1. Growth Points 66: A Biblical Response to Changes in Our Culture, Part 2

    July 20, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Most of us recognize a general culture shift against Bible-believing Christianity in America, making Christians who believe and practice the Bible a minority.

    How do we respond to these changes in our culture? In the previous Growth Points video, I highlighted three biblical truths:

    1. Never be be ashamed of the gospel of Christ.
    2. Love and forgive those who oppose Christ.
    3. Hold to the truth.

    In this video, I share five more specific ways for Bible-believing Christians to rightly respond to a changing culture:


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  2. Growth Points 65: A Biblical Response to Changes in Our Culture

    July 17, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    In recent days, particularly through the Supreme Court ruling of June 26 concerning same-sex marriage, we have seen the rejection of biblical revelation around us. The results of this ruling and of the corresponding changes in our culture are yet unfolding, and I believe they are likely to include forms of difficulty and persecution for Christians.

    In the wake of our culture’s rejection of God’s truth and in the face of whatever results may come of it, what should be our response as Christians? In this Growth Points video, I share what I believe should be our biblical response to the changes in our culture:


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  3. The Forgotten Admonition for the Last Days

    July 2, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    Now, more than ever before, current events remind us that we are living in the last days.

    The events of this past week have pointed to Bible prophecies concerning the progressive lifestyles of sin (2 Timothy 3:1–4) and the oblivion of and disregard for God’s judgment (Matthew 24:37–39).

    As we know, Scripture gives us many admonitions for these last days: We are to contend for the faith (Jude 3). To preach the Word (2 Timothy 4:2). To witness to the lost (Matthew 24:14). To be sober–minded (1 Peter 4:7). To watch with prayer (1 Peter 4:8).

    But there is one command that many of us forget. This command is expressly given in relation to the last days. And it is specifically stated to be an issue of vital significance. Tragically, it is often neglected. (more…)


  4. What the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Means to Christians

    June 26, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    By now, you’ve heard of the landmark 5-4 ruling by the United States Supreme Court in favor of same-sex marriage.

    As a Christian pastor, I’m deeply grieved at the Court’s decision to ignore biblical revelation and redefine God’s institution.

    Indeed, marriage is God’s institution, and He has clearly defined it for us.

    From Creation itself, God made marriage a sacred union between a man and a woman:

    Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.—Genesis 2:24

    Jesus quoted from this passage, affirming that marriage between a man and a woman was God’s special institution “at the beginning”:

    And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?—Matthew 19:4–5

    To attempt to expand the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, is actually a redefinition of marriage that undermines the very core of what it is. And an honest assessment of what is taking place indicates that the redefinition will not stop with today’s decision.

    So what does this decision mean for Christians? How should we respond to it? (more…)


  5. 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…)