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Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples [Kindle Edition]

Francis Chan , Mark Beuving , David Platt
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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"""

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 939 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (1 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009B246X0
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Growing in the right way 10 July 2014
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The real challenge of this book is not to read but to follow what you read. We have been meeting fortnightly as a group to look at and grow in the challenges this book delivers.
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This material is easy to use, clear in its explanations, and challenging in respect of how we live and how we think.
Best used in conjunction with the video clips on the Multiply Movement Website
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 16 Dec 2012
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5 star book. Francis Chan writes in a very readable every day style and hits the spot every time. His books are life changing.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Repeatability and multiplication is what makes this book shine 9 Nov 2012
By WJLaky - Published on Amazon.com
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The beauty of multiply is not in its unique approach to discipleship, its discovery of a hidden facet of training up strong followers of Jesus, or even in its back to basics approach. The beauty of the book is found in how easy it is to repeat with others.

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.

Other Pros:
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.
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but not what I was expecting 5 Jun 2013
By Robert C. Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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Francis Chan, author of the influential books Crazy Love and Erasing Hell, has written Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples for the purpose of multiplying disciples in the church.
The book has some excellent material; however, I was disappointed in the book, because it was not what I expected. I downloaded the book and read it on my Kindle, deceived by the title into thinking it was about how to make disciples. While the introduction and first three chapters (about 40 pages) discuss how to use the book for discipleship, that's about it. The rest of the book is an overview of the teachings of the Bible.
Don't misunderstand me. The overview of the Bible is excellent. It's well-written, and has good support material with questions for discussion and videos available to watch online. If you are a mature Christian, you will find very little new information here, but it is a good, solid summary of what the Bible teaches. If a person goes through this material with a new believer, that person will be very well-founded in a biblical worldview.
It was hard to know how many stars to give this book, because it deserved four or five stars as a book on the basics of Christianity, but only two or three stars as a book on how to do discipleship.
The bottom line: if you are looking for material for an in-depth teaching of the basics of Christianity for a small group or one-on-one, this is a great book. But if you are looking for a book on how to organize your church for the purpose of multiplying disciples, you will probably find more help elsewhere, such as "Real Life Discipleship" by Jim Putman or "Growing Up" by Robby Gallaty.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Needs to Be in the Hands of Every Believer 25 Nov 2012
By Tom Farr - Published on Amazon.com
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Francis Chan has become a voice in my own life for passionate pursuit of Jesus and deep commitment to reading the Scriptures. Together with Mark Beuving, Chan dives into the important topic of discipleship with MULTIPLY: DISCIPLES MAKING DISCIPLES. MULTIPLY is more than just a book; it is a series of study sessions designed to walk believers through God's plan for discipleship and making new disciples. The book is all about encouraging believers to be the kind of disciples who make more disciples because this is the mandate that Jesus left us with.

Chan launches into the book with an exploration of what a disciple is and the kind of heart the disciple is to have. It's a beautiful journey through what it means to love and follow Jesus and being an example to other people of what that looks like. The second part of the book covers the vital need for the disciple to be a part of a faith community and the role of the church in the world for making disciples. Part three walks believers through how to study the Bible for themselves and understand it. Finally, the book gives an overview of the Bible's overall narrative.

MULTIPLY is a much-needed resource for helping Christians understand their biblical calling in life. The book states at the beginning that this material isn't merely to be read, but to be taught. Chan and Beuving clearly desire to encourage Christians to be disciples and make more disciples, carrying on Jesus' work in their lives. MULTIPLY is one book that needs to be in the hands of every believer.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chan, Platt, Multiply, and the Command to Make Disciples 16 July 2013
By dr.keithcox - Published on Amazon.com
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I am using Multiply in a small discipleship group I am leading at my church. I want to state at the outset that I have nothing but the greatest admiration for both of these leaders and their heart for building the kingdom. I really think they are on the right track in working to re-orient the church to more closely conform to the original kingdom building focus of the earliest church. I do have a criticism, however.

Recently these leaders have come under fire in certain circles for representing what one pastor calls "the new legalism." This accusation is founded on the argument that the call to "radical" Christianity raises a bar that is too high for the average Christian to achieve. I reject this because; if we buy Paul's theology of mystical union ("It is no longer I who live, but Christ live in me." Gal. 2:20) then we have to admit that there is no bar that the life of Christ in us cannot surpass. Yes, we are called outside of the norms expected of life in the post-Enlightenment West and yes we are called far from our comfort zone. But this has been the nature of Christ's call from the very beginning. If we are truly living the life of Christ, how could we expect our lives to be anything but "radical?"

But as we are working our way through the first chapter of their book Multiply we cannot help but come away with the idea that the authors' understanding is that every individual member of the church is being called to evangelize. This is based on the Great Commission. Jesus commands his followers to "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations" (Mt. 28:19 ESV). And you certainly cannot deny that Jesus intended his followers to spread his message to the ends of the earth.

The problem I have with this interpretation is that it contains at least the insinuation that Jesus is here addressing individual Christians. And of course this has been and continues to be a huge stumbling block for the Western church. We are hindered by the Enlightenment elevation of the individual over the community, to the point that in the West we have no real conception of community. I think on one level Chan and Platt know this because they are careful to point out that disciple makers must do so in the context of community membership. But I would like to propose that if we reconsider the nature of Jesus' call we can also reconsider how we are to respond to it.

What if, rather than imagining Jesus addressing a disparate group of individuals, we assume that Jesus was addressing the seeds of his church? The rest of it falls easily into place: mystical union, the image of the church as the body of Christ with individual Christians as members, (i.e., hands, feet, eyes). To suppose that Jesus was telling all of his followers to be evangelists would be the same as imagining telling all members of the body to do the work of the eye: to see. That's just silly.

And I point to the same scripture Chan and Platt point to in supporting their claim: Ephesians 4. Read verses 11 through 16 carefully and you have to agree that Paul is not calling each individual to the same task. Rather, quite the opposite. He points out the diversity of gifts in the body that make it possible for the whole body to come to perfection and do Christ's work of love.

We see this again in scripture in chapter 6 of Acts where seven were chose to serve so that the Apostles could continue to preach. The work of the seven, we can assume, did not involve direct evangelism, but their focus on the more mundane aspects of church administration made the work of evangelism possible. So we should acknowledge that not everyone in the body is called to direct evangelism, but all are called to make evangelism possible.

Now this is why I think it's important to make this distinction. Many new believers are terrified of this aspect of the faith, and many more ought to be. For most, I think, the idea of evangelism or disciple making conjures up images of standing on the street with signs or knocking on doors looking for converts. I'm not sure that this kind of "evangelism" is ever very successful; I'm pretty sure that Jesus didn't call on his followers to be seen as nut jobs and pests. He does call on all of his followers to reflect his love. But he doesn't call on that many to preach. That's what I meant when I wrote that more people ought to be terrified of preaching; because the example of fired-up but woefully immature disciples making bad examples of the body of Christ tends to do more to detract from the gospel message than to build the kingdom.

The last thing I want to point out here is that I am in no way suggesting we ought to see the timidity of some to be identified with Jesus as an acceptable norm for the church. Whether we are called to preach or evangelize or to serve in some other way we are all called to lead lives that are (dare I say it?) radically at odds with the raging paganism we live in the midst of. If we are disciples of Jesus, precisely because of the mystical union with Christ that Paul points to, precisely because our lives are no longer ours but the real life of Christ on earth, we will not be able to be silent about it. Our lives will speak the gospel in the language that Jesus himself used: love.

So, kudos to Messrs. Chan and Platt for their devotion to the kingdom and their radicalism. May God bless all of their efforts, so that the church can become the perfected body of Christ, with each indispensable member properly adding to his work of restoration.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS A DO-OVER! 29 Jan 2013
By Donna P - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
If you are asking "What is a do-over?" the answer is I want to review the material more in depth with our small group and as a church project next month. For me it's easy to read a book but the real meat is found in the lives and discussions with other believers as we tackle each chapter, research the questions and compare a book to THE book, the Bible. I'm looking forward to some lively discussions and areas of growth. The additional resources on multiplymovement.com were really helpful. I was able to see the authors hearts and genuine enthusiasm in a non-commercial atmosphere. I signed up immediately.

Why did I only give it 3 stars? Here's the rub. Though the authors went into great depth to explain why we should disciple, they disappointed me by not saying how to do it. Maybe its in another book, or online but its not here. Hence the 3 stars. This book could have been better named "Why Multiply." and offer a companion novel on "How To Multiply".
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