1. 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Church (part 2)

    January 26, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    In part 1 of this post, we looked at five characteristics of a healthy church:

    1. A Biblical Purpose
    2. A Spiritual Passion
    3. An Uncompromised Position
    4. An Endowment of Power
    5. A Growing Leadership

    In part 2, we’ll look at five final characteristics:

    6. A Transparent Policy

    There’s a lot of talk in our day about transparency. Some of it is just talk in which people try to create an illusion of transparency where there is none. But biblical Christianity is transparent and free of guile. (more…)


  2. Thank You, President Trump

    January 23, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    President Trump has certainly been a controversial figure on our political landscape throughout this past election season. Today, however, I am thankful for one of the first executive orders he signed—an order to reinstate a ban on federal funds to foreign abortions.

    Often called the “Mexico City Policy” (because of the location where it was announced), President Reagan was the first to set this policy. In short, it bans federal funding to international organizations that perform or recommend abortions.

    Eight years ago today, one of President Obama’s first executive actions was to revoke this policy, thus giving tax funds to foreign abortions.

    Today, on President Trump’s first full day in the oval office, one of his first executive actions was to reinstate it, banning tax funds to foreign abortions. (more…)


  3. 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Church

    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…)


  4. 3 Dynamics of Growth in Grace

    January 18, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    Do you need grace today?

    Do you desire to grow in grace this year?

    I suppose these are questions with self-evident answers. We know we need God’s grace, and we know Scripture commands us to grow in grace.

    But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.—2 Peter 3:18

    This is what we desire for our lives as well as for the lives of those to whom we minister.

    But how? How do we grow in grace? And what does growth in grace look like on a practical level? (more…)


  5. 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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