Scripture is forthright in telling us that generosity is central to the Christian life. Far more than just giving money, generosity is to declare and evidence the Gospel within our lives. In this sermon, Pastor Eric Ludy shares seven principles for Kingdom giving and shows that true generosity has a proper Scriptural attitude: hilarious cheerfulness. If you usually cringe when the topic of giving is mentioned, this sermon will provide a fresh perspective and encouragement for how you are to handle every area of your life. And be forewarned, there is a “hilarious” pop-quiz found herein.
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.
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.
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 to 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.
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.
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 He in us. Just as clothing must be worn to obtain the benefit from it, so too we 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 and resource – it is not found in your pockets – but rather it is entirely found 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 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!