Reading Reflection: Multiply

Below is my reading reflection on Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples by Francis Chan and Mark Beuving.

Introduction

Francis Chan is a pastor and church planter based in San MultiplyimageFrancisco, while Mark Beuving is an associate professor of interdisciplinary studies at Eternity Bible College. Their book Multiply: has a statement by David Platt that summarizes the essence of the entire book, which is… “being a disciple of Jesus Christ has always been to make more disciples”.[1] The goal of the book is to help individuals understand Scripture and provide the tools to disciple others.[2] There are two requests by the authors to the reader, which are “teach what is learned and share life—not just information”.[3] A summary and evaluation are included in this reading reflection.

Summary
Multiply is divided in five sections with a final visionary chapter. Section one illustrates what it means to live as a disciple maker. The authors explain that the term disciple refers to an apprentice or student that follows after Jesus Christ in order to be like Him.[4] Jesus gave the command to make more disciples with the instructions in the Great Commission according to Matthew 28:16-20. “A disciple is a disciple maker.”[5] According to the authors the heart of a disciple maker realizes that only teaching is dangerous, love must come first and then teach by examples.[6]

            Section two discusses life in the church. The authors affirm that this is a challenge for Western culture because of self-identification with individualism; nevertheless, Christians must learn to fulfill their call to disciple through the God ordained vehicle the church.[7] Disciples must learn to devote their skills to the members of their local church because it is a responsibility to challenge, love, and serve each other.[8] Additionally, disciples are to take God’s redemptive plan out of their local church communities into every town, city, country and continent on planet earth through collaboration, before the end.[9]

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Prayer for Salvation

To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sinsLuke 1:77

 I’m a Christian, who constantly asks the Holy Spirit for guidance. I like to know that I’m making the best decision possible. As I reflected on my blog and its purpose, it occurred to me to add a prayer of salvation. While my blog is for Christians, it is equally for those that do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.I wondered, ‘Should I do that?’ Can I lead others to God in your name?’ ‘Are you sure it’s me Lord?’ ‘Am I understanding my calling correctly?’ ‘I’m still in seminary school, hoping to graduate with a masters in divinity.’ Then I remembered my passion. 

My granddad was a humble, kind, gracious man. I knew, he believed in God. Yet, I was determined to hear him confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior when his time got small, just over a year ago. I didn’t hesitate to pray with him, read the Bible to him and talk about God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ.

 I wrote the following Scriptures and Salvation Pray for him. I now share it with each of you.

Scriptures & Prayer for Salvation 

The Bible says, God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. –John 3:16

Jesus said, I came that they may have life and have it abundantly – a complete life full of purpose. –John 10:10

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The Rationals

Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me. Psalms 35:1 

In my quest to learn about God, I learned something very interesting about myself during one of my classes this semester. According to the Carl Jung’s and Isabel Briggs Myers’ typological (HumanMetrics) assessment, my personality is that of a Rational. From the four kinds of Rationals (ENTJ, INTJ, ENTP, INTP), I am an INTJ.

As an INTJ, my preference is that of an introverted, intuitive, thinking and judging individual, who often appears assured and self-confident, which is frequently taken erroneously for arrogance. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, arrogance is defined as an insulting way of thinking or behaving that comes from believing that you are better, smarter, or more important than other people.  After careful and profound reflection, I cannot think of one instance in my life where I felt that I was better, smarter, or more important than others or knowingly acted as if I was. Why do I need to feel that I am better than others?

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