be free for just one day from the pressures of what other's think. But the Gospel promises to do better than that. If we receive the liberating power of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection into our lives - it will free us from the tyranny of public approval . . . forever.
This is a study in the inextinguishable, unstoppable power of Life. If you put Death against Life, Life wins. Satan may have had the power of death, but Jesus arrived 2,000 years ago toting the power of an Endless Life. The showdown at Calvary proved, to all the watching world, that the agenda of everlasting Life will not be stopped. Oh death, where is thy sting? Oh grave, where is thy victory?
If you are familiar with the Ellerslie Short Film entitled, The Gospel, then you will be duly prepped for this message, which is the full-blown sermon edition (thunder and all). At Ellerslie we are not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God unto Salvation! Praise God for such a message of resounding victory, redemption, and grace!
This is a powerful enunciation of one of the most abused and twisted doctrines of our day - the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not a force, a mere influence, a convicting vibe - He is a Person. And, to be even more specific - He is God. He is the Almighty, All-Powerful, Tri-Holy God come to dwell within us and live His Almightiness through us.
As Christians, may we not deal in the cheapened love of mere emotion and relational fancy. May we not diminish the Heavenly Love of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit by intermingling the world's self-entreating love with Heaven's self-expending Love. May we shun the cheap imitation and only handle the sacred river of pure Love that flows, clear as crystal, from beneath the Throne of Grace unto the saints of God and through the saints of God out onto this Love-parched world. This message gives a fresh vision of the Cross and the Love that sent our precious Jesus there and held Him there with cords of searing loss until all was accomplished.
Unfortunately, the concept of confession has become a negative concept for many in the modern church. But Spirit-orchestrated confession is an essential instrument in the toolbox of a mighty Christian. Without it the soul grows tepid and weak and strays from the sure footing of the Scriptures. But the soul that is grounded in a healthy and powerful understanding of confession is certain to thrive.
Many Christians today struggle with the idea of knowing for certain that they indeed are saved by Jesus Christ. And yet, assurance is a gift of grace that each and every believer can know and enjoy. This message tackles this challenging issue head-on and is certain to leave you strong in your personal confidence of the great saving work of the Cross.
It's not just the giver, but the "cheerful" giver that God loves. However, most Christians are anything but cheerful when it comes to parting with their time, energy, and hard-earned resources. The Biblical pattern for joyful, eager, ready giving is desperately overdue to make a comeback in the Church.
A trial of faith proves if a man's faith is genuine or not. For faith is not faith unless it is thoroughly tested. However, most of us would like a test of faith like we would like punch in the nose. We shrink from such tests and wish to avoid them at all costs. But such tests are what build mighty men and women of God that change the course of history. So, the mature Christian learns to shout, "Bring on the trials!"
Most of us know that flattery is not healthy, but many of us do not realize how truly dangerous it can be. Flattery has the power to undermine a nation. It's the technique of history's most infamous conspirators and saboteurs, starting with the Devil himself. The story of Absalom is far more than a Bible story. If we examine its message closely, it can help us preserve the integrity and health of the Church of Jesus Christ as well as the integrity and health of our individual souls.
A surprisingly refreshing picture of the bold beauty of God's law. Law cannot save us, but it can acquaint us with our need to be saved. The Bible declares that the Law is a schoolmaster that leads us to Christ. When the Law is preached properly, the Cross is magnified and the work of Jesus is cherished.
There are two incontrovertible facts that make up the basis of "expectancy." 1) God cannot lie, and 2) God has promised. If it's true that God cannot lie, then when He promises, that means that we can be fully assured that He will perform that which He promises. This is the make-up of faith. And this is the make-up of expectancy. For when God says He's coming, the "expectant" soul sits at the window and awaits His coming, never doubting for a moment, that God said it, and therefore, surely He will do it.
This is the good old fashioned Gospel message presented with all the lion-hearted thunder that it truly deserves. If you have seen the Gospel video by Eric Ludy and are looking for more, this sermon goes deeper into the story of the Cross "the place of decision and place of justice" by exploring the Tale of Two Trees: "the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life."
It may sound cliche, but Grace is truly amazing. In modern times the term Grace has fallen upon hard times and has been distorted into a creative covering for fleshly behavior and ongoing sin. But, a Biblical examination of the word yields an understanding of Grace as something much different - something of majestic power and strength that is able to separate a man from his fleshly behavior, eradicate the power of sin over his life, and rescue him for the glory of Jesus Christ.
Prior to a dedication service of 40 children, Eric Ludy gave this short stirring message. It presses the point that the Christian home is God's territory - it is 100%, without reserve, God's sacred property. Most of us have not acknowledged Christ's supremacy over our homes, and that is precisely why seventeen families at Ellerslie made a clear declaration of this fact at the conclusion of this message.
The tension between law and grace has stumbled quite a few Christians over the years. This message untangles the two yarns and makes beautiful sense of the seeming conflict between them. And, in so doing, this sermon causes the Cross to be seen with greater clarity and is sure to move you with awestruck wonder.
When the winds and rains beat against your house, are you movable? Do you grow weak in the knees when bad news strikes? Are you susceptible to the bait of anxiety, foreboding, fretting, and fear? This message holds the secret to an immovable soul. We'll give you a hint. It's a person.
The Christian Life is supposed to be a life without fear, anxiety, fretting, and foreboding. The Christian doesn't bite his nails in crisis, but rather, leaps for joy. For, the Christian has something that the world around him doesn't - he has Grace.
This message is a catalyst of change for both your intimate walk with Christ and an intimate marriage to a spouse. It brings the concepts of intimacy down out of the clouds into the realm of practical and real. For the crucified, risen, and exalted Jesus Christ is truly knowable, and life in His Kingdom is not a theory or a theology, but a very real and practical life-altering experience.
There is a yearning to be intimately near our beloved Heavenly Father, but often we want nearness without following God's clear dictates for gaining nearness. Nearness is a work of the Cross. And when the Cross grabs a hold of a man, it humbles him, bends him, and breaks him - that it might rebuild Him in the intimate chambers of Almighty Grace. This is a tender and precious message that is sure to move you. At the close of this message a beautiful and spontaneous time of confession of sin broke forth and powerfully acquainted a brand new semester of students with the mighty and merciful work of God's gentle conviction.
A lot has been said in recent years about the importance of regaining a Biblical worldview in our society. But this message makes a powerful case for the even greater importance of regaining a "Gospel" worldview at the center of modern Christianity. As election day approaches, this is a great reminder of the preeminence of Jesus Christ in all matters - even matters of nations, laws, and earthly governments.
What would lead a man to gladly leave riches, position, fame, worldly power, and earthly comforts behind? What would cause a man to gladly embrace the disdain, mockery, and revilement of the world for the pleasure of his King? What could possibly motivate a man to gladly suffer, endure hardship, dangers, tortures, and extreme privations for the expansion of his Ruler’s fame and renown? This message supplies 66 amazing reasons why men go to such great lengths for their Beloved King Jesus.
This is a message about raising ordinary boys into extraordinary men. It thunders forth a vision more grand than most modern minds have ever considered and it does not shy away from pressing a thumb to the chest of those most responsible to see this impossible "boy building" operation carried out . . . the fathers. Oh, for a world where William Wallaces roam again!