1. 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Church

    January 23, 2017 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…)


  2. 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…)


  3. 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.


    (If you you cannot see this video in your RSS reader or email, you can watch it here.)


  4. 5 Free Resources for Your New Year

    January 7, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    If you’re looking for encouraging, yet intensely-practical and thoroughly-biblical, resources to help you move forward for God in this New Year, here are five completely free resources that I believe could be a help to you: (more…)


  5. 3 Life Stewardship Principles for the New Year

    January 5, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    I love the New Year for the fresh start it gives us on setting goals and making life adjustments.

    But in all our preparing and planning, it’s good to remember that our lives belong to God, and we are simply stewards—managers—of what He has entrusted to us.

    How do New Year’s goals look different when you remember this? (more…)