1. 7 Ways a Pastor Can Lead a Church in Consistent Outreach

    November 17, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    When Terrie and I moved to Lancaster over thirty years ago, I began an eighteen-month season of intense personal outreach. Every week, I would knock on no less than five hundred doors personally with a church invitation and a purpose to share the gospel at the door.

    But my goal was not to personally evangelize the Antelope Valley. My goal was to lead Lancaster Baptist Church in reaching our community with the gospel.

    One of the ways we do this is through special outreach times, such as Christmas, Easter, and Open House Sunday. Our obedience to the Great Commission, however should be consistent year round.

    As a pastor, here are some of the ways I have endeavored to lead our church in consistent soulwinning and outreach. (more…)

  2. 5 Things to Pray for When You’re Overwhelmed

    November 14, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    Four weeks ago, I spent Monday night at gate 76 of Detroit International Airport, fervently praying for my three-year-old grandson, Chandler, who was undergoing an emergency surgery.

    A CT scan had revealed a fractured skull and bleeding near the brain, but beyond that, I really didn’t know or have the medical understanding of exactly what was going on. In an email I sent the next day to some praying friends, I wrote, “I don’t have all the technical info. I just know we need to pray fervently.”

    Those statements capture the intensity and yet ignorance I felt that Monday night in the airport.

    How do you pray when you don’t exactly know what to pray for? When your spirit is fervent, but your knowledge is limited and your ability to help is non-existent?

    Sometime during that Monday night, I read Psalm 39. In this short, thirteen-verse chapter, I found clarity for prayer and reminders of the power of God. (more…)

  3. What Following Jesus Looks Like on a Weekday

    November 9, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    When Jesus called His disciples, it wasn’t a Sundays-only proposition. He had something more in mind—something 24/7.

    Likewise, when the disciples responded to His call, they “left all, rose up, and followed Him” (Luke 5:28).

    In a day when Christians feel good about themselves if they go to church on Sunday and pastors are tempted to measure their success by how Sunday’s services went, it’s good to be reminded that Christ’s call “Follow Me,” is a call for every day of the week.

    Think of it this way: How does your life look different on Thursday morning because you are following Jesus? (more…)

  4. How Is a Biblical Christian to Respond in This Election?

    November 5, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    This has been an incredibly difficult election season. In fact, recent polls indicate that 82 percent of Americans are disgusted with it.

    Sometimes as Christians, we wonder how we can make a difference in a time like this. How do we respond to the vitriol and rhetoric with clear thinking and Christ-like decisions?

    1. Remember your dual citizenship.

    Our first loyalty is not to America but to our King. Patriotic as we may be, we have an eternal homeland:

    For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.—Philippians 3:20–21

    This is good news for the Christian because it gives us a clear perspective to see the issues through a biblical framework and eternal vantage point.

    As a pastor, I’m always aware that there are people in every church in different phases of their spiritual journey. Some are skilled Bible teachers while others are just beginning to learn where the books of the Bible are. Younger Christians have often not yet learned to apply biblical principles to matters of everyday (or every four years) life. Thinking through issues that have been labeled as “political” with scriptural truth in mind can be new to them. Christians shouldn’t be contentious with one another over these issues. We should stand and declare biblical truth but allow for growth in grace. (more…)

  5. 7 Truths I Shared with Future Pastors Last Week

    November 2, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    I meet once or twice each year with the senior men of West Coast Baptist College to discuss ministry philosophy and personal growth. As we met last week, I was encouraged by their sense of anticipation and eagerness for getting into the ministry.

    These are exciting days to serve the Lord. While it’s true that the ministry landscape is very different from when I first entered the ministry, it’s also true that there have never been more opportunities or a greater need for gospel-preaching churches. I’m excited to see another group of preachers graduate and am thankful for their sense of urgency to serve Christ in a meaningful way.

    Along those lines, I shared seven truths with them are needful for all of us, but are perhaps especially pertinent to younger men: (more…)