Eric Ludy Sermon Podcast: Church at Ellerslie
Discover a Christianity that actually works. These powerful sermons delivered by Pastor Eric Ludy for the Church at Ellerslie 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.

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October 24, 2010

The Miracle of Adoption

Adoption is one of the centerpieces of the Gospel. And it is important to note that the idea of adoption strikes the Christian at two levels. The first being in our own personal adoption as believers to the Heavenly Father. And the second being in adopting the burden and love of God for the vulnerable around us, willingly becoming a conduit of the love and mercies of our Heavenly Father by inviting "outsiders" to become "insiders" in our homes and churches. If you desire to know the heart of God, then begin to explore this precious truth at a deeper level.
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October 17, 2010

Extraordinary Courage

As strange as it may seem, there is a pattern for "dying well" and "dying triumphant" found in the pages of Scripture. And this pattern is evidenced in the deaths of the greatest and most godly men and women throughout the ages. For instance, Stephen was stoned, James (the brother of John) was beheaded, Peter was crucified upside down, Paul was beheaded, Philip was crucified, Matthew was slain with the sword, James (the brother of Jesus) was stoned and clubbed, Matthias was stoned and beheaded, Mark was dragged to pieces, Jude was crucified, Bartholomew was cruelly beaten and then crucified; Thomas was thrust through with a spear, Luke was hung, and John was thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil (and removed unscathed) and then exiled to Patmos. But in all their deaths, these Christian men exhibited a superhuman behavior—a pattern for facing the most extreme suffering with a brave calm and a steadfast courage. And it is this pattern that we as Christians are to begin practicing in our daily lives.
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October 10, 2010

Of Pink Ribbons and a Bloody Cross

WARNING: This message contains forthright and unabashed answers to very uncomfortable questions and in no way is politically correct. This month is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and thusly our country is lacquered in pink and laced with pink ribbons. There is every corporate and political advantage to "pink-wash" your product or campaign. How should a Christian deal with this issue? Should we leverage this cause to our advantage? Should we be marked with pink, race for the cure, and seek the united power of human compassion? Or should we be marked by something greater?
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October 3, 2010

The Work of the Believer

There is a strange paranoia in the modern church regarding the idea of spiritual "work." To lift a finger in spiritual labor has been classified as "legalism" by many, and of course, none of us wish to be legalists. The key to removing the paranoia is to clearly define "God's work" as contrasted with “the believer's work." For the problem of legalism arises when believers attempt to do God's work instead of their work as assigned clearly by God for them to be doing. So the question is, “What is God's work and what is the believer's work?” The answer to that simple question may very well set you free.
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September 26, 2010

The Foreign Mercenaries

To join God's armed forces, God asks of his soldiers that everything precious to them be left behind—father, mother, wife, and even children. Everything must be counted loss. And the recruit must realize that sorrow and sufferings are guaranteed companions in the ensuing enlistment period. With such an extreme and high cost, why is it that countless multitudes of fighting men and women have counted it the highest privilege to serve this King in battle and gladly die for His fame to be spread? What is God giving His soldiers to cause them to forsake their bodies and blood for Him with such loving abandon? The answer to that question is the essence of the Gospel.
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September 19, 2010

The Legendary Stone

When we think of Jesus as a rock, most of us imagine a big lump of granite. But not all rock is created equal. And our God is no ordinary rock; He is the Rock of rocks. In Scripture, there is an amazing term utilized: “adamant.” This fascinating word is a wonderful invitation into a majestically expanded understanding of the strength and power of our almighty God.
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September 12, 2010

The Exchanged Life

Over and over again throughout Christian history, mighty men and women of God have singled out one very specific spiritual action as the "Christian secret" to their personal triumph and effectiveness in the kingdom of Heaven. Hudson Taylor, Leonard Ravenhill, A.W. Tozer, D.L. Moody, Oswald Chambers, John Bunyan, C.T. Studd, Amy Carmichael, Ian Thomas, and countless more all point to the very same thing. So, what is it?
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September 5, 2010

Hero-Training

Plain and simple: God builds heroes. He doesn't build self-centered egotists nor self-obsessed circus clowns—He builds men and women who have wholly forgotten themselves and are ready to spend and be spent for the glory of almighty God. And He calls such a masterpiece a "Christian."
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August 29, 2010

Praying Through

The historic concept of "praying through" has gone missing in our modern- day version of Christianity. But "praying through" was the essence of the George Muller, Rees Howells, John Hyde, Hudson Taylor, William Booth, Leonard Ravenhill, C.T. Studd model for effectual fervent praying. How do we get this powerful, wrestling, persistent prayer back to the center of Christian life in our day?
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August 22, 2010

The Etceteras

We have a dorm wing on our Ellerslie Campus that we know as "The Etceteras Wing." It's a strange name, yes, but it has deep significance among us. In the early 1900's, the great missionary, C.T. Studd, coined the phrase "The Etceteras" when referring to the men and women called to give up their lives as death-defying missionaries. And to be quite frank, Studd's description of what makes up an "Etcetera" is something that each and every one of us on the Ellerslie campus longs to see formed within our souls. It is our hope that we might brush off the dust from the term "The Etceteras" and give this hallowed title a fresh run in this modern day.
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