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Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples Paperback – November 1, 2012
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From the Publisher
Jesus gave his followers a command: 'Follow me.' And a promise: 'And I will equip you to find others to follow me.' We were made to make disciples.
Designed for use in discipleship relationships and other focused settings, Multiply will equip you to carry out Jesus’s ministry. Each of the twenty-four sessions in the book corresponds with an online video at www.multiplymovement.com, where New York Times bestselling author David Platt joins Francis in guiding you through each part of Multiply.
One plus one plus one. Every copy of Multiply is designed to do what Jesus did: make disciples who make disciples who make disciples…. Until the world knows the truth of Jesus Christ.
Letters to the Church
If God had it His way, what would our churches look like? In his most powerful book yet, Pastor Francis Chan digs deep into biblical truths, reflections on his own failures and dreams, and stories of ordinary people God is using to change the world. When Jesus returns, will He find us caring for His Bride—even more than for our own lives? Letters to the Church reminds us of how powerful, how glorious the Church once was … and calls us to once again be the Church God intended us to be.
This sounds crazy to some: There's a God, all-powerful and all-knowing, and He loves you. And not just any kind of love, this is the I love you so much I'll send my Son to die on a cross to save you kind of love. And maybe it is crazy. Crazy in all the right ways.
Think about it. God, the Creator of everything -from nitrogen to pine needles; from oceans to E-minor -That God, loves you. And after we rebelled and rejected Him, He loved us so much, He made a plan to rescue us so we might be with him forever. So yeah, that's a little crazy. But it's true and it's the good news that has changed billions of lives over the past 2000 years.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We pray in the name of all three, but how often do we live with an awareness of only the first two? As Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit—the Helper—so that we could be true and living witnesses for Christ. Unfortunately, today’s church has admired the gift but neglected to open it.
With a humble respect for God's Word, Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle address the deepest questions you have about eternal destiny. Like you, sometimes they just don't want to believe in hell. This is not a book about who is saying what: it's a book about what God says. It's not a book about impersonal theological issues: it's a book about people who God loves. It's not a book about arguments, doctrine, or being right: it's a book about the character of God.
“Multiply is a simple, practical, biblical, helpful, and personal tool for disciples of Jesus who want to make disciples of Jesus.”
—from the foreword by David Platt
About the Author
Mark Beuving is a professor at Eternity Bible College in Southern California, where he lives with his wife and daughters.
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This book is for discipleship. They have it available for free as an app as well. But the book itself does make a big difference
It's meant to go through with others
The content is not soft at all. Lots of lasting fruit! Of all the books I could recommend any Christian, it'd be this one
Cause it's about the walk! Following Jesus! Wholeheartedly
We need more spiritual food about the walk, that's what we struggle with the most. A lot of us anyway. We need to be confronted by these things & reflect on them, pray to grow in these areas
The Lord is good!
Multiply begins with a well thought out section on how to use the book for discipleship. Chan and Beuving will follow their criteria here, throughout the book. Here's how Chan puts it: "The goals of the Multiply material are to help you understand Scripture and to give you the tools to disciple others in this process (Multiply, 9)." Chan offers sections covering weekly meetings, weekly videos, and weekly study guides. The book is divided into 5 parts; the first is living as a disciple maker, followed by living as the church, then how to study the bible, and finished with understanding the two testaments (Old and New). The last chapter is how to apply the material to the readers life.
If you have ever read any Francis Chan books (Crazy Love, Forgotten God, Erasing Hell, etc.) you know they are very readable and deeply rooted in Scripture. Multiply is no different. In fact, this is probably one of his most theological books to date. Chan is also a master of the biblical story line, stretching from the Old testament to the New, and he is on full display in Multiply. His desire to direct his readers towards a closer relationship with Christ through a close study of scripture is unparalleled in a lot of famous Christian authors. I have read many Christian books, whether it be self-help or deep theology, and Chan's book is a refreshing medium between the two. Being a seminary student myself, this book will reach a wide range of reading abilities, while challenging the most skilled biblical exegetes and seminarians. More specifically, Chan's chapters on the Old and New Testaments are theological gold mines, as are his chapters on the church in our world today. What Chan does that is different from most Christian ministry books, is that he is personal and yet theologically challenging. He has changed the way books of this kind should be written from here on out.
The weaknesses worth mentioning from Chan's book are few and do not detract from the book, but the first one is the fact that the book does not give a clear plan on how to make disciples that make disciples. I was hoping to find some definitive answer to my questions on how to start a discipleship program, or how to teach youth students how to disciple other students, but Chan was lacking in this area. I finished the book understanding scripture better, but not the process of discipleship. The second weakness is that the chapters on how to study the bible were introductory at best. I was surprised by how poor and lacking these chapters were, despite the fact that Chan is a wonderful exegete of scripture. He offers nothing new on actually how to study the bible, but rather he offers the reasons why we study the bible.
Chan's book is an easy and useful read for anyone in ministry. If you are looking for an in-depth study of discipleship or a new outlook on how to study the bible, this book is NOT for you. However, if you are looking to better understand the grand narrative of the bible and the churches mission, then I would recommend this book to you.
Multiply has a simple concept. God told us to make disciples so we should go and make disciples. With such a simple concept I was surprised that the book was over 300 pages, but I was excited to read it nonetheless.
The book consists of 5 clearly labeled sections: Discipleship Making, Living as the Church, How to study the Bible, Understanding the Old Testament, and Understanding the New Testament. The first two sections break down the calling of the Church in the local and global communities. How to Study the Bible is kind of weak attempt to advocate both academic and personal exploration of the Bible. (I obviously don't think "academic" and "personal" are conflicting ideas but it can definitely be presented that way). The final two sections summarize the entire the Bible narrative in an extremely concise way.
In the end, Multiply is a good book designed specifically for small groups in hopes of making creating new disciples. I am not sure in the Bible Cliff-Notes was necessary.
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I found Ying Kai’s book much more detailed and easy to implement.
Best used in conjunction with the video clips on the Multiply Movement Website
If tou are looking for more about the subject there is your book.
If you liker the other books, you'll love this one.