1. What Confirmation Looks Like in a Baptist Church

    April 11, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    If anyone had a valid excuse to drop the ball on “follow up” after an evangelistic event, it was the Apostle Paul.

    Between an itinerant lifestyle and the ongoing pain he must have lived with, Paul had every reason to simply focus on the city he was in, preach the gospel, and move on to the next, leaving the “decision cards” behind him.

    But Paul didn’t do that. He couldn’t do that. For Paul had a passion to see people saved and growing in the Lord.

    And so, hours after he was stoned at Lystra, he got up and, with broken body, went on to Derbe to preach the gospel. From Derbe, he couldn’t forget those who had just been saved in Lystra. So he returned to the very city where he had just been persecuted to follow up on these new converts—to confirm them in the faith. From Lystra, he backtracked again to Iconium, and from Iconium to Antioch.

    And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.—Acts 14:21–22

    Everybody needs to be confirmed. They need someone to care enough to give them spiritual encouragement, support, instruction, and grounding. (more…)


  2. How a Christian Should Celebrate Easter

    April 3, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    If there is anyone in the world who has reason to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, it is a born again Christian.

    Although we actually commemorate the Resurrection as we worship as a local church body every Sunday, I appreciate a day—and a week preceding—to give this crowning truth of the Christian life extra emphasis.

    So how should we celebrate?

    1. Meditate on Christ’s sufferings.

    Before Christ rose from the dead, He allowed Himself to experience brutal injustice, horrific pain, and indescribable sorrow. And He did it all for our salvation.

    Meditate on the love of God expressed in this suffering. Read Isaiah 53, Matthew 26–27, Mark 14–15, Luke 22–23, and/or John 13–15.

    There is no way to properly celebrate the joys of the Resurrection without attaching them to the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf. (more…)


  3. 3 Biblical Purposes for a Church Soulwinning Program

    March 30, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    I believe that as an ambassador of Christ I should be ready to seize every opportunity to share the gospel everywhere I go.

    But I also believe in setting aside scheduled time to do it—for myself and for our church family.

    Some people suggest that a church soulwinning program is an “extra” as long as people are ready to witness to their friends, neighbors, and coworkers. I believe both are necessary if we believe in taking the Great Commission literally.

    Because reaching a community with the gospel is such a clear purpose for the local church, I believe it should be approached with both passion and organization.

    Passion without organization will result in half-completed efforts. Organization without passion will result in little fruit.

    So what is the purpose for establishing an organized soulwinning program in a local church? I see three biblical purposes: (more…)


  4. 5 Building Supplies for a Soulwinning Church

    February 6, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    We’re in the midst of constructing the largest building to date on our campus. Every foot of construction progress represents multiplied hours of preparation and planning.

    Buildings don’t just happen. And neither do churches. As spiritual leaders, undershepherds of Christ’s churches, it is our responsibility to labor with purpose and intention.

    One of the greatest indicators of the health of a church is its heart for souls and diligence in outreach. Christians who love the Lord and are grateful for their salvation want to share the gospel message with others!

    So if we want to labor with Christ to build a soulwinning church, what are the supplies necessary? (more…)


  5. John R. Rice, Christmas, and a Burden for Souls

    December 20, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    Do you yearn for a greater burden for the lost at Christmas time?

    Do the words burden and Christmas not sound right in the same sentence?

    The paragraph below is an excerpt from Dr. John R. Rice’s final Christmas letter, dictated just days before his death. I think it speaks for itself. May it speak into our hearts as well: (more…)