1. Because Jesus Saves…

    April 19, 2014 by Paul Chappell


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    Every person you talk to today is a person for whom Christ died…and rose…and offers salvation.

    And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.—1 John 2:2

    And He has given you and me the incredible privilege—and responsibility—to share the gospel with them.

    Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.—2 Corinthians 5:20

    Jesus saves! And because He does, we want to tell everyone the good news.

    There’s no better time than Easter to share the gospel with your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. Many people who don’t ordinarily go to church will even be willing to go with you on Easter Sunday.

    Over the past ten days, our church family has delivered tens of thousands of invitations for Easter at Lancaster Baptist Church to homes in our community.

    Our church choir and media team have been working for weeks on an original Easter production simply titled “Jesus Saves.” We will present this in three services this weekend, and during each service, I will preach a gospel message on the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. (more…)


  2. 7 Reasons You Need to Register Today for Renew Spiritual Leadership Conference

    April 10, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    The 2014 Spiritual Leadership Conference is fast approaching—it’s now less than nine weeks away.

    If you have not yet registered for the conference, I would encourage you to do so today. Here are seven reasons I believe you need to register—the first two of which are why you need to register today:

    7. Free book

    When you register before April 15, you receive a gift copy of my newest book, Out of Commission. This book (which is actually at press now) deals with how we often struggle in our soulwinning, and it provides practical teaching on how to return to our Lord’s Great Commission. Register today, and get your copy free! (more…)


  3. 10 Gifts Your Teens Need

    April 4, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    We’ve been privileged this week to host hundreds of teenagers for the West Coast Baptist Youth Conference. It has been a joy to see their responsiveness to the teaching and preaching of God’s Word.

    Teenagers are a delightful challenge—even to themselves! The teenage years can be full of fun and yet puzzling and frustrating all at the same time. There’s so much growth, change, and transition taking place in this move from childhood to adulthood.

    Sometimes it’s a challenge to parents to know how to respond and what hat to wear at any given moment. Parenting or leading teens is weighty business. These young lives are sensitive and moldable, but they are also easily frustrated and sometimes reactionary.

    Below are ten helps your teenager needs you to give during these teen years. I write primarily to parents here, but this list is applicable to pastors, youth pastors, teachers, and coaches as well.

    These helps will make a difference in a teenager’s life. (more…)


  4. Growth Points 49: Five Steps toward Great Victory in Ministry

    April 1, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    Leading in ministry in any way—whether it be teaching a Sunday school class, leading a bus route, serving in missions, or pastoring—has many challenges, There are always ups and downs along the journey.

    But through it all—excitement, trials, or testing—God can give great spiritual victories. In fact, He did this for our church this Sunday as our church family gave with hearts of faith in a great way towards a new building on our campus.

    In this Growth Points video—recorded the day before our special offering—I share five steps that contribute toward great victories in ministry:


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  5. Why I Preach about Finances

    March 27, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    As a new pastor, I had one very good reason to preach about finances—the church had no money!

    But I had an even more compelling reason not to preach about finances: I didn’t want to offend our few members!

    Pastors probably know the jokes and one-liners about preachers who only preach about money and churches who are always wanting more money better than anybody. No pastor in his right mind is eager to stir the discomfort of the church family and risk hard feelings.

    So, in my early years of ministry, I was hesitant to preach about tithing and giving. I preached passionately about seeking the Lord, being filled with the Spirit, growing in the Christian life, witnessing for Christ…but I hated to preach about giving.

    I’m long past that fear.

    Now, I consider it a sin of omission to not preach about giving. (more…)