October 14, 2013 by Paul Chappell
When we began the Love Works outreach a few weeks ago, we weren’t sure what the response would be. After twenty-seven years of our fall outreach being doorknocking alone, it was exciting to see what would happen when we combined doorknocking with serving our community.
In a word, the response was incredible!
I can’t begin to describe what the Lord has done in our church and our community these past two weeks. I’m sure we haven’t yet seen a fraction of the fruit to come, and what we’ve already seen has been amazing.
Yesterday morning we had our Love Works Sunday with a Neighborhood Barbecue following the service. I want to share what God did for us—how His love worked! (more…)
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October 10, 2013 by Paul Chappell
Thirty-five years ago, my parents went to South Korea as missionaries. I was a young teenager at the time, and this was a difficult transition for me. I missed America, and I wasn’t excited about living in Korea.
As time unfolded, however, this move proved to be one of the greatest blessings of my life. In Korea, I surrendered my heart more fully to the Lord, and God confirmed His call on my life to serve in ministry. Additionally, lifelong friendships were forged that continue to this day. God gave me a love for Korean people and a broader perspective of the harvest fields of the world.
It has been a joy for us to train a large number of Korean students at West Coast Baptist College. Last week, three of our finest graduates—Jonah Seo, Jimmy Pak, and Paul Choi—were ordained at Bible Baptist Church in Gardena, California. I was honored and delighted to be invited by Pastor Timothy Choi to preach their ordination service.
All three of these men have the hand of God on their lives and are already seeing fruit in ministry as soulwinners and preachers of the gospel. Jonah Seo is already pastoring, Jimmy Pak serves as an assistant pastor at Bible Baptist, and Paul Choi serves as youth pastor now while preparing to plant a church in Irvine, California, next year. (more…)
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October 2, 2013 by Paul Chappell
Our church is involved this month in a Love Works emphasis. The “works” part of this title highlights two meanings of the word works:
First, works refers to the fact that true love labors. If you love someone, you will demonstrate that love. Thus, since Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves, we are demonstrating that love in practical ways.
Second, works refers to the fact that love is effective in reaching hearts. We can tell our community that we love them, but if we are never willing to invest ourselves into their lives, our “love” will probably not be effective in leading people to Christ.
Love works because it labors, and it works because it is effective. In other words, working love works.
We’re just beginning our third day of the Love Works emphasis, and we are already seeing fruit from it. We’ve seen the Lord use our working love to connect hearts of needy people with His love. Some who have been resistant in the past to the gospel or to the influence of a church have been responsive to an encounter with a loving Christian with compassion for them. (more…)
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September 17, 2013 by Paul Chappell
The fall season has historically been our greatest outreach season in Lancaster. We host Open House Sunday in October, and in a few-weeks’ window of time, we systematically knock on every door in our greater community.
This fall we’re launching a new outreach initiative—Love Works. I’m excited about it and am praying that through this comprehensive outreach the Lord will use our church to touch our community with the gospel like never before.
The underlying premise of this program is the command, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” The best way we can love our neighbors is by sharing the gospel with them. And in some cases, the best way we can gain our neighbor’s ear is by demonstrating love in a tangible way.
Over the next six weeks, our church family will be taking the love of God to our community through group projects and personal expressions of love.
Here are our three objectives: (more…)
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August 31, 2013 by Paul Chappell
Through the years, I’ve preached verse-by-verse through several New Testament books on Sunday evenings. (Currently, I’m preaching through the Gospel of Luke on Sunday mornings.) A few weeks ago, we wrapped up the study of Colossians, and I’m excited this Sunday to begin preaching through Titus.
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The book of Titus is Paul’s letter to Titus, instructing him to set things in order in the church which Titus pastored on the island of Crete. The overarching message of this epistle is indeed a call to order in the church.
A highlight for me in studying this epistle has been the many reinforcements throughout it of the deity of Christ. The very reason we care about order in the church is because the church belongs to Christ! (more…)
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