1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Growth Points 64: Are We Making Disciples or Developing Superficial Converts?

    June 24, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Jesus told us in John 15:16 that He has ordained us—set us apart for a purpose—to bring forth fruit that remains.

    As pastors and Christian leaders, it’s fair that we occasionally ask ourselves, “Are we making disciples here? Or are we simply developing superficial converts?”

    It’s a hard question. But I believe it’s important. The reality is that sometimes we can get people to go through motions without leading them to go deeper in their personal walk with God. Over time, people without a growing walk with the Lord will not remain faithful.

    In this Growth Points video, we talk about the process of how new Christians are grounded the Word of God through points of discipleship in local church ministry:

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    Note: The Continue discipleship resource mentioned in this video is available from Striving Together Publications.

  5. Growth Points 63: Nine Characteristics to Look for in Emerging Leaders

    March 9, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Today’s young people will be tomorrow’s leaders. So how do we develop them for local church ministry, and what qualities do we watch for? Furthermore, what traits do we look for in adults who will be serving in a leadership role in the local church?

    In this Growth Points video, I suggest nine characteristics that should be developing in those whom God is developing for local church leadership. These nine characteristics are traits to both watch for and to mentor toward:

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