1. A Word about An Evangelist

    October 12, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    I am thankful for godly evangelists who labor for souls and for revival.

    The Bible mentions evangelism three different times:

    And the next day we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.—Acts 21:8

    And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;—Ephesians 4:11

    But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.—2 Timothy 4:5

    A man with the calling of evangelist whom I highly respect is Dr. John Goetsch. In my first year as a pastor, the Lord led me to call Dr. Goetsch to preach for our winter revival. That was one of the best decisions I ever made. The Lord has blessed our friendship over the years, and when we started West Coast Baptist College, Dr. Goetsch came to help in the work.

    Dr. Goetsch has the calling of evangelist, and he also serves as the executive vice president of West Coast Baptist College. I have the calling of pastor, and I also serve as the president of WCBC. We enjoy working together in the ministry.

    The following reasons have compelled me to ask Dr. Goetsch to preach for our winter revival at Lancaster Baptist Church for twenty-eight consecutive years: (more…)

  2. A Call to Order

    August 31, 2013 by Paul Chappell

    Through the years, I’ve preached verse-by-verse through several New Testament books on Sunday evenings. (Currently, I’m preaching through the Gospel of Luke on Sunday mornings.) A few weeks ago, we wrapped up the study of Colossians, and I’m excited this Sunday to begin preaching through Titus.

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    The book of Titus is Paul’s letter to Titus, instructing him to set things in order in the church which Titus pastored on the island of Crete. The overarching message of this epistle is indeed a call to order in the church.

    A highlight for me in studying this epistle has been the many reinforcements throughout it of the deity of Christ. The very reason we care about order in the church is because the church belongs to Christ! (more…)

  3. Journey with Jesus

    November 1, 2012 by Paul Chappell

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    The longer I walk with the Lord, the more convinced I am that knowing and loving Jesus Christ is really what the Christian life is all about.

    As a pastor, more than I want my church family to experience any outward change in their lives, I want them to fall in love with Jesus and walk with Him in fully-committed, heart-deep discipleship. Over and over, I’ve seen that those who love Jesus purely do experience radical change—both heart change and life change.

    This Sunday morning, I’m beginning a new preaching series and a new endeavor—preaching verse-by-verse through the gospel of Luke. I can’t say how much I’m looking forward to this study with our church family! For many years, I’ve preached verse-by-verse through specific books of the Bible on Sunday evenings, but this is my first Sunday morning series to structure this way.

    Luke is the longest and most detailed of the four gospels. With 1,151 verses describing Christ’s life and ministry, it includes 41 passages not recorded in the other gospels. Because Luke provides a comprehensive and mostly chronological look at Christ’s life, I believe this study will help our church deepen our love for Jesus. (more…)

  4. Stewarding Life

    October 14, 2011 by Paul Chappell

    Walk into any bookstore, and you will find dozens—maybe even hundreds—of books on life management. (I have many in my own library.) There are books on organizing, scheduling, budgeting, prioritizing, administrating, goal-setting, people-managing…obviously, life management is a popular and necessary skill.

    Even a surface skim through these books will reveal a common sub-theme. Authors attempt to teach you how to be successful by living out your dreams. They encourage you to dream big and then use management skills to become the best you that you can be—to reach your full potential of leadership and growth.

    Stewarding Life is a different concept. Rather than focusing on self-fulfillment and personal legacy, we start by recognizing that life is a gift from God, and He has entrusted it to us to steward for Him. (more…)

  5. Podcast: Developing a Cohesive Team

    August 24, 2010 by Paul Chappell

    Since our first days in Lancaster, it has been my passion to develop a cohesive team at Lancaster Baptist Church and ministries. I praise the Lord that on our staff and among our church family there is a unified team spirit—a shared heart to exalt Christ and win the lost. I attribute the great team spirit in our ministry to the work of the Holy Spirit and the yieldedness of individual team members.

    There was never a more cohesive and victorious time in the early history of the church than at Jerusalem around the time of Pentecost. An obvious reason for this was the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Yet there was another factor—the common convictions these Christians shared about the truth.

    In the August edition of the Spiritual Leadership Podcast, we explore the convictions necessary to developing a cohesive team.

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    Strong teams have an alignment of four leadership domains—the heart, head, hands, and habits. Each member must have a heart for God, the mind of Christ, a willingness to lend a helping hand, and a shared habit of soulwinning. These four areas are properly aligned when members of the team share the very convictions common to the early Christians in Jerusalem. (more…)