Saturday, November 3, 2012

Multiply by Francis Chan

Francis Chan is back, and with God’s leading has written another book which can revitalize you and I, the CHURCH.  
            In his new book Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples Chan looks at one of the most important verses in the Bible.  “Go into all the world and MAKE DISCIPLES….”.
            This single verse has scared more people in the church who feel unable, unprepared, and unequipped to fulfill this verse.  Some use those excuses to begin to believe that it was not a MANDATORY command but a suggestion that some will follow.  But was it?  Was it meant for you and me or just our pastors?  
            This book spends half of the book laying out why it is important how we view this verse as a command.  Then in the final half of the book we are taken through a condensed Old Testament and New Testament Survey course that is intended to help Disciple us to the point that we can then take this exact same course out and repeat it.  
            This book is as simple as the directions on my shampoo bottle “Wash, Rinse and repeat.”   The process and model that is set forth in this book is simple, and life changing.
            I challenge you to pick up this book.  Read it with a friend, then challenge each other to find another friend and repeat.  And keep it going.
            Here is a link to a video from Francis Chan talking about this book:
            Thanks to David C. Cook for supplying a rough draft manuscript for my review!
Here is the publishers comments on the book:

Jesus’ command to make disciples in the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20) was not intended solely for the early disciples, nor is disciple-making the responsibility of a special class of Christians. Rather, all followers of Christ are called to make disciples, to fish for men (Matthew 4:19). Many don’t actively make disciples because they don’t know what it means to be a disciple.
On a practical level discipleship means that we look at other people and say exactly what Jesus said to his disciples: “Follow me.” To make disciples is to intentionally show the life of Christ before others, to share the gospel of Christ with others, to teach the Word of Christ to others, and to do all of this with a view toward reaching every people group in the world with the gospel.
Our desire is to come alongside local churches by emphasizing this glorious and much-neglected aspect of our calling as followers of Christ. With Multiply we want to encourage because some are unaware of their biblical responsibility to make disciples, and we want to equip because many do not know how to make disciples.
We want to help make disciples by providing resources and materials that introduce foundational biblical topics for those seeking to learn God’s Word with the intent to disciple others. Multiply does this in several ways:
The Multiply WebsiteThe website is a central hub that contains resources to help you as you make disciples.
The Multiply MaterialThe Multiply Material is a 24-session discipleship experience where one person helps another understand what it means to follow Jesus, study scripture, and be the church. This material is available online and includes coaching videos and additional resources to assist you as you study through the course.
The Multiply GatheringThe Gathering is a once-a-year simulcast with Francis Chan and David Platt that fuels the purpose of Multiply. We want to gather together with other followers of Christ in their local churches and homes and encourage one another in the disciple-making process.

About Francis Chan

Francis Chan is the best-selling author of books, Crazy LoveForgotten GodErasing Hell and the host of the BASIC.series (Who is God & We Are Church). He has also written the children’s books Halfway Herbert, The Big Red Tractor and the Little Village and Ronnie Wilson’s Gift. Francis is the founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, and is the founder of Eternity Bible College. He also sits on the board of directors of Children’s Hunger Fund and World Impact. Currently, Francis is working to start a church planting movement in the inner city of San Francisco and also working to launch a countrywide discipleship movement. Francis now lives in Northern California with his wife, Lisa, and their five children.

About David Platt

Dr. David Platt, Pastor at The Church at Brook Hills, is deeply devoted to Christ and His Word. David’s first love in ministry is disciple-making – the simple, biblical model of teaching God’s Word, mentoring others, and sharing faith. He has traveled extensively to teach the Bible alongside church leaders throughout the United States and around the world. He has authored two books, Radical – Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream, andRadical Together – Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God. He is the founder of Radical, a resource ministry, dedicated to serving the church in making disciples of all nations. David and his wife, Heather, have three children – Caleb, Joshua, and Mara Ruth. They are expecting their fourth child, Isaiah.

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