1 - Living as a Disciple Maker

Introduction


God wants disciples of Jesus to make other disciples of Jesus. Join Francis Chan, best-selling author and founding Pastor of Cornerstone Church, and David Platt, author and Pastor at The Church at Brook Hills, in this 5-Part Multiply course—a simple, practical, biblical, helpful, and personal resource to help you understand Scripture and give you the tools to disciple others. In Part 1, Francis and David talk about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.

The Multiply video material was designed to work with a printed study guide, which is available as a free download (for the complete 336-page study guide, click here). In order for you to get the most out of this series, please download and work through the study guide before you watch the videos. Each study-guide session includes a number of questions that will challenge you to think about the material you have covered. 

Unlike some of the other training available to you on this site, this Multiply training is not designed to be finished quickly. Take some time with each lesson. Don't be in too much of a hurry to finish each part, but allow the truths in each lesson to penetrate your mind and heart. Do one lesson, then put it aside for a while and come back.

If you prefer to download one lesson at a time, the study guide for Part 1: Lesson 1 - What is a Disciple? can be downloaded here

Let's begin! 


 
What is a Disciple?


Once you have completed the study guide for Lesson 1, watch the following video with Francis Chan and David Platt.


Both David and Francis mention that we don't have to have all the answers before we begin discipling others. Why is that important? Has that been holding you back? Why or why not?
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They both also mentioned the importance of the foundation of grace for salvation. They talked about the tension between salvation by grace and the need for us to respond to that grace in a way that surrenders our will to God's. Which issue (grace or surrender) has been harder for you to understand or accept? Why do you think that is?
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In the study guide, they talked about the cost of discipleship and had you read Luke 14:25–33. Jesus makes some pretty dramatic statements in that passage: 

"If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, even his own life, he cannot be my disciple." 

We have to be careful here. Jesus is not contradicting the fifth commandment (honor your father and mother), the greatest commandment (love God and love others) or Paul's writings about husbands loving wives in Ephesians 5. What Jesus is getting at is that a disciple of Jesus must be willing to give up their primary allegiance to family or self for Jesus. Jesus has to be number one in the disciple's life.


What does that look like in your relationships? Where do you struggle? Where do you see victory?
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True disciples of Jesus are motivated to follow Him out of love for what He has done for them, not out of a sense of legalistic obligation or guilt. What can you do to fall more in love with Jesus day by day?
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Take some time to pray and ask God for His strength and courage to develop into a mature disciple of Jesus Christ—a disciple that's bold in bringing others along with them in this journey. Pray for those whom God will place in your path.

Up next, Part 1: Lesson 2 - The Command to Make Disciples. Feel free to take a break and pick back up with this training later.


The Command to Make Disciples


In Lesson 1, David Platt and Francis Chan talked about what it is to be a disciple of Jesus. In Lesson 2 - The Command to Make Disciples, Francis and David look at the last command Jesus gave before he left this earth, to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you" (Matt. 28:19–20a).

The study guide for Part 1: Lesson 2 - The Command to Make Disciples can be downloaded here. Once you have completed the study guide for Lesson 2, watch the following video with Francis Chan and David Platt.



I love Francis's honesty, that even he gets scared sometimes when he shares the good news of the gospel or disciples someone. What concerns you the most about leading someone in discipleship? Who can you ask to partner with you in prayer as you take this step of faith and begin this discipleship journey?
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Both David and Francis talked about how it's when you teach others that you really learn the material. How have you experienced this in your own life?
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David said something really important, that it's not just about acquiring knowledge, but that it's about obedience and passing that knowledge on. What's your primary "take away" from this session? Who can you share it with today?
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Up next, Part 1: Lesson 3 - The Heart of a Disciple Maker. Feel free to take a break and pick back up with this training later.


The Heart of a Disciple Maker


So far, we've looked at what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and Jesus' command for all of his disciples to make other disciples. In Lesson 3 - The Heart of a Disciple Maker, Francis and David talk about one vital key to discipling others—love.

The study guide for Part 1: Lesson 3 - The Heart of a Disciple Maker can be downloaded here. Once you have completed the study guide for Lesson 3, watch the following video with Francis Chan and David Platt.



Take a moment to read 1 Corinthians 13:1–3 again. Our motivation for wanting to make disciples has to be love. How do you keep love at the forefront of your life?
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Francis told a story about an ex-convict who he felt God calling him to love and help. Francis even invited the man and his family to live with him. How easy do you think that was? What initial concerns would you have if this were you and your family? Of the two, fear and inconvenience, which reason do you think you'd be most likely to avoid inviting the ex-convict and his family to stay with you?
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How can you grow in your love for others? Be specific.
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One thing Francis mentioned in the study guide was the importance of serving out of joy, and not obligation. How joyful are you? Why? What needs to change?
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Hypocrisy is prevalent in the church. How can you guard against it?
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Take some time to go before the Lord and ask for His wisdom. Don't rush into leading others if your motives aren't right. If it's fame and affirmation you are after, wait until God does a work in your heart. As Francis wrote, "the job description of a disciple maker is the same as that of a disciple of Jesus Christ. It requires everything. It means following Jesus in every aspect of your life, pursuing Him with a wholehearted devotion. If you're not ready to lay down your life for Christ's sake, then you're not ready to make disciples. It's that simple."