5 - Multiply, Part 5 - Understanding the New Testament featuring Francis Chan and David Platt

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 5, Francis and David look to the New Testament and discuss how God fulfilled His promises to Abraham and King David through Jesus Christ and the significance Jesus has for humanity and the entire world.

 

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. Please note, Part 5 has six lessons. 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 5: Lesson 1 - Jesus the Messiah can be downloaded here.

Let's begin!


 
Jesus the Messiah


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



If you have not done so, take the time to read through this lesson in the study guide. As we understand more about how Jesus fulfills the promises in the Old Testament and what the Jews were expecting in their Messiah, it helps bring the story of Jesus' earthly life in the Gospels to life. Imagine you were a Jew in the first century. How do you think you would have reacted to Jesus? Was He what you were expecting?
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How does the way Jesus lived inform the way we should live in this world? Do you think Christians should be as counter-cultural, fascinating, and polarizing as Jesus was (and is)?
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Take some time this week to discuss what Jesus' invitation to "follow me" means with those you lead. Have you counted the cost? Do you really understand who offered that invitation? How do you make sure it's about relationship and not religion?
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Francis closed this video by reminding us what a privilege and honor it is to be used by God to make disciples. It's easy to get weary, but take some time to thank God for using you. How might you be reenergized this week, knowing that you have the honor of experiencing the presence and fellowship of God?
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Up next, Part 5: Lesson 2 - The Great Commission. Feel free to take a break and pick back up with this training later.


The Great Commission


Jesus' life, death, and resurrection should affect every day of your life. In Lesson 2 - The Great Commission, Francis and David talk about the mission of the Church and the mission of every disciple of Jesus Christ.

The study guide for Part 5: Lesson 2 - The Great Commission can be downloaded here. Once you have completed the study guide for Lesson 2, watch the following video with Francis Chan and David Platt.



Take a moment to answer David's question, "Is disciple making really happening?" Is the person you are discipling sharing this material with someone else? Why or why not?
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How does the Great Commission impact the way you look at your family, your friends, your career, and your community?
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Francis encouraged us to keep an "others" focus. It's so easy to get depressed or mired down with our own needs, but it's when we look outward to the needs of others that we really begin to see God's plan for our lives. Where has your focus been lately? How can you trust God with your needs and focus your energy on others? Who, specifically, can you reach out to this week?
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Leading other disciples isn't easy. It takes time and energy; it takes intentionality. Francis wrote in the study guide that "Satan, the world, and our sinful desires fight against our growth in the Christian life and the advance of the gospel." But we don't go on this adventure alone. Jesus has promised to go with us. So be brave, be courageous, and go about our King's business!

Up next, Part 5: Lesson 3 - The Spirit of God. Feel free to take a break and pick back up with this training later.


The Spirit of God


Do you feel desperate for the power of the Holy Spirit today?  In Lesson 3 - The Spirit of God, Francis and David talk about how every aspect of our salvation is dependent on Him.

The study guide for Part 5: Lesson 3 - The Spirit of God 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 consider the amazing miracle of God the Holy Spirit living in you! The very God that filled the tabernacle and the temple, now resides in each believer. How do you react to that? How does that reality impact your daily life?
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Have you talked about the Holy Spirit with those you are leading? How would you characterize their understanding of Him? Spend some time this week discussing the Holy Spirit with those you lead, and what it means to walk in step with Him.
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Francis encouraged us to spend some time in prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to guide us to what we'd do next. Do that now. What do you think He's leading you to do? Where does He want you to go?
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As you spend time with those you lead, consider purchasing and reading together Francis's book Forgotten God. You can purchase it by clicking here.

Up next, Part 5: Lesson 4 - The Early Church. Feel free to take a break and pick back up with this training later.


The Early Church


God chose to create the church and use it as His vehicle to further His mission on earth. In Lesson 4 - The Early Church, Francis and David look to the early New Testament church for clues as to what God expects of His church today.

The study guide for Part 5: Lesson 4 - The Early Church can be downloaded here. Once you have completed the study guide for Lesson 4, watch the following video with Francis Chan and David Platt.



How do you feel about your church? How do those you lead feel about the church? Make sure you take some time to talk about the necessity of the church with those you are discipling. Be prepared and open to hear some harsh criticism of experiences they've had in the past. But make sure you bring it around to the reason God said fellowship with other believers is vital to individual growth and the spread of the gospel.
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Francis and David talked about one benefit of community is that God has gifted different people with different skills and experiences, and when you work together, you are much more effective than when you work alone. How has God gifted you? How has He gifted those you lead? Is there an example of "two being stronger than one" that you can share with those you lead?
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David noted that a healthy church is a community of disciple makers, and not an audience of spectators. How would you classify your church (active in discipleship or spectators)? Why do you think that is?
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Francis and David both mentioned that the church is not the building, but it's the people of God in community. Spend some time discussing this distinction with those you lead this week. Be prepared to talk about the controversial topic of the resources the American church spends on facilities and church construction each year. 

Up next, Part 5: Lesson 5 - Good News for All Nations. Feel free to take a break and pick back up with this training later.


Good News for All Nations


How global is your vision for the spread of the gospel?  In Lesson 5 - Good News for All Nations, Francis and David talk about the gospel not just being for us, but that it's good news for everyone and it's the church's responsibility to bring that message to every people group in the world.

The study guide for Part 5: Lesson 5 - Good News for All Nations can be downloaded here. Once you have completed the study guide for Lesson 5, watch the following video with Francis Chan and David Platt.



It's hard for most of us who've lived in America to comprehend that over 6,000 people groups around the world have never heard the gospel. It's so easy to stay focused on our little corner of the world and miss the big picture. Take some time to pray about those people who have never heard. How can you get involved?
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Francis talked about the rampant prejudice that's still alive in the American church. How multicultural is your church? How multicultural is your community? How might God call you to be more inclusive of people from other ethnicities or backgrounds? Take some time talking about this with those you lead. Ask God to reveal to you any issues of prejudice that needs to be dealt with in your own lives.
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Francis suggested that instead of waiting for a strong calling to go share the gospel with and unreached people group, maybe we should go unless we hear a strong calling from the Lord to stay. How surrendered are you to the Lord's calling for your life? Are you willing to go anywhere for His purpose? Why or why not?
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Take some time this week to pray with those you lead. Ask for God's direction and courage. Ask for His passion for those who haven't heard about the good news of Jesus Christ. Be bold! 

 

Up next, Part 5: Lesson 6 - The End of the Story. Feel free to take a break and pick back up with this training later.


The End of the Story


How often do you meditate on the way the world will end?  In Lesson 6 - The End of the Story, Francis and David talk about the joy and confidence that should come from knowing the end of the story.

The study guide for Part 5: Lesson 6 - The End of the Story can be downloaded here. Once you have completed the study guide for Lesson 6, watch the following video with Francis Chan and David Platt.



I love how Francis and David get to the heart of the book of Revelation. It's so easy to get caught up in all the details and miss the clear overarching picture, that there will be heaven and blessing for those who follow Jesus, and hell and wrath for those who don't follow Jesus. Spend some time with those you lead really letting that reality soak in. How should that impact the way you live? How does it really, practically, impact your life? Are those two the same? Why or why not?
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Francis said that we should be "future focused" people, instead of living in the past. Examine your own life. How "future focused" are you? Do you live in the past, or does the hope of salvation and eternity with God permeate your life? What should change?
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If you haven't done so already, take some time to read the conclusion of the Multiply study guide. Francis outlines three action steps for you now that you've completed this material:

  • Make reading the Bible part of your every day life.
  • Don't let this be the end of your disciple making.
  • Find someone else to take through Multiply.

Spend some time with those you lead to challenge them in these three areas. How can you hold each other accountable?
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And personally, who can you work through this material with next?
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Nothing in life is more important that Jesus and His gospel. Let's be people, leaders, and a church that places a high value on discipleship. The impact will last forever.

He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen.

~Revelation 22:20–21