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Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples Paperback – November 1, 2012
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After Jesus rose from the grave, He left His followers with a simple command: “Go into all the world and make disciples” (see Matt. 28:19). e church should be known for this. If we are going to call ourselves followers of Jesus Christ, we should be making disciples.
But most Christians today are not known for making disciples. We have developed a culture where a minister ministers and the rest of us sit back and enjoy “church” from a comfortable distance. is is not what God intends for His church. Every Christian is called by God to minister. You are called to make disciples.
Multiply is designed as a simple resource that you can use to begin making disciples. Our prayer is that it will give you the con- dence you need to step out in faith and disciple the people whom God has placed in your life.
Two Guidelines for Using Multiply
- Teach what you learn. This material is not meant to be read, but to be taught. There are plenty of other Bible studies you can do if you just want to absorb more information.
- Share life, not just information. The Multiply process is meant to be highly relational. True discipleship involves deep relationships. Jesus didn’t simply lead a weekly Bible study. He lived life with His disciples and taught through actions as well as words.
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What do you believe about hell? How do you feel about a God who could send people there? Explore these tough questions in Stop Erasing Hell, as you walk through Scripture with Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle to discern how what you believe about hell changes the way you live.
“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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One of the other reviewers, who was basically positive, mentioned that this was no different from Sunday school curriculum. In a lot of ways, he is correct. The difference is that this isn't dependent on a lay-leader or "Christian professional" to use. If used properly, it can be a powerful tool in the hands of your everyday church attender.
How we are trained is often the way that we will train others. If you were trained in a Sunday school, than you will, most likely, bring your neighbor to church and let someone else train him up or tell him about Jesus. With multiply, you could (and should), have your disciplee begin discipling someone on the first part of the book before you are even done going through it with them. They should, in turn, encourage the person that they are discipling to do the same. This has the potential to create a culture of discipleship whereby it spreads as a way of life instead of a forced program. That, I think, is the true power of the book. You don't need to reinvent the wheel and write your own discipleship study or train 10 guys on how to do discipleship. The book provides all the tools necessary (especially when coupled with the website) to equip someone to disciple another person. Even if the person you are discipling isn't done with the book, they are equipped to wrestle through the first few sections. By the time that you have finished going through it with them, you are in a position to monitor and assist them as they go through it with someone else. You learn by teaching/doing, and they do the same. Doing this doesn't pigeonhole discipleship as a job for the professionals, the pastors, or the teachers - it puts discipleship in the hands of every person.
The book covers the basics of what people need to do know about the nature of discipleship (what it means to follow Jesus), the Bible, and the church. Right off the bat, I have to give kudos to Chan for including a section on the church. One of the downfalls of so many discipleship materials produced over the last few decades is a glaring omission of anything related to the church.
All the material is available for free on their website, multiplymovement. This is comforting to me because it gives proof to the point that they aren't trying to make money by getting as many books purchased as possible (with a discipleship method reliant on their book). You can download the pdf chapters and print them out at your leisure, watch leadership videos, and even stream Chan reading his book to you - all for free. Incredible.
Too Long Didn't Read Version: Multiply is great because it puts discipleship on the bottom shelf, not by diminishing the depth of content, but by making it accessible to everyone - not just pastors/leaders. I truly believe that this could be a discipleship tool that anyone could use to disciple another person with little preparation beforehand.
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!
So... how do we do it?
"Why is it that we see so little disciple making taking place in the church today?" ask Francis Chan and Mark Beuving in their new book, Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples. "Do we really believe that Jesus told His early followers to make disciples but wants the twenty-first-century church to do something different?"
None of us would claim to believe this, but somehow we have created a church culture where the paid ministers do the "ministry," and the rest of us show up, put some money in the plate, and leave feeling inspired or "fed." We have moved so far away from Jesus's command that many Christians don't have a frame of reference for what disciple making looks like. (Kindle location 299)
In Multiply, Chan and Beuving offer the frame of reference they see is missing. Divided into five parts, Multiply looks at the call to disciple-making individually and corporately, the storyline of Scripture and provides practical guidance on how to study the Bible.
Parts one and two serve principally to motivate readers to do the work of making disciples. Chan--whose reputation for challenging the lethargy of the North American church is well-known--pulls no punches in reminding readers that disciple-making truly is the responsibility of every believer. "The pastor is not the minister--at least not in the way we typically think of a minister. The pastor is the equipper, and every member of the church is a minister." (Kindle location 354)
"God has not called you to make disciples in isolation; He has placed you in the context of a church body so that you can be encouraged and challenged by the people around you. And you are called to encourage and challenge them in return." (Kindle location 382)
This is difficult for many of us to accept, but it needs to be properly understood. If we are Christians, we have a responsibility to the other believers in our local church. "Church" isn't the hour and a half we spend on Sunday--it's something that requires opening up our lives to others and encouraging them to obey Jesus as we are learning to likewise.
The interconnectedness of disciple-making is what makes it so difficult in a context where, frankly, you can get away with hiding pretty easily. But the truth of the matter is clear: "It's impossible to `one another' yourself. It's impossible to follow Jesus alone. We can't claim to follow Jesus if we neglect the church He created, the church He died for, the church He entrusted His mission to." (Kindle location 519)
Parts three through five offer a thorough overview of the Bible's storyline, as well as solid guidance on how to study the Scriptures. This, honestly, is probably the most immediately practical aspect of what's offered in Multiply. It's also one of the most fundamental aspects. "For a Christian, nothing should seem more natural than reading the Bible," the authors write (Kindle location 946). And yet, so many struggle to do it. We either are distracted, believe the lie that it's hard to understand, or are just so wracked with guilt that we can't bring ourselves to do it.
Whatever the case, we have to understand that studying the Bible isn't optional--if we are to make disciples who love and obey Jesus, then they (and we) need to actually know about what God is like, what He's done in history, and what He's promised to do in the future. "God in heaven wants us to know certain things about Himself, and He uses the Scriptures to reveal these things" (Kindle location 1008).
For me, reading through the authors' 15-chapter overview of the storyline of Bible was a pure joy. If you've ever read through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, you know how helpful it is to have your reading of the Scriptures grounded in the big story. By providing these chapters, the authors have done readers a great service--in part because of their own obvious excitement about it!
You can tell that Chan and Beuving really love the Bible--and they want you to love it to. They want you to feel the sense of urgency about knowing the Scriptures, and knowing the God who is revealed in the Bible's pages. In fact, they made me want to start reading the Bible at Genesis 1 again!
Multiply isn't really a book for solo reading--although I benefitted from an individual read, it was when I was discussing the material with others that I found it most helpful (as my wife can attest from me talking her ear off). It really is intended as a discipleship tool and it is a good one, to be sure. I'd highly recommend getting a copy of Multiply, working through it with a friend and beginning to invest in others using the material Chan and Beuving have provided.
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Great for those already in ministry or those who plan to go into ministry.