1. 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Church

    January 23, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    We know that God is more interested in the spiritual health of a church than its numeric growth. A spiritually thriving church will be reaching people with the gospel and seeing people added to the church, but a church focused only on growth may be seeing people added without true conversion or spiritual maturity.

    But what does a healthy church look like? What are its defining characteristics?

    No church “arrives” in spiritual maturity. Even as we as individual Christians must guard our hearts against coldness to the Lord or backsliding, so entire churches can become lukewarm spiritually. (See Revelation 3:14–16.) (more…)


  2. Growth Points 74: Three Attributes of a Great Year

    January 12, 2017 by Paul Chappell

    When I think about a great ministry or a great minister, I think of John the Baptist. Jesus Himself called John and his ministry great: “For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist…” (Luke 7:28).

    John wasn’t as concerned with being relevant to his culture as he was with being in touch with God. It was his heart for God and the way he uncompromisingly shared God’s message that set him apart.

    In this growth points video, I share three characteristics from John the Baptist’s life of what brings greatness—in an individual life, a church, or a ministry.


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  3. Where Grace Abounds

    January 9, 2017 by Paul Chappell

    Each year at Lancaster Baptist Church, we introduce a new theme for the year to our church family on Vision Sunday. Primarily we do this through the Sunday messages in which the theme is shared from a biblical text and then, in Sunday evening’s message, developed into ministry goals for the coming year.

    But one of the most memorable ways we introduce the theme is through teaching our church family a new chorus (typically written by our music team) based on the theme.

    Our theme for 2017 is “By Grace,” and below is a video from our 2017 Vision Sunday as the ensemble sings the new chorus “Where Grace Abounds.” (Click here for the sheet music.) I’d like to invite you to learn this song and come sing it with us at Spiritual Leadership Conference this year—June 11–14, 2017.


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  4. 5 Free Resources for Your New Year

    January 7, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    If you’re looking for encouraging, yet intensely-practical and thoroughly-biblical, resources to help you move forward for God in this New Year, here are five completely free resources that I believe could be a help to you: (more…)


  5. How to Align Your External World with Your Internal Commitments

    December 31, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    At the start of a new year, we make goals, resolutions, or commitments. And we sincerely want to transform them into reality over the coming months.

    Very often, however, there is a disconnect between the internal commitments we’ve made and our everyday living. This can be the case for every kind of goal—from spiritual goals to physical goals. We may have positive thoughts, but we keep ending up with negative results. Why?

    Reaching a goal requires more than good intentions. We have to make changes in our lives that align what we do with what we plan. In other words, we must align our external world with our internal commitments. How? (more…)