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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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“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!
I'm currently using this with 4 HS students in my ministry, and I have seen a lot of growth out of the process. We are 9 chapters deep right now and I feel like this has given great structure to me as a leader and a foundation from which I can pour out a lot of my own testimony and beliefs without feeling like I'm being directionless or flailing.
There is some ambiguity for me on how to read this still, and whether it is meant for me to have read it and teach from, or for my students to be reading it with me. I feel like different paragraphs of the book directly address each of those individuals, which has me a little perplexed. My only other detractor is feeling more that this could address some core doctrinal issues and it hasn't, which just leaves me to fill in a gaps in this teaching tool.
However, this is overall just really great stuff, and this book is made free on multiplymovement.org and as an App which is great for my bank account but even more so, I think the Church recognizes that when it comes to Christian literature, it's not about selling books, it's about getting the Gospel to the world. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is. Legit.
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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Great for those already in ministry or those who plan to go into ministry.