1. When Baptist Is a Name But No Longer a Reality

    May 28, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    This Sunday morning, I’ll stand in front of several dozen adults—all who are newer to Lancaster Baptist Church and most of which are new Christians as well—and teach week two of “Starting Point,” a three-week class I teach several times a year.

    On the second week of each Starting Point class, I teach on the Baptist distinctives—the doctrines that, as a whole, set Baptists apart from any other denomination. I’ll use an acrostic as an outline to teach these scriptural beliefs:

    • Biblical Authority in all matters of faith and practice
    • Autonomy or self governing power of the local church
    • Priesthood of believers
    • Two offices within the church—pastor and deacon
    • Individual soul liberty
    • Separation of church and state
    • Two ordinances—baptism and the Lord’s Table
    • Separation and personal holiness

    As a Baptist pastor of a Baptist church, I believe that each of these distinctives are not only biblical, but they are vital. They are doctrinal. And doctrine matters. (more…)


  2. Introducing “Continue”—a New Discipleship Resource

    May 21, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    I am very excited to announce the release of an all-new discipleship curriculum, written here at Lancaster Baptist Church: Continue: a personal journey in biblical discipleship.

    This resource has been in progress for over two years and is the compilation of hundreds of hours of developing and beta testing.

    You can download a sample lesson, but I’d also like to give you an overview of what makes this curriculum uniquely suited to local church discipleship:

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    As we developed this course, there were several big-picture details that were important to us: (more…)


  3. Biblical Goals for Local Church Discipleship

    May 13, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Do you have clear objectives for your discipleship program? If so, do you have a road map to accomplish these goals?

    Today I’m continuing the discipleship training at Striving Together Publications as we look at four biblical priorities for what should be included in a local church discipleship program. Watch the video there to join the discussion.

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  4. Why Discipleship?

    May 11, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Does organized discipleship in the local church matter? Does it make a difference?

    My answer is a resounding YES! And in this four-minute video, I explain why.

    Watch the video at Striving Together Publications to join the discussion on the benefits of a structured discipleship program:

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  5. 3 Traits of Leaders Who Build

    April 30, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    In every work of God, there comes a point when a leader must ask, “Am I content to move forward in maintenance mode, or will I continue to build?”

    In theory, this question sounds simple. Who wouldn’t want to continue building, especially when you are co-laboring with Christ in building that which He has promised to bless?

    In experience, however, this question can be challenging. The truth is, building is strenuous. Messy. Tiring. Problem-laden. It draws criticism and stretches you as a leader.

    Maintaining, on the other hand, while not necessarily easy, is more predictable. And it certainly is less demanding.

    But Christ has plainly stated His intent is—not simply to maintain—but to build: “… I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). And He invites us to build with Him: “For we are labourers together with God…” (1 Corinthians 3:9).

    So what does it take as spiritual leaders to move from maintaining to building? What kinds of leaders stay on the construction site, rather than simply occupying office space in the completed structure? (more…)