October 9, 2014 by Paul Chappell
This Sunday will be our church’s twenty-ninth Open House Sunday. Much work has already gone into every aspect of this day. From hours of prayer and preparation for the gospel message I will preach to the dinner for our guests, to the 1,001 other details of the service and hosting guests—we are not entering this day unprepared!
But there is more to preparing for an Open House Sunday (or “Friend Day,” “Christmas musical,” or any other Sunday with an evangelistic emphasis) than the elements of what actually happens on that day. There is the cultivating relationships and engaging in the work of soulwinning.
Jesus commanded us, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). “All the world” surely includes our immediate neighborhoods and the communities in which we live!
Below are ten suggestions for how you—whether you are the pastor or a lay person—can use a special outreach Sunday at your church to reach people for Christ. (more…)
Category: Christian Life
Tags: Christian Walk, Church, ministry, soulwinning Comments (0)
October 6, 2014 by Paul Chappell
I am so excited to make available a new soulwinning resource from Striving Together Publications—Paid in Full: Your Debt, God’s Payment.
This small minibook is written directly to an unsaved person. It explains salvation simply and engages with the reader conversationally. In clear, easy-to-understand (but not over-simplified) terms, it lays out our need for a Saviour and presents the freely offered gift of eternal life. The book extends an invitation to the reader to accept Christ, and a concluding chapter briefly covers assurance of salvation and eternal security.
Over the years, we’ve published similar tools (such as Done and One Thing) and have received strong, positive feedback—from soulwinners and directly from readers. I’m thankful to add another resource to this collection, and, of course, I plan to use this in my personal outreach. (more…)
Category: Christian Life, Media/Resources
Tags: Media/Resources, ministry, Resource, soulwinning, Striving Together Comments (0)
October 4, 2014 by Paul Chappell
When I came to Lancaster, California, I had one goal in mind—reach this community with the gospel of Jesus Christ! Every pastor or leader in ministry that I know has the same goal. You want to reach your community with the gospel.
So how should you do it? It’s a big task for sure, but the short answer is “in as many ways as you can!”
In other words, you want to saturate and engage your community with the gospel. The Apostle Paul did that “publickly, and from house to house” (Acts 20:20), and I believe a strategy that involves both is important.
Here are five ways we have found effective to engage our community with the gospel: (more…)
Category: Ministry Leadership
Tags: Church, ministry, Ministry Philosophy, soulwinning Comments (0)
October 2, 2014 by Paul Chappell
Pro Aris et Focis—it’s the motto of many military regiments and an oft-adopted motto for military families. It’s a Latin phrase meaning “For God and Country.” The English translation is the motto for the American Legion.
Throughout over 238 years of our nation’s history, we’ve easily acknowledged God and our dependence upon Him. It’s in our pledge, in our national anthem, and on virtually every national monument in our capital. It’s also in our enlistment oath for the armed services. Or at least, it used to be.
A recent news article reported that, under threat of a lawsuit from the American Humanist Association representing an atheist member of the air force, the final four words of the enlistment oath—“So help me God”—are now optional.
I am 100 percent for religious freedom. Every human being has a God-given freedom to choose to receive or reject the knowledge of God and the truth concerning Christ.
But I am also 100 percent for national acknowledgement of and dependence upon God. Our nation was never “Christian” in the sense that every leader was a born again follower of Jesus Christ. But we never shied away from acknowledging our national need for God either. (more…)
Category: Current Events
Tags: Current Events, patriotic Comments (0)
September 29, 2014 by Paul Chappell
In celebration of the twentieth year of West Coast Baptist College, I am planning to post a monthly interview with WCBC alumni who are serving around the world.
This month’s interview is with Pastor Kyle Haynes who graduated from WCBC in 2001. Pastor Haynes and his wife, Kami, came to WCBC as married students with a young family. They have five children: Ashley, Preston, Austin, Jenna, and Braedon. Ashley and her husband, Matt, are also graduates of WCBC, and Preston is currently in his sophomore year at WCBC.
One of the things that I remember most about Pastor Haynes from his college years was his faithfulness. Even as a married student with a family, he was consistent, focused, and faithful as a husband, dad, student, and servant in ministry. I praise the Lord for how He is using the Haynes family in ministry today!
1. In what ministry and role do you currently serve?
I serve as the senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Baptist Church in Morgan Hill, California. I just celebrated my tenth anniversary. (more…)
Category: Ministry Leadership, Ministry News
Tags: ministry, Ministry Moments, Ministry News, pastors, WCBC Comments (0)