2 - Living as the Church

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 2, Francis and David talk about the Western church's tendency toward individualism and what it really means to be the Church.

 

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) or for purchase from David C. Cook (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 2: Lesson 1 - Life in the Church can be downloaded here.

Let's begin!


 
Life in the Church


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




Francis and David both stressed the importance of being connected to a local church. In the study guide, they gave four reasons why people usually avoid making that commitment:

  • Frightened of mutual interdependence, submission, and accountability
  • Indecisive church "hopping"
  • Hurt in the past by people in a church
  • Don't see it as important

Do any of those four reasons speak to your situation? How would you counsel someone you are discipling if they gave you one of these four reasons for not wanting to be plugged into a local body of believers?
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Are you actively serving in a local church (not just attending, but serving)? Why or why not?
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Francis talked about one benefit of discipling in the context of a local church is that you have support, especially when the person you are discipling is dealing with something you haven't. Take a moment to consider your unique life story. Where has God equipped you to speak into other people's lives? In which areas might you need to find qualified help?
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There are no perfect churches, and probably everyone at some point in there lives get's discouraged or upset at their local church. But remember, the church was God's idea. We must be obedient and remain active in a local body. Not only does our service help others, but as Francis said, our own sanctification happens as we minister to others. Before moving on, take another look at the last paragraph in the study guide on page 53. Francis gives 3 important reasons why we must be actively involved in a local church.

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


The Local Church


In the last lesson, David Platt and Francis Chan talked about the importance of being connected to a local church. In Lesson 2 - The Local Church, Francis and David explore what a healthy local church is supposed to look like and how it should function.

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.



Being totally honest, how do the non-believing people in your community view your church? How did your church get this reputation?
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In the study guide, Francis talks about Jesus' prayer for His Church…that we be unified (John 17:20–23). It seems that 2,000 years later, the church in America isn't very unified. We have numerous denominations that don't often agree on some important issues. How can you and your church seek to be more unified with other believers in your community, even if you don't agree on every doctrinal issue? Is that important? Why or why not?
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When was the last time someone asked you about your faith? How did that conversation go? If it's been a really long time, consider why. What might need to change in your life?
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Take a moment to read John 13:34–35 again. Love is to be the trademark of every Christian and every church. David ended this video with a challenge to all of us. Take some time to really consider how you and your church can show patience, kindness, and love in very practical ways toward each other. Write out your ideas here.
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Up next, Part 2: Lesson 3 - The Global Church. Feel free to take a break and pick back up with this training later.


The Global Church


In the last lesson we looked at your particular church.  In Lesson 3 - The Global Church, Francis and David discuss the global mission of God's Church.

The study guide for Part 2: Lesson 3 - The Global Church can be downloaded here. Once you have completed the study guide for Lesson 3, watch the following video with Francis Chan and David Platt.




In the video and study guide, Francis and David mention four major ways that you can be involved in spreading the gospel worldwide:

  • Become a missionary and go to a foreign country.
  • Go on a short term missions trip.
  • Pray for missionaries around the world.
  • Support missionaries with your finances and other resources.

Which of these four are you currently involved in? How else might God be calling you to serve His global goal?
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David said, "When you get serious about the needs around the world, it opens up your heart to needs locally as well." How have you seen that played out in your own life and church? How might you create or encourage more opportunities for people in your church to get involved in the global church?
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David talked about how most Christians in America are some of the wealthiest people in the world. It's easy to look around and see people that have more than us, but compared to most of the world, we in America are rich. How are you using your finances to further God's Kingdom around the globe? Is God calling you to grow in this area of generosity? Why or why not?
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It can seem overwhelming at first. God's call for us to be involved in a local church, to be disciples that disciple others, and to be concerned and active in the global Church. But God will give us the strength to accomplish His mission for our lives. Take some time to pray, specifically for wisdom and courage, and then that God would open your eyes to the role He has planned for you.