1. 10 Resources for Outreach and Discipleship

    March 20, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    As we approach Resurrection Sunday, our church is praying and working to impact our community with the largest gospel outreach in our history. Many of our friends around the country are similarly using Easter Sunday as an opportunity to magnify the message of the gospel.

    Over the years, we have developed printed resources for soulwinning, outreach, and discipleship to use here at Lancaster Baptist Church. As the Lord has blessed these in our efforts, we’ve made them available to other churches through Striving Together Publications.

    As we all approach a season with extra emphasis on outreach—personal soulwinning as well as training new soulwinners—and then, prayerfully, with new Christians needing to be discipled, I thought this would be a helpful time to share these resources: (more…)


  2. Biblical Principles for Music and Worship, Part 3

    March 11, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    In part 1 of this post, we set the context for wanting our music to be honoring to God and offered three principles related to music. In part 2 we looked at seven more principles, for a total so far of 10:

    1. I believe preaching is central in worship and evangelism.
    2. I believe music is to reflect the holiness of God.
    3. I believe there is a true danger in over contextualizing church ministry.
    4. I believe sacred music is for the purpose of worship, thanksgiving, rejoicing, consecration, edification, evangelism, and preservation of our faith.
    5. I believe in the priority of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs as taught in the Word of God.
    6. I believe a hymn is a celebration of God based on Scripture.
    7. I believe Christian music should reflect the orderliness of God in its melodies and rhythms.
    8. I believe the CCM movement as a whole denies the scriptural teaching to come out and be separate.
    9. I believe music can be used in a moral fashion to glorify God or in a worldly fashion to glorify man.
    10. I believe new songs are commended and helpful in worship.

    If you have not yet read the previous posts (1 and 2), I’d encourage you to do so before reading this one.

    Otherwise, here are five final principles as well as a few concluding remarks: (more…)


  3. Biblical Principles for Music and Worship, Part 2

    March 10, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    In part 1 of this post, we set the context for wanting our music to be honoring to God, and we looked at three principles related to music:

    1. I believe preaching is central in worship and evangelism.
    2. I believe music is to reflect the holiness of God.
    3. I believe there is a true danger in over contextualizing church ministry.

    Before reading this post, I’d encourage you to go back and read part 1 if you have not read it already.)

    In this post, we look at seven more biblical principles for music and worship: (more…)


  4. Biblical Principles for Music and Worship

    March 9, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    I thank God for the gift of music. I am particularly thankful for sacred, Christ-honoring music. Music is an integral part of worship and edification. It can draw our hearts closer to the Lord and reinforce scriptural truths in our minds, or it can weaken our walk with God and pull our flesh toward the world.

    Because the church is an ekklesia—a called out assembly—our philosophy of church music should be cultivated scripturally and should provide a “certain sound” of distinction.

    For all the blustery discussions regarding music, however, I have been surprised to find few of my friends who have written a policy or philosophy of music. This lends credence to my sense that much of the discussion is based on personal paradigm and preferences.

    In truth, everyone has a paradigm. Some view music as a musician. Some as a listener. Some as a “joyful noisemaker.” Of course ultimately, our paradigm should be biblical. Mine in this article is simply from a pastor’s heart trying to rightly interpret and apply Scripture. (more…)


  5. 5 Ways to Make Sermon Study More Productive

    February 20, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    The greatest ministry responsibility of a pastor’s life is noted in Acts 6: “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4).

    Yet, the time spent in prayer and study for messages is probably a pastor’s greatest challenge as well. There are just so many pastoral responsibilities that arise during a given week that time for sermon preparation must be guarded…and maximized.

    Below are five tips that I hope will be a help to you in making your study time more productive for your congregation. (more…)