Making a Difference in the Next Generation

February 9, 2009 by Paul Chappell

One of the greatest blessings of recent days has been watching young couples, many of whom were once children of Lancaster Baptist, now raising a families of their own.  I am thankful that in the nearly 23 years that I have pastored, the vast majority of young people who have grown up in our church are still faithful to the Lord.  The biblical foundation they received from Sunday school teachers, youth pastors, and godly mentors has given them stability, maturity, and the ability to follow God’s plan for their lives.

Observing the young families at Lancaster Baptist Church has reminded me how quickly our children grow. As my wife and I departed for our annual Couples Retreat this past Friday, we realized that we would have three married children attending, as well! It is still hard for us to imagine!

As I reflect on the memories or our own children and the young people of our church who are now grown, one truth remains certain in my mind: we do not regret the investments we make into the next generation. Whether we make a difference for our own children or for the children in our church and community, the investments made will reap great dividends as we stay faithful to the Lord.


  1. Thank you for posting this video. The ministry of your preaching has been a blessing to me, even though I have never been to Lancaster Baptist. but only have seen it by way of internet. I am a youth pastor in upstate New York and it is such a encouragement to know a church is standing on the word of God on the other side of the country.

    Comment by Kevin — February 12, 2009 @ 4:20 pm

  2. This video brought tears to my eyes. My husband and I have been born again for almost 17 years and never found a true bible believing church in all those years. We never joined a Baptist Church because we were in doctrinal error on some things. Instead we always had home church with our KJV bible and most of the time it was just us! We have come to see after many years of God’s patience with us that the Independant Fundamental Baptist Churches are the only ones where we find the fear and the love of God in full measure by its Preachers and members. We have been expats in the Middle East for many years of and on and have not found any likeminded christians in this area. Our children need to be with other children who are being taught to honor God in all, but we haven’t had that and yearn for it so much more than ever now so that they can encourage as well as be encouraged by others their age. They are going to the camps at WCBC this summer while we are in the US on vacation and they are so excited! Thank you for encouraging us in the Lord Brother Chappell and Sister Terrie!

    Comment by Jane — February 15, 2009 @ 12:55 am

  3. Paul, I enjoyed watching this video. It’s a blessing to see and hear all that God is doing through you and Terrie and your family. Vic and I are proud of you!

    Comment by Pat Carr — March 12, 2009 @ 8:53 am

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