March 20, 2017 by Paul Chappell
As we approach Resurrection Sunday, our church is praying and working to impact our community with the largest gospel outreach in our history. Many of our friends around the country are similarly using Easter Sunday as an opportunity to magnify the message of the gospel.
Over the years, we have developed printed resources for soulwinning, outreach, and discipleship to use here at Lancaster Baptist Church. As the Lord has blessed these in our efforts, we’ve made them available to other churches through Striving Together Publications.
As we all approach a season with extra emphasis on outreach—personal soulwinning as well as training new soulwinners—and then, prayerfully, with new Christians needing to be discipled, I thought this would be a helpful time to share these resources: (more…)
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March 6, 2017 by Paul Chappell
Words cannot express how thankful I am that the Lord brought Dr. Don Sisk into my life over twenty-five years ago.
I will never forget the day I met him at a pastor’s fellowship in Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting turned out to be non-edifying and issue-orientated, and before it was over, I found myself seated on the back row in a session, wondering why I had even come.
Minutes later, a white-haired man with a big smile sat down next to me and introduced himself as Don Sisk. Learning I was a pastor, he gave me his recent book, Joyful Giving.
Dr. Sisk and I look back on that meeting and chuckle. During the meeting, we both (separately) wondered why we had come. Today, both of us realize that God led us there for the very simple reason of meeting each other.
Over the years, Dr. Sisk has become one of my dearest friends and most-trusted mentors. He loves the Lord, loves God’s people, and loves the lost like no other man I know. (more…)
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March 4, 2017 by Paul Chappell
One of the greatest joys of my life is training young men and women in the ministry through West Coast Baptist College. It is a privilege to make a joint investment in what parents, home pastors, teachers, and others have already poured into our students’ lives.
It seems that wherever I travel to preach (including foreign mission fields), I am either preaching for or meeting with WCBC alumni who are faithfully serving the Lord in that area. I so appreciate the labor of our graduates and the spirit with which they serve.
In just a few short weeks, the graduating class of 2017 will also be scattered around the world spreading the gospel of Christ. In a senior chapel service this past Wednesday, I shared with our seniors what we pray to see in their lives as they graduate. (You can watch a video clip here.) Although not every graduate of any college follows in the tradition they have been taught, I thank the Lord for these commitments I see in the lives of our alumni and their ministries: (more…)
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February 20, 2017 by Paul Chappell
The greatest ministry responsibility of a pastor’s life is noted in Acts 6: “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4).
Yet, the time spent in prayer and study for messages is probably a pastor’s greatest challenge as well. There are just so many pastoral responsibilities that arise during a given week that time for sermon preparation must be guarded…and maximized.
Below are five tips that I hope will be a help to you in making your study time more productive for your congregation. (more…)
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February 15, 2017 by Paul Chappell
My generation tends to think of a strong spiritual leader as someone who is authoritative and able to administrate from a position of command. Indeed, we see leaders like this throughout the Bible—Joshua, Nehemiah, perhaps Paul.
Millennials, however, have a greater tendency to see a strong spiritual leader as someone who is relationally connected and able to persuade from a position of understanding.
Sometimes, for all the chatter about generational preferences, we forget that the Bible not only has examples of both kinds of leaders, but it also teaches all of us to develop in both areas.
Perhaps no area of a spiritual leader’s life demonstrates his Christlikeness or fleshliness like his relationships. (more…)
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