Grow In Grace and the Knowledge of Jesus Christ

by John Ellis

This past year, I’ve had the privilege of preaching through 2 Peter. Below is a link to a recording of my final sermon in the series – 2 Peter 3:14-18.

https://www.arlingtonbaptist.com/sermons/sermon/2018-09-02/grow-in-grace-and-the-knowledge-of-jesus-christ

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Preaching the Book of Haggai


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by John Ellis

A couple of Sundays ago, I had the privilege of preaching the book of Haggai. Originally, when I began studying the book of Haggai, I had the idea to write a sermon manuscript in the hopes that my pastor would give me some feedback on it. Graciously, he did, and he also asked if I would be willing to preach it. I was willing. However, I forgot to hit “record” before I began preaching. This means that if you’re interested in my sermon on the book of Haggai, you’ll have to read it. Below, you’ll find the manuscript. Please keep in my mind, it’s written to be spoken/heard, and not read. Also, I haven’t included my initial “joke” about Bible Sword Drills, which was the set-up for the Introduction. No doubt, you can fill the joke in on your own, which wasn’t that good/funny to begin with.

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Public Speaking and the Pulpit

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by John Ellis

At the beginning of my acting career, I was embarrassed to have Bob Jones University plastered on my resume. I was afraid that I would be labeled a Christian or, worse, a fundamentalist Christian at that. Needless to say, the world of theatre and the world of conservative Christianity are often at odds. But, being on the front end of my acting career, I didn’t really have the luxury of removing things from my already meager resume.

Several weeks into rehearsals for my first Shakespeare production, I cautiously asked the director why he had taken a risk on me. At the time of the audition, I was a complete unknown to the theatre and yet ended up with one of the largest roles in the play. Without missing a beat, the director replied, “Because you went to Bob Jones University.”

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