1. 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…)


  2. Why We Must Pray for Laborers

    November 19, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    We hear much these days from politicians regarding the size and lifespan of the Baby Boomer (my) generation.

    Consider these facts:

    • Until recently, the Boomers were the largest generation in the United States, with the succeeding Generation X being smaller. (The Millennial generation has recently exceeded the Boomers.)
    • Add to this the greatly expanded life expectancies of the Boomers compared to preceding generations, and the concerns—from an economic angle—involve retirement, workforce replacements, and social security deficits.

    But economics and politics aside, I believe there is an even greater reason these size demographics should be considered.

    That reason is the harvest fields.

    Not only do we have the usual shortage of laborers because of the overwhelmingly needy fields in front of us (7.2 billion people with teeming metropolitan cities void of independent Baptist churches), but we have an impending shortage of laborers because of an aging generation of current laborers with a smaller generation coming behind them.

    What does all this mean? (more…)


  3. 5 Helpful Follow Up Methods Every Christian Can Use

    October 13, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    The Lord gave us a phenomenal Sunday yesterday, and how we praise Him for it! I preached a message from Luke 16 about the rich man and Lazareth and the need to consider eternity. What a privilege to preach Jesus and lift up the cross! God blessed as scores of people responded during the invitations and trusted Christ as their Saviour.

    After a Sunday of such abundant fruitfulness, I not only feel grateful, I also feel very responsible. I want to follow up on guests and nurture young Christians to grow in Christ.

    I believe that “big days” of ministry must be just the starting point for continued discipleship and training. Aggressive soulwinning must be followed with aggressive discipleship. Second Timothy 2:2 makes it clear that our job is to “teach others also” in the things we have learned.

    So how do we practically do that? Below are five ways to follow up on guests and new Christians after a special Sunday of outreach: (more…)


  4. What to Do at Church on an Outreach Sunday

    October 11, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    In the previous post, I suggested ten ways you can use an evangelistic Sunday (such as Open House or a Christmas musical) to reach people with the gospel.

    In this post, I want to encourage you to steward every opportunity for sharing the gospel and reaching people for the Lord that a special Sunday brings.

    What can you do on Sunday morning to lead people to Christ? Here are five suggestions: (more…)


  5. 10 Ways Everyone Should Prepare for an Evangelistic Sunday

    October 9, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    This Sunday will be our church’s twenty-ninth Open House Sunday. Much work has already gone into every aspect of this day. From hours of prayer and preparation for the gospel message I will preach to the dinner for our guests, to the 1,001 other details of the service and hosting guests—we are not entering this day unprepared!

    But there is more to preparing for an Open House Sunday (or “Friend Day,” “Christmas musical,” or any other Sunday with an evangelistic emphasis) than the elements of what actually happens on that day. There is the cultivating relationships and engaging in the work of soulwinning.

    Jesus commanded us, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). “All the world” surely includes our immediate neighborhoods and the communities in which we live!

    Below are ten suggestions for how you—whether you are the pastor or a lay person—can use a special outreach Sunday at your church to reach people for Christ. (more…)