1. What Confirmation Looks Like in a Baptist Church

    April 11, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    If anyone had a valid excuse to drop the ball on “follow up” after an evangelistic event, it was the Apostle Paul.

    Between an itinerant lifestyle and the ongoing pain he must have lived with, Paul had every reason to simply focus on the city he was in, preach the gospel, and move on to the next, leaving the “decision cards” behind him.

    But Paul didn’t do that. He couldn’t do that. For Paul had a passion to see people saved and growing in the Lord.

    And so, hours after he was stoned at Lystra, he got up and, with broken body, went on to Derbe to preach the gospel. From Derbe, he couldn’t forget those who had just been saved in Lystra. So he returned to the very city where he had just been persecuted to follow up on these new converts—to confirm them in the faith. From Lystra, he backtracked again to Iconium, and from Iconium to Antioch.

    And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.—Acts 14:21–22

    Everybody needs to be confirmed. They need someone to care enough to give them spiritual encouragement, support, instruction, and grounding. (more…)


  2. 3 Biblical Purposes for a Church Soulwinning Program

    March 30, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    I believe that as an ambassador of Christ I should be ready to seize every opportunity to share the gospel everywhere I go.

    But I also believe in setting aside scheduled time to do it—for myself and for our church family.

    Some people suggest that a church soulwinning program is an “extra” as long as people are ready to witness to their friends, neighbors, and coworkers. I believe both are necessary if we believe in taking the Great Commission literally.

    Because reaching a community with the gospel is such a clear purpose for the local church, I believe it should be approached with both passion and organization.

    Passion without organization will result in half-completed efforts. Organization without passion will result in little fruit.

    So what is the purpose for establishing an organized soulwinning program in a local church? I see three biblical purposes: (more…)


  3. 4 Ways Spiritual Leaders Build God’s People

    March 13, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    You’ve heard it said: “Use the church to build people, not people to build the church.”

    Of course, building people and building a church are not mutually exclusive. Both require partnering with Christ, the Master Builder, as He builds His church and His people.

    In fact, it is as we build people that they develop the spiritual maturity to also serve as co-laborers with Christ, building His church. Developing this maturity is the job of spiritual leaders in the local church:

    And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:—Ephesians 4:11–12

    But how? How specifically can we intentionally invest in people? In what ways do we need to build? (more…)


  4. 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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  5. 5 Building Supplies for a Soulwinning Church

    February 6, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    We’re in the midst of constructing the largest building to date on our campus. Every foot of construction progress represents multiplied hours of preparation and planning.

    Buildings don’t just happen. And neither do churches. As spiritual leaders, undershepherds of Christ’s churches, it is our responsibility to labor with purpose and intention.

    One of the greatest indicators of the health of a church is its heart for souls and diligence in outreach. Christians who love the Lord and are grateful for their salvation want to share the gospel message with others!

    So if we want to labor with Christ to build a soulwinning church, what are the supplies necessary? (more…)