1. The Challenge of Christmas Curriculum

    October 24, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    A Season to Celebrate

    The last six weeks of every year—from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s—are full of incredible reminders of God’s presence and goodness.

    But these weeks also tend to be incredibly busy and demanding. It’s easy to spend these weeks pulled from one special ministry event or family celebration to the next with no time to breathe in between. For many the season simply passes by in a blur of activity and hurry.

    Add to that the pressure as a teacher or preacher of preparing holiday-themed lessons or messages—multiple years in a row to the same people—and there is another demand on a full calendar season.

    Yet, for Christians, Thanksgiving and Christmas ought to be two of the most celebrated and reflected upon holidays of the year. And the New Year ought to be approached with renewed dedication to the Lord, not frazzled leftovers from a stressed out month.

    It is for these reasons that I recently wrote a brand new adult Sunday school curriculum—A Season to Celebrate: Experience God’s Grace in the Busyness of the Season. I am so excited about releasing this mini-series, and I pray it will be a help and blessing to teachers and students alike. (more…)


  2. Introducing a New Soulwinning Resource

    October 6, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    paid-in-full

    I am so excited to make available a new soulwinning resource from Striving Together Publications—Paid in Full: Your Debt, God’s Payment.

    This small minibook is written directly to an unsaved person. It explains salvation simply and engages with the reader conversationally. In clear, easy-to-understand (but not over-simplified) terms, it lays out our need for a Saviour and presents the freely offered gift of eternal life. The book extends an invitation to the reader to accept Christ, and a concluding chapter briefly covers assurance of salvation and eternal security.

    Over the years, we’ve published similar tools (such as Done and One Thing) and have received strong, positive feedback—from soulwinners and directly from readers. I’m thankful to add another resource to this collection, and, of course, I plan to use this in my personal outreach. (more…)


  3. When Stress Renews

    August 7, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    It doesn’t take long for the ministry to wear us out—to break down our strength and bring us to a point of exhaustion. Physically, emotionally, spiritually—the ministry is draining.

    In my last post, I highlighted the importance of taking periodic time out of the current to renew from the rigors of ministry. But the truth is, God’s process of renewal doesn’t always come through less stress or work. In fact, if the Apostle Paul is an example, renewal often comes, not through relaxation, but through rigor. God sometimes brings stress into our lives for the very purpose of renewing us in His strength.

    In this video, a morning sermon preached during Spiritual Leadership Conference, Dr. John Goetsch brings us to 2 Corinthians 12 to discover God’s four-fold process of rigorous renewal.


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  4. Growth Points 53: Why We Strive

    July 21, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    In the previous Growth Points video, we looked at the servant-hearted, synergistic ministry required to fulfill Philippians 1:27.

    …that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;—Philippians 1:27

    It’s important, however, we remember that we are not “striving together” just to be nice or likable or congenial. We are striving for a purpose—for the faith.

    If you’re in full time pastoral ministry and are focusing your energy and effort in any other cause—however good it may be—you have a misplaced understanding of Scripture! Our calling is to strive “for the faith” which has been delivered to the saints (Jude 3).

    In this Growth Points video, I share three specific aspects of what it means to strive for the faith:


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  5. Building Trust in the Church

    July 10, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    Every godly pastor labors to build a foundation of trust in the local church—between the people and God, the people and their pastor, and the people one with another.

    But what do you do when that trust is challenged? When it is craftily undermined? When poor decisions of judgment are made as a result?

    In this video, a morning sermon preached during Spiritual Leadership Conference, Pastor Doug Fisher lifts a familiar story from the pages of the Old Testament of an unlikely character who exemplifies how to keep the big picture when trust in a relationship has been challenged.

    Doug Fisher has served as the pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in San Diego, California, for thirty years. His transparent approach on the realistic issues of trust in the local church will be a help to you.

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