1. The Nuts and Bolts of a Prospect List

    March 7, 2014 by Paul Chappell

     

    I am finishing edits on my new book Out of Commission. Not only does this book deal with why Christians and local churches today are neglecting soulwinning, but it gives instruction on how to get back to making Christ’s last command our first priority. My goal is that this book be both motivational and practical.

    Below is an excerpt from the book describing how to use one of the most vital tools of a soulwinner—a prospect list.

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    Our job as soulwinners is to sow the gospel seed—faithfully and regularly. Psalm 126:6 promises, “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

    But not everyone is saved the first time the seed is sown in his heart. In 1 Corinthians 3:6, the Apostle Paul wrote, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” Jesus told his disciples in John 4:34, “I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.”

    The soil of many hearts requires cultivating to produce a harvest. If, when we encounter hearts that need to be cultivated, we simply race on to sow the gospel in more places, we’ll neglect relationships God would use to produce spiritual fruit.

    Fruitful soulwinners cultivate relationships. And every consistently fruitful soulwinner whom I have known has consistently used some form of a prospect list as a tool to cultivate these relationships. (more…)


  2. The Best Marriage Book I’ve Read This Year

    February 14, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    When Terrie and I got married thirty-three years ago, one of the commitments we made was to keep growing as husband and wife. Every year, I read at least one book on marriage (usually more), and Terrie does the same. Often we read the same book and then discuss it together.

    The most recent book I read, however, was just for me—The Exemplary Husband by Stuart Scott. Without a doubt, it is one of the best books I’ve ever read on marriage.

    The topics covered in this book get right to the heart issues of marriage (although the first three chapters are pretty basic and a little slow). The author uses much Scripture throughout the book, and he provides lists with practical, bullet point applications—just what we men need.

    For instance, here are his main thoughts with bulleted lists on “Ways a Husband Can Treat His Wife as His Companion”: (more…)


  3. My Favorite Blog of All Time

    February 5, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    TerrieChappell.com

    I’m thrilled to announce that my wife, Terrie, has launched a personal blog!

    For over thirty years, Terrie has invested in ladies through personal, local church ministry. Her blog—the overflow of these years of ministry—is sure to be a blessing, help, and encouragement.

    Terrie is a student of the Word of God and the godliest Christian I know. Her scriptural insights and spiritual walk are a challenge and encouragement to me…and I know they will be to you as well.

    So, head over to TerrieChappell.com for some practical, spiritual encouragement including ladies’ ministry resources, recommended reading, and her very first blog posts.


  4. 7 Disciplines of Highly Renewed Life Stewards

    January 30, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    Life-Stewardship

    The first week of January holds a great success rate for new goals. The last week of January? Not so much.

    Setting goals and wisely stewarding our time and priorities is vital. But we all too easily lose our first-of-the-year focus and revert to old patterns. To stay on track, we need to develop disciplines that become habits.

    Last summer, as I asked my dear friend and the executive vice president of West Coast Baptist College, Dr. John Goetsch, for thoughts on renewal in life stewardship. The truths he shared were so powerful that I included them in my recently-published Stewarding Life Planner.

    These seven daily disciplines are the vital practices of Christians who wisely steward their lives and experience God’s continuing renewal: (more…)


  5. Renew: Fresh Strength for Needy Christians

    January 1, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    Ever started the day empty?

    Depleted?

    Dry?

    Welcome to the club.

    Anyone who has served the Lord for any length of time has experienced spiritual fatigue or exhaustion. After all, we’re only human. That’s why God doesn’t ask us to serve Him in our own strength.

    In fact, He promises to renew our strength as we wait on Him. (more…)