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.
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!”
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.
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 of “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. This isn’t a Gospel for the special few, but for the “common people” of this earth.
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.
This sermon was an experiment. Back on September 14th of 2014 we tried something completely unorthodox at our church. We tried giving 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. Same great content, but now in bite-sized pieces that are 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.
In the upcoming weeks we will be debuting an entirely new website, and all the sermons that Eric Ludy delivered between September 21st and today will be released then. Thank you for your patience. We are excited to share this powerful content with you.
Peter’s famous quote in Church history, “Desiderio Domini”, expresses a tender affection toward Jesus that is rare within the Church today. This message powerfully enunciates that ancient ache of Peter. For by and large there is something missing in the modern rendition of Christianity, and this is a call for the return of this tender ache - the deep, tear-filled, pleading longing for the full majesty and glory of God to once again be revealed on this earth.
“God loves you.” If we understood what this statement really meant, we would fall flat on our faces in worship day in and day out. But somehow it has lost its significance to us as the Church. We do not truly understand God’s love for us, and as a result, we lack the ability to pour out that same love upon His Church around us. This message calls us to a greater standard of love for one another as we walk in the love and tender mercies of God toward us.
If we’re honest, it’s hard enough to grasp that God is for us, let alone that He actively intercedes for us. The whole idea of the Holy Spirit interceding on our behalf is a bit of a mystery to us. However, it is one of the most precious, day-by-day interactions we have with God. This message attempts to bring understanding to this beautiful reality and clarify how He works on our behalf moment by moment.
Tithe. Some of us cringe at the word! There has been a lot of abuse of this concept in God’s Church, but that should not keep us from fully submitting to His Word on giving. This message, a result of God dealing with and refining Eric’s perspective on tithing, casts a vision for how God intended His Church to work in the area of giving. Let it encourage you afresh to offer all that you are and have unto Jesus, to be spent for His purposes alone.
One of the challenges facing the modern Church today is a lack of understanding of how to engage in the spiritual battle that surrounds us as Christians. We either prefer to bury our heads in the sand, or we over-demonize everything. Either way, we can easily miss Christ and the provision He made through the Gospel for addressing our greatest foe. This messages reminds us of the power that we have been granted through the Gospel, through our position in Christ, to trample upon the enemy and the powers of darkness. May we walk daily in the reality that Christ “spoiled principalities and powers, made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”
Oftentimes, when we tell the story of David, we focus on the many ways David was a picture of Christ. But a rich layer to the story of David is actually found in the character of Jonathan and how his actions toward David mirror how we enter into covenant with Christ. This message speaks to the beauty of covenant with Jesus and what it looks like to dethrone self for His exaltation and honor. May we be a people who gladly give up our best and our all so that He may fully give us of His life.
Christ declared that there was only one sign that He would give: the Sign of Jonah. But what exactly was the Sign of Jonah? This message dives into the rich story of Jonah and the repentance of Nineveh, which showcases Christ and His work of salvation on so many levels. May the Lord continue to open our eyes to how all Scripture testifies of Christ and turns our hearts to feast upon the glories of Calvary.
Ever since the Tower of Babel, humans have demonstrated their love for building things on their own, apart from God. But when we look at our lives, our marriages, our families, and our ministries, we find that we do not have what we need to build them strong. This message reminds us that God is the Master Builder and it is through dependence upon the Spirit that every arena of our lives is established. It is only when we let go of the flesh and grab a hold of God that our efforts prosper!
Do you ever find yourself shying away from impossible situations? Our natural inclination is to choose the path of least resistance, but God has called us as believers to choose the impossible! We can have absolute confidence that, as we choose the narrow way, God will come through and glorify Himself in the most challenging circumstances. May this message stir you to greater confidence to walk in the Impossible and proclaim God's ability to come through.
We aren't typically attracted to the life of a soldier, but as Christians, every one of us is enlisted! The moment we enter into Christ, we have been brought into a military unit under the command of the Lord of Battles. The heavenly soldier is a cheerful sufferer and loves his job. He can imagine no greater privilege than to live for the glory of his King. So may we obey God’s commands without hesitation, not because we are fulfilling a duty but because we are serving the One we love.
Our finite minds have such difficulty grasping the depths of the love of God — it’s so far beyond all that we can imagine! And yet this deluge of love from the Father is the daily reality of the children of God. What keeps us from knowing it more fully? This message reminds us of God’s immense love for His people and how the Gospel is driven by this motive of love.
This is a unique and deeply personal peek into the heart of a pastor. Eric Ludy approached this message very differently than a typical sermon, bringing a warmth, familiarity, and vulnerability to it that lent an endearing and unforgettable luster to this particular Sunday morning. It’s impossible to listen to this message without being impacted.
What would it look like for the Church to fight on the offensive, instead of the defensive? We often have a passive stance in bringing the Gospel to the world but effective evangelism happens when we use wisdom and creativity. Just as the Salvation Army brought the Gospel to the East End of London with an unexpected (and very effective!) tactic, this message inspires us to ask God for how we can proactively approach our generation. We all have been placed in this generation by God and are being built for such a time as this. Look out world!
“Bramwell, these are our people—the people I want you to live for.” William Booth made this statement to his young son as God was leading their family to minister in the East End, the worst part of London. In the same way, we have been given a commission to pour our lives out for the lowest and the neediest. This message reminds us of God’s desire to spend His people for the weak of this world. If you need a strong push to get outside of your comfort zone of ministry, this is a good place to begin.
If Jesus was not the Son of God, would it change much about what we believe? The Truth is, it would change everything. The divinity of Christ is under major attack in the emergent movement and often treated as an inconsequential detail. However, the entire Gospel unravels if we compromise on this point. This message reminds us of the significance of Christ being God and the power that it gives the Gospel. May the privilege of having Immanuel, “God with us,” never cease to inspire awe!
Have you ever noticed that the closer you grow to Christ, the more challenging life seems to get? One of the paradoxes of Christianity is that the grand and glorious Cross is both a place of life and of death, a place of victory and of suffering. This message declares the Cross of Christ to be the epicenter of all of history and exhorts us to keep it at the center of our lives. May we never lose the wonder of that day on Calvary and of the life that Jesus brought us through His death.
How important is the doctrine of hell? For as little as we teach on or think about hell, it is an essential component of the Gospel. Without a real hell, the Cross and Resurrection lose their triumphant power. This message reminds us, on Resurrection Sunday, of the hell we have been saved from and the power of being resurrected with Christ. Let us not be afraid to look full in the face of death and hell, for they have lost their sting for the believer!
How does a place like Ellerslie get started? Some dreams are realized rather quickly, and others take two decades to come to fruition! This message chronicles the story of the founding of Ellerslie and with humility and richness, captures the heart of what takes place in the training programs. Unlike other messages, “The History of Ellerslie” is given in the format of teaching as opposed to preaching, in order to simply share the beauty of the testimony God has been building at Ellerslie. It is a refreshing reminder of the faithfulness of God and a celebration of what He has done here in the last four years.
Is your relationship with God an intimate love of the heart or an acknowledgment of the mind? We long for intimacy with God and yet often do not know how to begin to cultivate it. This message explains the inner workings of intimacy, the vast treasure of loving relationship with Christ, and how to access the depths. If we want to draw out the sweetest waters of salvation, we must be willing to put in the effort to gain them, so let us draw near today!