1. Growth Points 56: Growing through Adversity

    October 15, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    After twenty-nine years in the pastorate, I can tell you I have faced difficulties I never thought I’d face in ministry. (Of course, I’ve also had more blessings than I anticipated too!) When you think about the reality of adversity, we probably should be more perceptive about the fact that it’s going to come. Second Timothy 3:12 tells us, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

    Whether you are facing financial burdens, ministry trials, family difficulties, or any other kind of adverse circumstances, I’d like to encourage you that God has a purpose and is working. In this growth points video, I share several reasons God allows adversity in our lives as well as five steps to make your season of adversity a time of growth.


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  2. 5 Helpful Follow Up Methods Every Christian Can Use

    October 13, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    The Lord gave us a phenomenal Sunday yesterday, and how we praise Him for it! I preached a message from Luke 16 about the rich man and Lazareth and the need to consider eternity. What a privilege to preach Jesus and lift up the cross! God blessed as scores of people responded during the invitations and trusted Christ as their Saviour.

    After a Sunday of such abundant fruitfulness, I not only feel grateful, I also feel very responsible. I want to follow up on guests and nurture young Christians to grow in Christ.

    I believe that “big days” of ministry must be just the starting point for continued discipleship and training. Aggressive soulwinning must be followed with aggressive discipleship. Second Timothy 2:2 makes it clear that our job is to “teach others also” in the things we have learned.

    So how do we practically do that? Below are five ways to follow up on guests and new Christians after a special Sunday of outreach: (more…)


  3. What to Do at Church on an Outreach Sunday

    October 11, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    In the previous post, I suggested ten ways you can use an evangelistic Sunday (such as Open House or a Christmas musical) to reach people with the gospel.

    In this post, I want to encourage you to steward every opportunity for sharing the gospel and reaching people for the Lord that a special Sunday brings.

    What can you do on Sunday morning to lead people to Christ? Here are five suggestions: (more…)


  4. 10 Ways Everyone Should Prepare for an Evangelistic Sunday

    October 9, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    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…)


  5. 5 Best Practices for Handling Stress

    September 26, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    I think the Apostle Paul would laugh at some of our goals of “stress-free living.” Not because he would have had a desire for stress, but because of the lengths we go to avoid it!

    We see stress as an enemy, but in reality, it is part and parcel of life—especially life in the ministry.

    • How can you bear one another’s burden without enduring some stress?
    • How can you love and lead people without demands on your time and energy?
    • How can you be on the front lines of spiritual battle without the tension of spiritual warfare?

    Yes, there is stress involved in ministry.

    But there is a difference between living with stress and living “stressed out.” In contrast to our stressed out living, God offers His peace.

    And let the peace of God rule in your hearts…—Colossians 3:15

    So how can you live with stress and simultaneously walk with the peace of God ruling in your heart? (more…)