1. Continuing the Celebration: Living in Light of the Resurrection

    April 21, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    This last weekend at Lancaster Baptist Church was full of joy as we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus. Hundreds of volunteers invested thousands of hours in preparation for the Jesus Saves presentation. The Lord blessed as I preached a gospel message, and many people trusted Christ as their Savior. It was thrilling to be part of, and we look forward to following up with these new Christians this week.

    Today, however, is not Easter. In fact, it is a very ordinary day—full of the usual duties of any other weekday, faced with the added fatigue of a full weekend.

    Yet, Christ is as risen today as He was on Sunday! Should not the resurrection influence today with as much power as it did yesterday?

    What does the resurrection of Christ mean for us on a non-Easter day? How should we live every day of the week?

    In my recent devotions, three truths stood out to me concerning how those who know Christ as their risen Saviour should live—every day of the week. Each of these Old Testament commands are amplified through New Testament promises—promises of which we are assured because we serve a risen Saviour!

    How should we live every day of the week in light of the resurrection of Christ? (more…)

  2. Because Jesus Saves…

    April 19, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    Every person you talk to today is a person for whom Christ died…and rose…and offers salvation.

    And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.—1 John 2:2

    And He has given you and me the incredible privilege—and responsibility—to share the gospel with them.

    Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.—2 Corinthians 5:20

    Jesus saves! And because He does, we want to tell everyone the good news.

    There’s no better time than Easter to share the gospel with your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. Many people who don’t ordinarily go to church will even be willing to go with you on Easter Sunday.

    Over the past ten days, our church family has delivered tens of thousands of invitations for Easter at Lancaster Baptist Church to homes in our community.

    Our church choir and media team have been working for weeks on an original Easter production simply titled “Jesus Saves.” We will present this in three services this weekend, and during each service, I will preach a gospel message on the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. (more…)

  3. What the Passion of Christ Teaches Us about Trials, part 2

    April 17, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    In the previous post we saw that while the empty tomb is a powerful reminder of the hope we have in Christ’s victory, the cross shows us how to bear difficulties until victory comes.

    Specifically, we saw from Christ’s suffering, five truths to remember in times of difficulty.

    1. Remember God is in control.
    2. Remember others are learning from you.
    3. Remember to examine your heart.
    4. Remember to pray.
    5. Remember to surrender to God’s plan.

    We’ll finish this post with five more instructions gleaned from the example of Jesus:

    6. Don’t let the action or inaction of others cause you to quit.

    From the inaction of the disciples (sleeping when they should have been supporting Him in prayer) to the wrong action of Judas (outright selling Christ for personal gain), Jesus was abandoned and betrayed.

    And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.—Luke 22:46–47

    Sometimes during trials, we become frustrated by either or both of these responses of others. We dwell on the inactivity of some: “No one cares about me.” “No one tried to help me.” And we dwell on the wrong actions (or perceived wrong actions) of others: “Everyone is talking about me.”

    Yet, in spite of both inaction and wrong action from His disciples, Jesus went on. He hurt, yes. But He continued toward Calvary. (more…)

  4. What the Passion of Christ Teaches Us about Trials, part 1

    April 15, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    On Sunday, we celebrate the victory of the Resurrection of Christ. We remember His triumph, and we thank God for the hope that brings in our lives on a daily basis.

    But remember, there could be no resurrection without the crucifixion. The empty tomb is a powerful reminder of the hope we have in Christ’s victory. But the cross shows us how to bear difficulties until victory comes.

    From this Easter to last Easter, perhaps you’ve lost a loved one, faced difficult illness, encountered family challenges, lost your job or your home.  In the space of a year, surely every one of us have had times of trial.

    During trials, it’s easy to lose perspective. Fear and anxiety can grip our hearts and cause us to lose focus.

    And that is why we must look to Christ for an example. Consider Christ’s focus during the last hours before His crucifixion—what we call “the passion of Christ.” In the hours before His death He was in such intense agony of soul that he shed “as it were great drops of blood.” Judas betrayed Him. Peter denied Him. The Pharisees falsely accused Him. And the disciples abandoned him.

    Jesus knows suffering. And from His example, we see how to endure trials. (more…)

  5. 7 Reasons You Need to Register Today for Renew Spiritual Leadership Conference

    April 10, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    The 2014 Spiritual Leadership Conference is fast approaching—it’s now less than nine weeks away.

    If you have not yet registered for the conference, I would encourage you to do so today. Here are seven reasons I believe you need to register—the first two of which are why you need to register today:

    7. Free book

    When you register before April 15, you receive a gift copy of my newest book, Out of Commission. This book (which is actually at press now) deals with how we often struggle in our soulwinning, and it provides practical teaching on how to return to our Lord’s Great Commission. Register today, and get your copy free! (more…)