1. Growth Points 62: Strengthen the Things Which Remain

    February 2, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    The tendency of churches today, as in the first century, is to slip into a maintenance mode, gradually allowing their faith, vision, joy, and soulwinning compassion to diminish.

    This is why it is important that we heed Christ’s counsel to the church at Sardis and “strengthen the things which remain.” In this growth points video, we look at five specific commands by which we strengthen the people of God:


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  2. The Way Back: 7 Basics of Revival

    January 28, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    For the Bible-believing Christian, anything that could be called a true advancement will be in a direction leading to basic, New Testament Christianity. So in a sense, it will be going back.

    If we will see revival, we must get back to the basics:

    1. Back to Prayer

    Prayer is one of the most talked about, but least practiced, spiritual disciplines in the ministry.

    We know that God moves through prayer. We know that prayer precedes revival.

    Even the verse we often speak of when we discuss our longing for revival, is a prayer:

    Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?—Psalm 85:6

    If we want to see revival, we must pray—faithfully and fervently.

    2. Back to Biblical Preaching

    God choose preaching.

    For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.—1 Corinthians 1:21

    A simple read through the book of Acts reveals that preaching was a staple of early churches—both in declaring the gospel and maturing believers. (more…)


  3. Helping Teens Make the Connection between Technology and Purity

    January 22, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    When I was a young boy in Northern California, the only time I wanted to go inside was dinnertime. All other hours, I wanted to be outside playing.

    Playtime for today’s young people, however, has transformed into screen time. The nature of community for twenty-first century children and teens has been radically changed.

    The typical teenager today spends over 7.5 hours each day connected to some form of media.

    This many hours of screen time poses serious concerns for the hearts and souls of young people—on every level.

    One of these concerns is purity.

    For today’s teens, technology and purity can be incredibly connected. Twenty percent of all teens say they have sent/posted nude or semi-nude pictures or videos of themselves. And there’s worse…but I’m stopping there. The point is that today’s Internet makes moral sins incredibly accessible (and deceptive) to young people at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives. (more…)


  4. 5 Revival-Producing Commands to the Local Church

    January 19, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    If we can learn anything from the first-century churches of Asia Minor, it is the propensity of Christians and churches toward decline.

    As you read Revelation 2–3, you see churches that were started in the days of the apostles already seeing sharp spiritual decline in that first generation.

    But if there is one other thing we can learn from these churches, it is that Christ cares about the condition of the church and that He desires to revive His church.

    Notice these instructions the Lord gave to the church at Sardis through the Apostle John:

    Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.—Revelation 3:2–3

    These are words of hope. They speak to God’s willingness to revive Christians and local churches that were once vibrant in their faith but are now faltering in their love and loyalty for Christ.

    To the church at Sardis, Christ laid out for them the path to spiritual restoration in five specific commands that would bring revival: (more…)


  5. If You’ve Ever Had Doubts about God…

    January 16, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    Welcome to the club!

    It’s a club comprised of some of the stalwart heroes of the faith. You know, Abraham (Genesis 17:17), Sarah (Genesis 18:12), Gideon (Judges 6:13), Elijah (1 Kings 19:10), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 20:7), John the Baptist (Luke 7:19)…and Asaph.

    We don’t think about Asaph that often. He’s probably not included in your kids’ Bible story book, and you may not even recognize his name. Asaph was the chief musician leading Israel’s temple worship during the reign of David. And he penned Psalm 73—one of the most transparent chapters in the Bible.

    In Psalm 73, Asaph recorded his doubts about God—about God’s goodness, about God’s righteousness, about God’s faithfulness. And he recorded how God led him, not to suppress the doubts, but to work through them—in the sanctuary of God.

    I recently came across a small book that is packed with helpful study regarding this Psalm. The book is titled Working through an Asaph Moment: and dealing with doubts about God. It is written by Tim Zacharias, pastor of the Community Baptist Church in Branford, Connecticut. (more…)