1. Growth Points 71: Characteristics of an Effective Servant of God

    May 31, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    I don’t know about you, but I’m always asking the Lord to help me be more effective in the ministry. It seems that with every passing year, the challenges we face are greater, the time constraints more pressing, and the needs around us enlarged. Through God’s grace, I want to be the most effective servant possible in the midst of these challenges.

    In this growth points video, I share five characteristics that I am always seeking to develop in my own life and that I look for in the lives of those laboring here in our ministry as well.


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  2. Growth Points 70: How to Use Adult Bible Classes to Assimilate People into the Local Church

    May 9, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    One of the key functions of adult Bible classes and teen Sunday school in our Baptist churches is helping to assimilate people into the body life of the local church.

    In this growth points video, I share five ways to best assimilate and build people through these classes:


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  3. Growth Points 69: The In Between Week

    December 21, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    The intricacies of God’s timing in how and when Christ came to earth remind us that God does have a sovereign timetable and that it’s not always according to our timetable.

    And yet, the passing of a year and beginning of a new year right after Christmas is a reminder to us that we want to do our best to align ourselves with the purposes of God and invest our best energy in fulfilling His will for us in the new year.

    In this Growth Points video, I share a few thoughts on how you can use the week between Christmas and New Year’s to seek and prepare yourself to do God’s will.


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  4. Growth Points 68: Enemies of Steadfastness

    November 9, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    In our society today, everything is constantly shifting. We see the mobility in all areas—families in and out of churches, pastors in and out of pulpits, leaders changing their positions.

    I think of the Apostle Paul’s statement in Acts 20:24, “But none of these things move me….” How did Paul remain steadfast amidst the pressures of life and ministry?

    In this Growth Points video, I’d like to share with you three common enemies of steadfastness and how Christian leaders can remain unmovable in the work of the Lord:


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  5. Growth Points 67: How to Rebuild Your Joy

    September 23, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    If your experience is like mine, you’ve discovered that Satan does everything he can to rob you of your joy in the ministry.

    But it’s not just ministry. In every area of life, we face ongoing pressure and the potential for a loss of joy. We have to be wise to sense when that discouragement is developing so we can rebuild and maintain the joy of the Lord.

    In this short growth points video, I share six ways the Lord has taught me to maintain or rebuild joy:


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