1. Continuing the Celebration: Living in Light of the Resurrection

    April 21, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    This last weekend at Lancaster Baptist Church was full of joy as we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus. Hundreds of volunteers invested thousands of hours in preparation for the Jesus Saves presentation. The Lord blessed as I preached a gospel message, and many people trusted Christ as their Savior. It was thrilling to be part of, and we look forward to following up with these new Christians this week.

    Today, however, is not Easter. In fact, it is a very ordinary day—full of the usual duties of any other weekday, faced with the added fatigue of a full weekend.

    Yet, Christ is as risen today as He was on Sunday! Should not the resurrection influence today with as much power as it did yesterday?

    What does the resurrection of Christ mean for us on a non-Easter day? How should we live every day of the week?

    In my recent devotions, three truths stood out to me concerning how those who know Christ as their risen Saviour should live—every day of the week. Each of these Old Testament commands are amplified through New Testament promises—promises of which we are assured because we serve a risen Saviour!

    How should we live every day of the week in light of the resurrection of Christ? (more…)


  2. 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…)


  3. 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…)


  4. 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…)


  5. 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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