1. There’s No Place Like Home!

    September 18, 2010 by Paul Chappell

    It’s great to be back home and with our Lancaster Baptist Church family! It was a blessing this morning to attend our soulwinning faithfulness rally, and I can hardly wait for tomorrow’s services. I look forward to preaching and to being with the greatest people in the world.

    Terrie and I enjoyed our time together these past weeks to reflect on thirty years of marriage. I’m so thankful for the godly wife the Lord has given me. Her love for the Lord and for me has a greater impact on the ministry here than anyone—including Terrie—will ever know.

    It was great as well to spend time with Larry and Ashley and Ashley’s parents. We’re thankful for the healing the Lord has given Larry these past several months. Seeing him feeling well and able to enjoy this trip was an answer to many prayers by friends all around the world. Please continue to keep him in your prayers as he has his monthly checkups.

    On our trip, we followed the missionary journeys of Paul through part of the Mediterranean region. We learned so much and were greatly challenged to realize what God accomplished through Paul’s faithful preaching and witness in pagan cultures. As our own culture continues to morally deteriorate, I’m encouraged to remember what God can do by His Spirit through yielded soulwinners. I truly believe that we live in a day of unsurpassed ministry opportunities, and I believe the greatest days of ministry are yet ahead!

  2. Greeting from Corinth

    September 15, 2010 by Paul Chappell

    The heathen temples in ancient Corinth were renown throughout the region for their wicked idolatrous worship and activity. It was in this city, however, that Paul spent a year and a half planting a New Testament church. Acts 18:8 records the fruit of Paul’s labor: “And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.”

    Even in a pagan city, a great church was formed with a simple biblical formula—the Word of God was preached, people heard, they believed, and then they identified with the Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes we bemoan the fact that America is becoming more pagan—we see it everywhere. Yet, if God could build a church in the city of Corinth, He can build a church anywhere by the power of His Gospel.

  3. Greeting from Bema Seat in Corinth

    by Paul Chappell

    Paul keenly felt his responsibility to remind Christians that they would one day stand before the Lord. In 2 Corinthians 5:10 he wrote, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

    Just as a competitor in an athletic competition stood before the ancient bema seat to receive his reward, it is a blessing to know that we will one day stand before our Lord and be rewarded for faithful service to Christ. May we live each day with that thought in mind!

  4. Greeting from Ephesus

    September 13, 2010 by Paul Chappell

    When Paul stood in the theater at Ephesus, he preached to a crowd who was steeped in the worship of the false goddess Diana. Yet, Paul’s ministry in that city was not in vain. Acts 19:17–18 records, “And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.” Many believed, and their lives were completely changed—turned from idolatry to the Lord Jesus Christ.

    It is my prayer that through the ministries of Lancaster Baptist Church, the missionaries we support around the world, and other churches faithfully preaching the Gospel, thousands of people will turn from false religion and trust Christ as Saviour. May the Gospel continue to go forward in this needy day!

    The video above is a greeting from Ephesus that we sent to be shown to our church family in yesterday’s evening service.

  5. Greeting from Mars Hill, Athens

    September 12, 2010 by Paul Chappell

    It’s been a joy for Terrie and I to get to spend some time together and with Larry and Ashley and Ashley’s family these past days. Not only has it been an opportunity to pull apart for fellowship and reflection after Matthew’s wedding, but we’ve been learning about God’s work around the world and studying the history of our Christian faith.

    We sent a video greeting (above) to our Lancaster Baptist Church family from the city of Athens. It was in this city that Paul’s heart was stirred when he saw the “city wholly given to idolatry” (Acts 17:16). He stood on Mars’ hill and urged the Athenians to turn from idolatry to Christ. Although Paul’s message was, for the most part, rejected by the philosophers of his day, Paul himself did not compromise or conform to the pagan culture. Because of his faithfulness to preach the Gospel, churches were established throughout the known world.

    I believe that if we will likewise faithfully spread the seed of the Gospel, even when it is rejected, a harvest will come. I’m thankful for churches all around the world that are proclaiming the truth of the resurrected Christ.