Below is my reading reflection on Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples by Francis Chan and Mark Beuving.
Francis Chan is a pastor and church planter based in San Francisco, 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”. The goal of the book is to help individuals understand Scripture and provide the tools to disciple others. There are two requests by the authors to the reader, which are “teach what is learned and share life—not just information”. A summary and evaluation are included in this reading reflection.
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. 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.” 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.
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. 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. 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.