November 15, 2013 by Paul Chappell
Spiritual leadership is no walk in the park. It was never intended to be. It is a battle.
When Paul wrote to Timothy to instruct him in church leadership, he admonished:
Fight the good fight of faith…—1 Timothy 6:12
We are in a war, and you and I are the soldiers.
I’ve noticed, however, that among our ranks there are five distinct mentalities that we carry into battle: (more…)
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October 14, 2013 by Paul Chappell
When we began the Love Works outreach a few weeks ago, we weren’t sure what the response would be. After twenty-seven years of our fall outreach being doorknocking alone, it was exciting to see what would happen when we combined doorknocking with serving our community.
In a word, the response was incredible!
I can’t begin to describe what the Lord has done in our church and our community these past two weeks. I’m sure we haven’t yet seen a fraction of the fruit to come, and what we’ve already seen has been amazing.
Yesterday morning we had our Love Works Sunday with a Neighborhood Barbecue following the service. I want to share what God did for us—how His love worked! (more…)
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October 5, 2013 by Paul Chappell
The iconic focal point of the partial government shutdown on Tuesday has become the World War II Memorial in Washington. As you are probably aware, the National Park Service was instructed to erect barricades and keep armed guards around the memorial’s perimeter.
Groups of WWII veterans, however, were not impressed with the barricades. These heroes of the greatest generation insisted on access, sweeping past the barricades two days in a row.
Politics and budget issues aside, what got me on reading the news stories was the statement made by the National Park Service concerning why the veterans were allowed to push past the barricades: “The Honor Flights are being granted access to the WWII memorial to conduct First Amendment activities in accordance with National Park Service regulations applicable to the National Mall and Memorial Parks.”
Did you catch that? First Amendment rights. (more…)
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October 2, 2013 by Paul Chappell
Our church is involved this month in a Love Works emphasis. The “works” part of this title highlights two meanings of the word works:
First, works refers to the fact that true love labors. If you love someone, you will demonstrate that love. Thus, since Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves, we are demonstrating that love in practical ways.
Second, works refers to the fact that love is effective in reaching hearts. We can tell our community that we love them, but if we are never willing to invest ourselves into their lives, our “love” will probably not be effective in leading people to Christ.
Love works because it labors, and it works because it is effective. In other words, working love works.
We’re just beginning our third day of the Love Works emphasis, and we are already seeing fruit from it. We’ve seen the Lord use our working love to connect hearts of needy people with His love. Some who have been resistant in the past to the gospel or to the influence of a church have been responsive to an encounter with a loving Christian with compassion for them. (more…)
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September 30, 2013 by Paul Chappell
Do you see any disconnect between the incredible news of the gospel and the effectiveness of biblical Baptist churches in reaching our communities with it?
Jesus commanded us, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19). And He clearly said, “As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21).
Yet, Christ’s mandate must be one of the most disobeyed commands in all of Scripture. The vast majority of Baptist churches are seeing little fruit and few baptisms.
Why? Why don’t we evangelize?
In this Growth Points video, I’d like to share with you five specific reasons I’ve observed for this contradiction between Christ’s command and our obedience.
(If you cannot see this video in your RSS reader or email, you can watch it here.)
I’m sure there are additional reasons to those I’ve mentioned in the video, and I’d love to hear your feedback on those. In fact, if you can think of other difficulties along these lines that you’ve had to fight in your life or in the church where you serve, shoot me an email. (more…)
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