September 1, 2014 by Paul Chappell
Twenty years ago this very week the doors of West Coast Baptist College swung open to the first group of forty-three students.
Today, WCBC’s doors swing open for the twentieth opening day of a new academic year of training laborers for His harvest.
As I look back over the past twenty years, there have been plenty of burdens that are a direct result of opening WCBC. There have been financial needs, criticism we would not have received if we didn’t have the college, an administrative load, and many extra hours of prayer, planning, and labor.
Has it been worth it? I say yes! This week I jotted down a quick list—in no particular order—of reasons I’m glad we started WCBC: (more…)
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June 10, 2014 by Paul Chappell
It’s hard to believe that we’re just beginning the second day of Spiritual Leadership Conference. Yesterday was full and blessed, and I’m looking forward to another full day today.
Yesterday afternoon, we began the conference with our annual church planter’s luncheon. This time with church planters is always a highlight to me. As men around the room introduced themselves and told the cities where they are planting churches—from the West Coast to the Midwest to the East Coast and a few foreign countries—it was a joy to see that God is still stirring men’s hearts for needy cities around the world.
In yesterday evening’s service, we recognized the church planters again—some which did not arrive in time for the afternoon luncheon. Once again, it was a joy to see so many willing to step out in faith to plant churches. We need more church planters, and I want to do everything I can to encourage those willing to go.
The evening’s theme was “Renewed in Our Soulwinning,” and our media department put together a video with testimonies of those saved recently through the soulwinning ministry of Lancaster Baptist Church. Many of those recently saved and discipled in our church then came on the platform as testimony to the fact that the gospel still works! In every city around the world, there are still people hungry for the truth of the gospel. We need renewed soulwinners who will be faithful witnesses of Christ’s salvation. (more…)
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June 8, 2014 by Paul Chappell
When God led our family to Lancaster twenty-eight years ago, we had no idea of what He was planning to do. All we knew then was that He was leading us and that He gave us a tremendous burden to see souls saved and a strong, gospel-preaching, Baptist church established in the Antelope Valley of Southern California.
Today, our church family celebrates twenty-eight years of God’s faithfulness. He has been faithful to provide for our needs. He has been faithful to bless the preaching of His Word. He has been faithful to convict hearts and use soulwinning to lead people to salvation.
But most of all today, we celebrate God’s faithfulness to renew.
The story of Lancaster Baptist Church is a story of renewal. It’s a story of how God both renews His people from the inside out and how He uses renewed people to do His work. (more…)
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June 7, 2014 by Paul Chappell
Each year, we work to prepare new resources from Striving Together for release at Spiritual Leadership Conference, and I’m very excited about the brand new resources that are releasing this summer.
These books, minibooks, and curriculum (including the first quarter in a brand new children’s series) answer needs many have asked us to publish towards. One of the highlights this year for me is the teen curriculum my sons, Matthew and Larry Chappell, first wrote for the youth groups they lead and are now publishing.
Below is a brief description of each resource with a link for more information and availability to purchase from Striving Together. We’re praying that the Lord will use each of these to encourage spiritual growth and equip saints for the work of the ministry. (more…)
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May 31, 2014 by Paul Chappell
We sometimes think of renewal as a shot in the arm we need in the last stages of our race—when we’re weary, worn, and battle-scared. Biblically, however, renewal is something we need every day and at every stage of the journey. (“The inward man is renewed day by day,” 2 Corinthians 4:16.)
This is one of the reasons we host an annual Church Planters Luncheon* on the Monday afternoon of Spiritual Leadership Conference. Each year, this free luncheon is designed to encourage and equip church planters and their spouses at the starting line. Of course, not all of the church planters who attend are new to ministry—some are veteran church planters beginning a second, third, or eighth church plant. In any case, we pray that this luncheon will be a refreshing time of spiritual renewal and fellowship.
At the luncheon, we ask an experienced church planter (this year my brother, Pastor Stephen Chappell) to share a challenge. This year, we are also including a question and answer panel with experienced church planters. (more…)
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