1. Still Alive—7 Truths for the Monday after Resurrection Sunday

    April 17, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    No doubt about it, Resurrection Sunday is a highlight of the year. I thank God for the opportunity it provides many churches for extended outreach and gospel preaching, and I praise Him for every soul saved around the world this weekend.

    It is always a blessing to me to watch our church family invest extra time and energy to share the gospel in the days leading up to Easter. (In the two weeks preceding Easter, our church family went to every home in our community with a gospel invitation.) And it is, of course, a joy to see people saved in the services as fruit of this labor. Another blessing of the weekend is receiving texts from other pastors and seeing reports on Twitter of people saved in other churches. I love hearing how God is working through local churches around the world.

    If you’re like me, however, on the day after Resurrection Sunday, you are exhausted, and your mind is spinning. There is so much to rejoice in…and so much to do as follow up. And coupled with physical and emotional exhaustion, it’s easy to lose focus. It is easy for your mind to go to the guests who didn’t come, the goals you didn’t reach, or the part of your sermon that you don’t think came out clearly. (more…)


  2. What the Lord’s Table Teaches Us about Love, Loyalty, and Separation

    April 12, 2017 by Paul Chappell

    At Lancaster Baptist Church, we typically observe the Lord’s Table several times throughout the year. One of those times is the Sunday before we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection. I am thankful for how this focuses our hearts on Jesus’ sacrifice and the events leading into His crucifixion and resurrection.

    Before we observed the Lord’s Table this past Sunday, I preached a message titled “3 Lessons from the Lord’s Table” from 1 Corinthians 10. In this passage, we see that the Lord’s Table is not only a reminder of the sacrifice of the cross, but it is also a reminder that Christ deserves our exclusive love and loyalty. And, as Paul pointed out to the Corinthian church, our separation from anything that competes with or replaces Christ.

    In this message, we looked at how the Lord uses this time of examination to teach us the priority of loyalty to Him, separation from idols, and, in a local church context, ecclesiastical separation from false worship.

    I trust this message will be an encouragement to you to renew your love and loyalty to Christ as we celebrate His sacrifice for us and His defeat over sin and death.


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  3. 10 Resources for Outreach and Discipleship

    March 20, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    As we approach Resurrection Sunday, our church is praying and working to impact our community with the largest gospel outreach in our history. Many of our friends around the country are similarly using Easter Sunday as an opportunity to magnify the message of the gospel.

    Over the years, we have developed printed resources for soulwinning, outreach, and discipleship to use here at Lancaster Baptist Church. As the Lord has blessed these in our efforts, we’ve made them available to other churches through Striving Together Publications.

    As we all approach a season with extra emphasis on outreach—personal soulwinning as well as training new soulwinners—and then, prayerfully, with new Christians needing to be discipled, I thought this would be a helpful time to share these resources: (more…)


  4. Biblical Principles for Music and Worship, Part 3

    March 11, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    In part 1 of this post, we set the context for wanting our music to be honoring to God and offered three principles related to music. In part 2 we looked at seven more principles, for a total so far of 10:

    1. I believe preaching is central in worship and evangelism.
    2. I believe music is to reflect the holiness of God.
    3. I believe there is a true danger in over contextualizing church ministry.
    4. I believe sacred music is for the purpose of worship, thanksgiving, rejoicing, consecration, edification, evangelism, and preservation of our faith.
    5. I believe in the priority of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs as taught in the Word of God.
    6. I believe a hymn is a celebration of God based on Scripture.
    7. I believe Christian music should reflect the orderliness of God in its melodies and rhythms.
    8. I believe the CCM movement as a whole denies the scriptural teaching to come out and be separate.
    9. I believe music can be used in a moral fashion to glorify God or in a worldly fashion to glorify man.
    10. I believe new songs are commended and helpful in worship.

    If you have not yet read the previous posts (1 and 2), I’d encourage you to do so before reading this one.

    Otherwise, here are five final principles as well as a few concluding remarks: (more…)


  5. Biblical Principles for Music and Worship, Part 2

    March 10, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    In part 1 of this post, we set the context for wanting our music to be honoring to God, and we looked at three principles related to music:

    1. I believe preaching is central in worship and evangelism.
    2. I believe music is to reflect the holiness of God.
    3. I believe there is a true danger in over contextualizing church ministry.

    Before reading this post, I’d encourage you to go back and read part 1 if you have not read it already.)

    In this post, we look at seven more biblical principles for music and worship: (more…)