1. The Role of Grace in Giving

    February 25, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    You’ve read the testimony of the Macedonian Christians who gave sacrificially to the Apostle Paul:

    Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.—2 Corinthians 8:1–8

    Why is this testimony so powerful? Paul used it to encourage the Corinthian churches to be faithful in giving, and two millennia later, it motivates us today. Why?

    The significance lies in their motive. In God’s economy, the motive is as important as the gift. In other words, why we give is as important as that we give. (more…)


  2. 5 Building Supplies for a Soulwinning Church

    February 6, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    We’re in the midst of constructing the largest building to date on our campus. Every foot of construction progress represents multiplied hours of preparation and planning.

    Buildings don’t just happen. And neither do churches. As spiritual leaders, undershepherds of Christ’s churches, it is our responsibility to labor with purpose and intention.

    One of the greatest indicators of the health of a church is its heart for souls and diligence in outreach. Christians who love the Lord and are grateful for their salvation want to share the gospel message with others!

    So if we want to labor with Christ to build a soulwinning church, what are the supplies necessary? (more…)


  3. Growth Points 62: Strengthen the Things Which Remain

    February 2, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    The tendency of churches today, as in the first century, is to slip into a maintenance mode, gradually allowing their faith, vision, joy, and soulwinning compassion to diminish.

    This is why it is important that we heed Christ’s counsel to the church at Sardis and “strengthen the things which remain.” In this growth points video, we look at five specific commands by which we strengthen the people of God:


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  4. The Way Back: 7 Basics of Revival

    January 28, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    For the Bible-believing Christian, anything that could be called a true advancement will be in a direction leading to basic, New Testament Christianity. So in a sense, it will be going back.

    If we will see revival, we must get back to the basics:

    1. Back to Prayer

    Prayer is one of the most talked about, but least practiced, spiritual disciplines in the ministry.

    We know that God moves through prayer. We know that prayer precedes revival.

    Even the verse we often speak of when we discuss our longing for revival, is a prayer:

    Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?—Psalm 85:6

    If we want to see revival, we must pray—faithfully and fervently.

    2. Back to Biblical Preaching

    God choose preaching.

    For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.—1 Corinthians 1:21

    A simple read through the book of Acts reveals that preaching was a staple of early churches—both in declaring the gospel and maturing believers. (more…)


  5. 5 Revival-Producing Commands to the Local Church

    January 19, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    If we can learn anything from the first-century churches of Asia Minor, it is the propensity of Christians and churches toward decline.

    As you read Revelation 2–3, you see churches that were started in the days of the apostles already seeing sharp spiritual decline in that first generation.

    But if there is one other thing we can learn from these churches, it is that Christ cares about the condition of the church and that He desires to revive His church.

    Notice these instructions the Lord gave to the church at Sardis through the Apostle John:

    Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.—Revelation 3:2–3

    These are words of hope. They speak to God’s willingness to revive Christians and local churches that were once vibrant in their faith but are now faltering in their love and loyalty for Christ.

    To the church at Sardis, Christ laid out for them the path to spiritual restoration in five specific commands that would bring revival: (more…)