Eric Ludy Sermon Podcast: Church at Ellerslie
Summary: Discover a Christianity that actually works. These powerful sermons delivered by Pastor Eric Ludy will awaken you to the majesty of true Christianity. God designed Christianity not to be mere theory but a life empowered by His grace, built unshakable upon truth, centered upon Jesus Christ, and poured out for His glory. It is more than academic head-knowledge, it is practical living grounded in the Word of God. These sermons are delivered with soul-stirring passion that will ignite your spiritual fire. Eric Ludy's sermons are a ministry outreach of Ellerslie Mission Society. If you have been blessed by these messages and would like to support this work with a gift, you can do so here.
In this simple but illuminating message, Pastor Eric Ludy discusses the key defining attribute at the Church at Ellerslie. This message invites us as Christians to ask ourselves what is the defining characteristic that we want to be known by. Pastor Ludy boldly declares that the defining element is not to appear “cool” or “hip” to the world, but rather to have our focus on one single thing. In so doing we may be called fools, dunces, or nitwits—misunderstood and persecuted in the process—but like Paul, we must determine not to know anything save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Discover your “one thing” and dare to become a Krissy.
Paul declares in Ephesians 6 that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world. He also states in 2 Corinthians that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Yet many of us feel the crushing weight of sin, temptation, and the enemy in our lives. How do we stand strong in the spiritual authority that we have IN Christ? In this sermon on resisting the enemy, Eric Ludy explains the power of Christ in our lives and how IN Him we can be conquerers, immovable, fearless, and unstoppable. It is not in our strength or ability that we are able to overcome but we have all we need for life and godliness in Christ Jesus.
Most of the modern church has become passive in their praying. We’ve grown accustomed to the enemy’s garbage scattered about our lives and dead elephant carcasses hidden beneath our floorboards—not realizing we are to stand in prayer against such things. Thus we offer a thousand excuses as to why our prayers lack oomph. Yes, prayer is hard work, but Christ has made a way unto the Throne of Grace, where the asking is made and the answers found. In this sermon, Pastor Eric Ludy exhorts us to not to merely “pray” but to PRAY with the authority given to us to remove the busted pianos, rat-infested wardrobes, rotted dressers, and dead elephant carcasses from our lives. If you have grown lax in your prayer life, this sermon will reveal what the action of real praying looks like.
Since the serpent first spoke in the Garden, the epic battle over Truth has raged. In this postmodern, emergent, fluffy-Christian generation, we have forgotten that Truth is a rock—unchanging and immovable—and the very thing we must build our lives upon. In this “tell all” sermon, Pastor Eric Ludy examines several “Christian” writings from postmodern/emergent leaders and explains how their attack upon Truth has undermined Scripture, the Gospel, and more importantly, Jesus Christ Himself. But rather than a defeatist message, this sermon focuses upon the grandeur of the Word and leaves you in awe of both the Person and the Text.
Most of us approach life with a carefree attitude. What comes in and out of our lives is not our fault, we tell ourselves. Yet what we discover in Scripture is that as Christians we are called to govern our lives properly—God’s Word calls it “self-control.” In this practical, soul-stirring message, Pastor Eric Ludy demonstrates the “Egkrateian Growl” and reveals the two operations of self-control: kick out and keep out. Throughout this message you’ll discover that self-control is not something you can produce in your own ability, rather it is the grace and power of the Holy Spirit in your life that enables you to live victoriously, triumphant, and yes, self-controlled. If you’re looking for a way out of sin, addiction, wrong attitudes, or want to learn how Christianity is suppose to actually work in your life, this message is for you.
“Go and make disciples …” These last words of Jesus have been memorized, studied, and declared from most of our lips, yet few of us actually put them into practice. Whatever our excuse, most of us don’t have a simple way to share the truth of the Gospel with the people we encounter. In this powerful and easy to replicate presentation, Eric Ludy takes the Gospel and shows how we too can share its truth through a visual story. Using three different versions based on the length of time we have to share, this practical and visual sermon will give you a method to share the Gospel in a simple and effective way.
God’s grace is sufficient. We know that. Yet in times of trials, suffering, and difficulty, our understanding and confidence in God’s grace is put to the test. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians that he was given a thorn in the flesh, which after much pleading for its removal, God told him “My grace us sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Like Paul, we must correctly appropriate “thorns” in our lives—whether they be practical, physical, or verbal—and realize that though thorns are not from God, they are certainly used by Him. In this faith building sermon, Pastor Eric Ludy addresses the many forms of satan’s thorns and how we as Christians are called to Biblically understand, react, and live with the thorns in our lives.
All throughout the Gospels Jesus tells us to ask and it will be given unto us. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians that all the promises of God in Him are yes and amen. So how are we to Biblically understand and handle the answer when it’s a “no” from God? In this illuminating sermon, Eric Ludy reveals the importance of seeing God as a good and loving Father and explains how a mature believer is to interpret a “no” from God. If you’ve ever struggled with receiving a “no,” this sermon will reveal God’s character, nature, and intent in answering prayer while reminding you that a “no” from God is just His way of saying “yes” to something exceedingly abundantly beyond all you could ask or think.
Faith is central to the Christian life, and we are called “believers” (people of faith) for a reason—our lives are to be marked by a courageous stand, confidence, and focus upon Jesus Christ and His Word. In this faith-building sermon, Eric Ludy shares why it is essential to doubt and ignore the voice of the enemy (the Liar) and instead have an active faith, trust, and assurance in the unchanging Truth of the Word. When we know the One who has promised, it builds our trust and faith in the Promiser. In the time of testing, when everything around us appears bleak, it is our faith that allows us to boldly declare: “Watch what my God will do!” Listen to this sermon and you will find not only your faith strengthened, but you will discover the key to living the triumphant and victorious Christian life.
Tongues and prophecy have often caused heated debate within the Church as we seek to properly understand 1 Corinthians 14. Whether you have a strong stance on tongues and prophecy or seeking a Biblical understanding of the topics, this insightful sermon by Pastor Eric Ludy will give you a Biblical framework to reason from. More than prove a point, Pastor Ludy uses the concept that the first sound is to always lead us unto the second, showing how the importance of tongues and prophecy is not to make these the emphasis but they are to point and lead us to Jesus Christ. Wherever you stand on the tongues and prophecy debate, this sermon will deepen your understanding and give you a clear picture of what is most important.
We often think of integrity as a character trait which emphasizes being honorable, true, and trustworthy. But integrity comes from the concept of having all the parts unified and operating as one—for example our eyes are to be in perfect agreement and unity with our hearts and mind, while our tongues should only speak that which is in perfect concord with our spiritual convictions. We know our lives are to have integrity (a single focus and operation) but is it possible for a corporate body, like the Church, to operate in the same way? The New Testament tells us that the Early Church was in one accord, unified, and one Body though it contained many members. Despite the stark contrast of the modern church which is filled with division and faction, Pastor Eric Ludy is optimistic that oneness, unity, and integrity can once again define the Body of Christ. But as Ludy points out, this message isn’t just for the Church but for every person, marriage, and family as well.
The Psalms and the Proverbs tell us that God is our strong tower—He is our fortress, protection, and refuge in times of trial and temptation. Far too many of us live as if we can protect ourselves, rather than avail the strength we have in our position in Christ. In this sermon which examines the authority and power of Jesus Christ, Pastor Eric Ludy explains how the shed blood of Jesus frees us from sin and fortifies our life. Using several personal illustrations, Pastor Ludy shows that in the end we must go beyond knowing about “new rubber boots” and actually put them on. If you’re sick of living in sin or have wondered how to live a fortified Christian life, this sermon will show you how to get the right shoes on your spiritual feet.
A woman’s position in the church is an oft debated topic today. With straightforward candor and insight, Pastor Eric Ludy walks through Scripture revealing how God chose women from the most unlikely places to be used in bringing forth the Messiah—and in so doing, casts a vision for the beauty and function of femininity. While this message addresses the position of women, it also speaks to all Christians, as the Bride of Christ, showing how we are subject and submissive unto Christ and silent that our Bridegroom may speak.
“I have rights!” While we may not say it out loud, many of us certainly think the phrase. We guard and protect our time, seeing inconveniences and our personal “broken pots” as bait for frustration. But what would happen if we realized that our business is to fix broken pots, it is to embrace the inconvenient, it is to be willing to give up our time, possessions, and rights. In this funny yet convicting sermon, Eric Ludy shows the difference between self-fulfillment and God-Fulfillment, encouraging everyone to lay down their rights, give up a poverty mentality, and live in a heavenly perspective of inconvenience.
Many of us walk around feeling like victims. We live with personal pain, wounds, and self-pity which affects our attitude and perspective on life. Yet in Philippians, Paul commands the Church to have the mind and attitude of Christ Jesus. Is it possible to be freed from a victim mentality to embrace the one who is our Victor? In this soul-searching sermon by Pastor Eric Ludy, we learn that Christ’s almighty attitude is the essential ingredient in the life of a Christian. Fear, doubt, worry, self-pity, and the like are not to have a place within our lives. If you have struggled with any of these mentalities, this message will draw your focus back to Christ and reveal that our desperate need is for nothing else but Jesus Christ Himself.