1. 10 Ways to Know if You Should Read Out of Commission

    May 28, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    As I wrote my newest book, Out of Commission, I had a specific audience in mind—you!

    Seriously, I wrote this book for both pastors and laypeople with the goal of encouraging and equipping all of us in making Christ’s last command our first priority.

    If you’re wondering if this book is indeed for you (or if it would be a good read for someone you know), here are ten ways to know: (more…)

  2. Read Out of Commission before It Ships

    May 12, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    Hard copies of my newest book, Out of Commission, will be available May 27. But beginning this week, Striving Together has opened the book for presales with bonuses for purchasing early.

    One of these presale bonuses is a free ebook copy—available for immediate download! (Other bonuses include free tracts and quantity discounts.) For more information or to order your copy, visit Striving Together Publications.

    Please pray with me that the Lord will use this book to reignite a passion for the lost and a commitment to obeying the Great Commission among Christians and churches around the world.

  3. Preview Chapter of Unreleased Book

    May 9, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    Late last summer I began writing Out of Commission, a book that I pray will help many Christians and local churches to make Christ’s last command our first priority.

    Out of Commission is unique in that it is the first comprehensive book I’ve written on soulwinning. It identifies both problems and solutions—why we don’t evangelize as we should and what we can do about it. It is both diagnostic and practical.

    It’s also unique in that, as a guide book, it is not written only to pastors or church leaders, and neither is it written only to new soulwinners. It is for pastors and church members alike—for anyone and everyone who desires to obey the Great Commission.

    This book releases at the end of May, with presales (including special offers) beginning early next week. I’m excited about it’s release, and I’d like to make the first chapter, entitled “The Cost of Neglect,” available even before the book is back from press. (more…)

  4. Because Jesus Saves…

    April 19, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    Every person you talk to today is a person for whom Christ died…and rose…and offers salvation.

    And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.—1 John 2:2

    And He has given you and me the incredible privilege—and responsibility—to share the gospel with them.

    Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.—2 Corinthians 5:20

    Jesus saves! And because He does, we want to tell everyone the good news.

    There’s no better time than Easter to share the gospel with your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. Many people who don’t ordinarily go to church will even be willing to go with you on Easter Sunday.

    Over the past ten days, our church family has delivered tens of thousands of invitations for Easter at Lancaster Baptist Church to homes in our community.

    Our church choir and media team have been working for weeks on an original Easter production simply titled “Jesus Saves.” We will present this in three services this weekend, and during each service, I will preach a gospel message on the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. (more…)

  5. 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.


    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…)