1. Helping Teens Hear God’s Call

    April 18, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    Every year, as we host West Coast Baptist Youth Conference, we have several top prayer requests. One of these is to see young people called by God into full time Christian service.

    I know that God has a plan for every life and that His plan is not for every young man to become a preacher. But it is for some. Thus, we encourage surrender to whatever God’s call may be and ask the Lord to use the preaching of His Word to speak to individual hearts according to His will.

    And He does. During the 2015 WCBC Youth Conference this week, scores of young people made a decision to surrender to answer God’s call in whatever capacity it may be. And throughout the conference, I was blessed by seeing tweets of WCBC alumni who are now in the ministry, posting about the conference and sharing that they were called to preach at youth conference in previous years. Praise God!

    Youth Conference aside, every pastor longs to see young men and women of the next generation serving the Lord in the ministry. What are the elements involved in that taking place? Why do some churches regularly see God calling teenagers and then those teens being trained and serving in ministry as young adults, but other churches never (or rarely) do? (more…)


  2. Sending out Another Laborer

    April 15, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    Eight years ago this week—at a West Coast Baptist Youth Conference—God called my niece, Amie Richard, to missions. And this past Sunday night, we had the opportunity to send her out as a Lancaster Baptist Church missionary.

    After that Youth Conference eight years ago, Amie came to West Coast Baptist College to train for missions. During her freshman year, God confirmed His call on her life, and after her junior year, she had the opportunity to travel to Thailand where the Lord impressed on her heart that this was the field in which she should serve.

    Amie graduated from WCBC in 2013 with a degree in elementary education, and she began the deputation trail shortly after graduation—with extreme diligence. Before completing deputation, Amie had been in over one hundred churches to share her burden for Thailand. (more…)


  3. What Confirmation Looks Like in a Baptist Church

    April 11, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    If anyone had a valid excuse to drop the ball on “follow up” after an evangelistic event, it was the Apostle Paul.

    Between an itinerant lifestyle and the ongoing pain he must have lived with, Paul had every reason to simply focus on the city he was in, preach the gospel, and move on to the next, leaving the “decision cards” behind him.

    But Paul didn’t do that. He couldn’t do that. For Paul had a passion to see people saved and growing in the Lord.

    And so, hours after he was stoned at Lystra, he got up and, with broken body, went on to Derbe to preach the gospel. From Derbe, he couldn’t forget those who had just been saved in Lystra. So he returned to the very city where he had just been persecuted to follow up on these new converts—to confirm them in the faith. From Lystra, he backtracked again to Iconium, and from Iconium to Antioch.

    And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.—Acts 14:21–22

    Everybody needs to be confirmed. They need someone to care enough to give them spiritual encouragement, support, instruction, and grounding. (more…)


  4. How a Christian Should Celebrate Easter

    April 3, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    If there is anyone in the world who has reason to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, it is a born again Christian.

    Although we actually commemorate the Resurrection as we worship as a local church body every Sunday, I appreciate a day—and a week preceding—to give this crowning truth of the Christian life extra emphasis.

    So how should we celebrate?

    1. Meditate on Christ’s sufferings.

    Before Christ rose from the dead, He allowed Himself to experience brutal injustice, horrific pain, and indescribable sorrow. And He did it all for our salvation.

    Meditate on the love of God expressed in this suffering. Read Isaiah 53, Matthew 26–27, Mark 14–15, Luke 22–23, and/or John 13–15.

    There is no way to properly celebrate the joys of the Resurrection without attaching them to the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf. (more…)


  5. WCBC Graduate Interview: Caleb Sargent

    April 1, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    In celebration of the twentieth year of West Coast Baptist College, I am posting interviews with WCBC alumni who are serving around the world.

    This month’s interview is with Caleb Sargent, who graduated from WCBC in 2010 with a major in Pastoral Theology and in 2011 with a Master’s in Bible. I’ve always appreciated Caleb’s heart for the Lord and his passion for making a real difference through serving in ministry. It is a joy to see him and his wife, Ruthie, impacting young lives in youth ministry.

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    In what ministry and role do you currently serve?

    My wife, Ruthie, and I currently serve at Christchurch Baptist Fellowship in Houston, Texas, under Dr. Johnny Pope. I came on staff in 2011 as the youth pastor, and my responsibilities have grown to include other assistant pastoral duties since then, such as our missions department, children’s ministry, and outreach efforts. My wife also works in our church offices as the administrative assistant and youth ministries secretary.

    What is a way in which you have seen God’s blessing in ministry over the past twelve months?

    In the last twelve months God has shown Himself strong on our behalf in our youth ministry at Christchurch. My greatest desire for any teenager is for them to grow from an inherited religion and scheduled regimen to a personal relationship with Jesus. This year, the theme for our youth ministry has been “JESUS>” (Jesus Is Greater Than). Every Sunday school lesson and sermon has been built around the truth that Jesus truly IS greater than any other friendship, activity, habit, or pursuit. (more…)