1. 3 Dynamics of Growth in Grace

    January 18, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    Do you need grace today?

    Do you desire to grow in grace this year?

    I suppose these are questions with self-evident answers. We know we need God’s grace, and we know Scripture commands us to grow in grace.

    But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.—2 Peter 3:18

    This is what we desire for our lives as well as for the lives of those to whom we minister.

    But how? How do we grow in grace? And what does growth in grace look like on a practical level? (more…)


  2. Growth Points 74: Three Attributes of a Great Year

    January 12, 2017 by Paul Chappell

    When I think about a great ministry or a great minister, I think of John the Baptist. Jesus Himself called John and his ministry great: “For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist…” (Luke 7:28).

    John wasn’t as concerned with being relevant to his culture as he was with being in touch with God. It was his heart for God and the way he uncompromisingly shared God’s message that set him apart.

    In this growth points video, I share three characteristics from John the Baptist’s life of what brings greatness—in an individual life, a church, or a ministry.


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  3. Where Grace Abounds

    January 9, 2017 by Paul Chappell

    Each year at Lancaster Baptist Church, we introduce a new theme for the year to our church family on Vision Sunday. Primarily we do this through the Sunday messages in which the theme is shared from a biblical text and then, in Sunday evening’s message, developed into ministry goals for the coming year.

    But one of the most memorable ways we introduce the theme is through teaching our church family a new chorus (typically written by our music team) based on the theme.

    Our theme for 2017 is “By Grace,” and below is a video from our 2017 Vision Sunday as the ensemble sings the new chorus “Where Grace Abounds.” (Click here for the sheet music.) I’d like to invite you to learn this song and come sing it with us at Spiritual Leadership Conference this year—June 11–14, 2017.


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  4. 3 Life Stewardship Principles for the New Year

    January 5, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    I love the New Year for the fresh start it gives us on setting goals and making life adjustments.

    But in all our preparing and planning, it’s good to remember that our lives belong to God, and we are simply stewards—managers—of what He has entrusted to us.

    How do New Year’s goals look different when you remember this? (more…)


  5. How to Align Your External World with Your Internal Commitments

    December 31, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    At the start of a new year, we make goals, resolutions, or commitments. And we sincerely want to transform them into reality over the coming months.

    Very often, however, there is a disconnect between the internal commitments we’ve made and our everyday living. This can be the case for every kind of goal—from spiritual goals to physical goals. We may have positive thoughts, but we keep ending up with negative results. Why?

    Reaching a goal requires more than good intentions. We have to make changes in our lives that align what we do with what we plan. In other words, we must align our external world with our internal commitments. How? (more…)