1. 6 Places to Find Soulwinning Prospects

    October 6, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    We know that Jesus came “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). But sometimes we forget that He actively sought those who were lost.

    For Jesus, gospel outreach was no passing interest or occasional hobby. He looked for lost people and personally brought them the message of salvation through Himself.

    And He calls us to do the same: “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (Luke 14:23).

    We know that everywhere around us there are people in need of the gospel. But where specifically—or how specifically—can you find people with whom you can share the message of salvation? (more…)

  2. Make Today Your Masterpiece

    October 3, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    Coach John Wooden used to say, “Make each day your masterpiece.” I read that statement recently, and it got me thinking.

    When you’re a kid, you’re asked from time to time, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” If you’re like me, your answer to that question changed from year to year, but it always included big dreams. You wanted to do something great—something honorable and noble…or at least noteworthy.

    If I asked you today, “What is your greatest life goal?” or even “What is your next big goal?” your answers would probably include a plan or an event—something you want to do to make a difference for the cause of Christ.

    But if I asked you, “How are you going to make today great?” could you answer?

    I have been thinking a lot about the everyday—what we sometimes call mundane. All of us have repetitive duties, and most of us don’t have particularly glamorous moments scheduled each day into our planners. (more…)

  3. 4 Ways You Can Promote Grace in Ministry

    September 29, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    Would you like your ministry to be full of grace? Your life? Your relationships?

    Over the past few posts, I’ve shared the importance of motivating by grace, letting God’s grace work, and hindering grace. This is the last in what has turned into a mini-series on grace.

    In the previous post, we noted four ways we hinder God’s grace. We boiled them all down to one—pride—and saw then that the answer is to humble ourselves.

    But if we could name several manifestations of pride that hinder God’s grace, are there not also several ways we can express the humility that invites God’s grace? (more…)

  4. 4 Ways to Block God’s Grace in Your Ministry

    September 26, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    We often talk about what God’s grace does for us. And, truly, it is abundant.

    We talk about how greatly we need it in ministry. And we do.

    But have you ever considered if you might be preventing God’s grace from working in your heart? If you might be blocking its flow in your ministry?

    Scripture tells us that we can hinder the work of grace. How? (more…)

  5. 4 Ways Grace Works in Our Hearts

    September 21, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    The grace of God is an incredible gift. It not only brings salvation (Titus 2:11), but it is the ongoing provision for our Christian walk.

    It’s a peculiar thing about grace, however: it seems practically every Christian has their “angle” on the best way to use God’s grace—what grace is really all about.

    Perhaps part of the reason for that is that grace is indeed multi-faceted. It doesn’t only bring salvation, only give Christian liberty, or only produce holiness. God uses His grace at every level in our hearts. It is the ongoing provision for every child of God.

    In a recent podcast, we looked at how God’s grace is one of the key scriptural motivators of the Christian life. But how do you know if you are being motivated (or motivating others) by grace? (more…)