Mentoring Monday: Multiply Gathering with Francis Chan & David PlattAshley Chesnut
If you were unable to attend or watch the simulcast of the Multiply Gathering this past weekend, visit this site to watch the webcast and to download the Multiply material.
Friday & Saturday night, thousands of people gathered at churches, homes, and other venues to participate in the Multiply Gathering and to learn more about disciple-making. Here's a recap of what David & Francis shared at the gathering.
Who doesn't want to be part of something that can only be explained as the hand of God? This is the only explanation for the explosive growth of the church in Acts, and Acts 4:23-31 describes believers desperately praying for boldness and for power to proclaim the gospel. But let's be real - sharing your faith is hard. However, in light of Christ's command to make disciples (Matt. 28:19-20), do you really want to appear before Him and be found unfaithful? Having personally experienced God's gift of salvation should motivate us to tell others of His gracious and merciful gift, so it makes no sense for us to keep the gospel to ourselves and to ditch our responsibility. Don't you want to be found faithful? Don't you want for the lost people in your family, your workplace, your classrooms, your neighborhoods, and around the world to know Christ as Lord and Savior?
Take time to confess and repent of apathy and fear with regard to sharing the gospel, and pray for boldness and for the hearts of those around you who need to know the good news and the One who offers it to them. I don't know about you, but I want to be able to join the Apostle Paul in proclaiming, "for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God" (Acts 20:27).
What hinders you from sharing the gospel with others?
(For David's outline from this portion of the evening, visit this site)
"As Christians and as the church, if we're going to be good at anything, it needs to be making disciples." -Platt
In Matthew 28, Christ begins the Great Commission with a reminder of His authority (v. 18) and a reassurance of His presence. Even though Christ issues a costly command to make disciples, He goes with us and His Spirit empowers us to obey His commands to share the Word, show the Word, teach the Word, and serve the world. How wonderful to know that the mission of Christ is not based on us or our abilities but on who He is and what He is able to do! Scripture demonstrates that the Great Commission is not for a select few to obey; Christ calls all believers - whatever your vocation - to make disciples.
"You will plateau in your relationship with Christ unless you begin leading others to follow Christ." -Platt
(During this portion of the gathering, Todd Proctor moderated a conversation about discipleship with David and Francis. Watch the webcast at this site in order to hear what they discussed.)
Challenge & Commission
The Challenge: Make a list of people whom God has placed in your life with whom you can share the gospel, who do not have making disciples on their radar, and whom you could pour into. Diligently pray for these people, asking God to work in their hearts, and be faithful in investing in them.
If you would like free resources to aid you as you make disciples, visit this site to watch coaching videos and to download the Multiply Material. The downloaded resources can also be purchased in book form.