1. 7 Ways to Engage a Church in Regular Outreach

    April 1, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    soulwinning meeting

    Special days, such as Easter Sunday, are a great time for extensive soulwinning in your community.

    But sharing the gospel is not just a once-or-twice-a-year responsibility for the local church. It is to be our great priority. It is the mission with which Christ left us.

    Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.—Matthew 28:19–20

    If your church is going to be consistently focused in soulwinning, thorough in saturating your community with the gospel, and diligent in follow up, you will need a soulwinning director—someone to coordinate the soulwinning efforts of the church family.

    This may be a paid staff member or a layperson. It may even be, as it was for our church in the early years, the pastor.

    How can a soulwinning director effectively engage the church family in outreach? Below are seven practices: (more…)


  2. 5 Qualities of One Who Celebrates Christmas Well

    December 19, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    christmas-candles

    For many of us, how we celebrate Christmas is fixed into our calendar—family traditions, group celebrations of all sorts, special church services, and scheduled times of Christmas outreach.

    But there is another level to how we celebrate Christmas, and it has as much to do with our spirit as it does with our activities—although to a certain extent the one influences the other.

    Tucked into three short verses of Luke 2, we catch a glimpse of someone who celebrated that first Christmas very well—Anna.

    We don’t often think about Anna as part of the Christmas story. She’s not included in the typical children’s Christmas play. But she played a significant role in recognizing the deity of Christ and telling others of His arrival.

    Notice these five qualities of her life from Luke 2:36–38: (more…)


  3. 3 People Who Can Use Christmas as a Gospel Launch

    November 28, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Christmas-bell

    Perhaps you, like me, have noticed that many people are more willing to come to church at Christmastime than at any other time. Sometimes it’s because they will come to see a friend or family member acting or singing in a Christmas program. Sometimes it’s because if they feel they should at least go to church for Christmas. Sometimes it’s because their heart is more tender to Christ in this season when we celebrate His birth.

    Whatever the reason, I’m thankful they come and have the opportunity to hear the gospel. And I see three takeaways from this observation: (more…)


  4. Statements that Challenge You

    October 26, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Barcelona

    A well-turned phrase can condense profound truth into a memorable statement. For this reason, I like quotes in general.

    Some of my favorite quotes, however, are statements from missionaries of yester-year who are still remembered for their dedication and surrender to the Lord. In fact, it is their testimony that makes their quotes so weighty. They didn’t just talk about surrender, sacrifice, and eternal investments; they lived it.

    Below are fifteen of my favorite missionary quotes. They are convicting, helpful, and encouraging to me. I hope they are to you as well. (And if you’ve never read the biographies of these missionaries, I’d encourage you to do so.) (more…)


  5. How to Have a Personal Harvest of Souls

    October 16, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    harvest

    One of the great blessings of being part of a local church that is reaching people with the gospel is the combined efforts that result in fruit. One plants, one waters, and God gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6). It is, of course, a joy to be part of any of those stages, knowing that all make a difference.

    And yet, there is a correlating danger to this blessing—that we would get caught up in being part of a group that is seeing fruit, without investing personal effort or caring to see personal fruit.

    It’s exciting to be part of what others are doing, but I believe God is pleased when we pray with old time preacher and missionary, John Hyde, “God, give me souls, else I die!” It glorifies God when we bear fruit that remains (John 15:8, 16). (more…)