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Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  3,371 Ratings  ·  197 Reviews
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.multiplymovem
Paperback, 333 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by David C. Cook
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Vivien Naomi Lee
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I initially picked up this book to prepare myself for a disciple that I may have been taking up.
I was expecting rather practical advice on how to disciple someone. But I was blown away by the contents of this book.

It taught me so much. It made me realise how little I knew about following Christ, and it gave me a new realization of our role here on Earth. And how making disciples is not a choice - but what we are commanded to do.

The book is not just about telling you where you were insufficient b
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don’t know if I should even write a review for this because I didn’t read this book in the way it really needs to be read. My church will be going through this book in the upcoming months, and I wanted to get an overview of what it was like, so I listened to it as an audio book. I achieved my goal of getting an overview, but I definitely don’t recommend an audio version for this book. There are so many times where you are supposed to read a Bible passage, answer questions, or stop and pray. Th ...more
Craig Hurst
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: discipleship
Disciples make disciples. Though this three word sentence is as clear as a cloudless sky and given by Jesus in one of the clearest passages of Scripture (Matt. 28:19), it has been one of the most largely undeveloped and neglected aspects of church and Christian life. That is, disciples of Jesus Christ are not so adept at making new converts to Christ into disciples of Christ. While some groups can be very productive in evangelism, that is often where it stops and thus the church is filled with u ...more
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Francis Chan can be a bit of a, well, unique individual, and that’s why I like him. He’s unique in a way that reminds us of things that have been forgotten, but without sacrificing solid theology. His latest book Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples (co-authored with Mark Beuving) is yet another book in this line—he takes a relatively obscure term like ‘discipling’ and shows us where it fits into the Christian life and why we shouldn’t neglect it.
Multiply has two major sections. In the first sec
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have been highly critical of Francis Chan for various reasons, but I have to say that this book is quite good, if not approaching outstanding. The first half on disciple making is rather basic and lacks some points of emphasis I think are crucial. However, the second half, where he tells the story of salvation history thematically, is the best I've read. It certainly isn't the most comprehensive I've read, but it is complete, clear and abundantly useful for the theological novice and illuminat ...more
Justin Tapp
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bible, church
I did not go through the study guide or spend much time on the study questions in this book; I did not do it with a group, I listened to all 24 sessions it on my own. Basically, I was determining whether it would be a good discipleship study, as it is designed to be; I think it is. Some people in my office went through the study as a group and found it good enough to meet around every week. It serves as an excellent foundations course for someone who is a new believer or someone looking to disci ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: theology
This book is good. It's not as weighty or profound as Crazy Love or Forgotten God, but it is useful for either a new Christian, or someone who wants a good reminder of things. It covers not only the basics of Christian theology, but more importantly, why it matters and how we can make use of it all.

It contains a lot of the things that I had the good fortune to be taught at an excellent church and campus ministry when I first came to Jesus. These aren't just theological facts (plenty of books sys
It pains me to rate a Francis Chan book so poorly, and there are reasons for it so I hope the rating has led you to this review!

The first few chapters are fantastic, Chan examining what it is to be a disciple and to make disciples, before going into why and how we should study the Bible as part of this process. I loved it!
The rest of the book is also fantastic...but I struggle to see what it has to do directly with making disciples. He basically maps out the whole message of the Bible and does s
Jeff Bobin
Great book!

If you are looking for a book that will take you through the scriptures quickly and thoroughly from creation, to the fall, to God's history of calling us back to a relationship with Him, to Jesus, the cross, tomb and resurrection, this is one of the best I have ever read.

If you are interested in being a better disciple of Jesus, encouraging others to join you on the faith journey,and helping them grow in faith then this is a must read.

At one point I found myself so drawn in I read
Martijn Vsho
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-shelf, favorites
This book should be the first non-Biblical book that every new Christian reads. It explains our mission and goal as Christians in easy-to-understand terms, while also giving a brief overview of the church, how to study the Bible, and of the Old and New Testament. Francis Chan explains the basics of Christianity and shows how it all relates to our central goal of making disciples who make disciples. This book is a must-read for all Christians who are serious about their faith and want to know how ...more
J. Rutherford
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This a really well written book. Chan is clear from the beginning that this is not a book that is simply meant to be read; it is meant to be used. It is primarily a tool for discipleship. It walks the reader through the biblical call for discipleship and gives an overview of God's work in man as revealed through the Bible. It is meant to be walked through with someone your discipling, so pick two copies up and read through the book with someone you want to see grow; you will find yourself growin ...more
Brad Kittle
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Thought the book was very basic but it was good. I honestly couldn't get into it that much, I'm not sure why. I have it on my shelf to review later. I think it might be good for a intro to discipleship/evangelism classroom book. Again, I find no fault in the book, it just didn't stir much in me. I am stirred up about the gospel though!
Tyler Hurst
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Overly simplistic at times but massively practical. Great starting point for understanding and practicing discipleship.
Nov 29, 2012 rated it liked it
While everything in this book is Biblical - I was looking for even MORE. Did not take anything new away from this read - great reminders that you life is His to use in all areas for His purposes, tho. :)
Erin Schmidlkofer
Mar 02, 2013 rated it liked it
We did this in our young adult study group at church. The book was good and tells the incredible truths of scripture and how all points to Christ. I leaned quite a bit. Not my favorite book but I do love what Francis Chan and David Platt are doing. :)
Jørgen Hansen
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot. Especially the chapter on how to study the bible with the emphasis on right attitude of heart before technique.
Also, I liked the survey of the Old Testament where ample bible reading was assigned in the questions.
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent book; not because I learned facts that I'd never heard, but because this material successfully helps on bridge any "gap" between knowledge of facts and practical application. Very well worth the time you'll take to read.
Jim Mader
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great reminder and encouragement, that as Christians, we are called to reproduce ourselves and make disciples. Lots of good practical material here for the person who is still grasping that concept.
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Basic, but not trite. Good beginner material for discipleship.
Cheryl Reber
Long, but covers all the material needed for small group discipleship.
Shawn Thornton
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Basic stuff we all should be a part of!
Joe McFadden
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
When it comes to books and resources on "discipleship", there seems to be a never-ending streams of books talking about new methods, new programs, or simply new concepts of discipleship. Discipleship continues to be a hot topic in the church. Francis Chan, for his part, has a pretty simple idea in mind when he writes ab
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-challenge
This is an absolutely remarkable resource. Whether one is walking alongside someone else, seeking discernment in God’s purpose, or reading it through with a friend, “Multiply” is bound to challenge, grow, and deepen one’s faith in an active, living way. Francis Chan does an excellent job exploring the core of the gospel while also drawing out its deeper implications, globally and personally. God speaks so clearly through this man who has such a humble spirit and contagious passion for Jesus, and ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Definitely worth reading regardless of how long you have been a Christian.

This is by far the best book on discipleship I've read. If would like to be a better disciple of Jesus, encourage or help others to grow in Christ, then this is a must read (and own!).

I recommend this book for every pastor and church member who considers themselves part of Kingdom building.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was hoping for a compelling presentation for making disciples, both a "why" and a "how." There was a bit of this in the first and last few chapters, the rest was an overview of basic Christian teaching and biblical theology. I think it's great that Chan is pointing us back to the Scriptural narrative as a baseline for making disciples, but I was hoping for a little more. If you're looking for an introductory approach to Christianity and understanding the Bible you might find this book helpful. ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christianity
A helpful overview study on God's plan of redemption throughout the entire Bible and how it affects our duty as Christians to live out that plan of redemption in our lives today.
"The mission of your church is too important to leave to everyone else. The moment you begin to believe that your church can be healthy while you sit on the sidelines, you have give up on God's plan of redemption."
Zack Locklear
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
“Designed for use in discipleship relationships and other focused settings, Multiply will equip you to carry out Jesus’s ministry.” If you are familiar with Francis Chan or David Platt then you probably know by now what these guys are about. Discipleship, in one way or another, tends to be the impetus of a large portion of their work. Of course, this is by no means a bad thing—Christ’s concluding words in Matthew 28 gives us the command to make disciples of all nations, and to Baptize them in th ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
"If you ever find yourself reading the Bible and not changing, then you can be sure you are approaching it in the wrong way."

"God cares more about your character than your productivity."

“Your problems are not just your problems—ultimately, they belong to the church body that God has placed you in. You are called to encourage, challenge, and help the other Christians in your life, and they are called to do the same for you. If you wait until all of your own issues are gone before helping others,
Victor Gentile
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Francis Chan with Mark Beuving in their new book, “Multiply” published by David C. Cook gives us Disciples Making Disciples.

From the Back Cover: 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 a
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Multiply is a non-fiction book that details the reasons and methods behind making disciples. Francis Chan separates the book into five sections that start out with living and then move into some overview of the Bible. I started this book back in September and finished it today…in March—it’s that kind of book.
Each “session” ends with a discussion question and sometimes a passage to read. Though I did some of the discussion questions at my Bible Study, for the most part I did them by myself. Eve
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Francis Chan is an American pastor and teacher, who lives in California with his wife, Lisa, and their four children. He is the former pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, CA, which he and his wife started in 1994.
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“we reduce discipleship to a canned program, and so many in the church end up sidelined in a spectator mentality that delegates disciple making to pastors and professionals, ministers and missionaries. But this is not the way it’s supposed to be.” 7 likes
“It’s impossible to be a disciple or a follower of someone and not end up like that person. Jesus said, “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40). That’s the whole point of being a disciple of Jesus: we imitate Him, carry on His ministry, and become like Him in the process.” 4 likes
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