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Posted on April 27th, 2015 by David Burnette
Why should it matter to us that a man who lived approximately two thousand years before Christ simply believed God’s promise? Here’s one all-important reason taken from the Multiply material under the section titled “The Faith of Abraham” (169-171):
The New Testament makes a big deal out of the faith of Abraham. And rightly so. In Genesis 15, Abraham stood before God and voiced his confusion over God’s promise to make him into a great nation. Abraham said to God, “You’ve made these promises [back in Genesis 12], but I have absolutely no offspring. I have only a servant in my household to be my heir.” God responded by bringing him outside and telling him to look toward the heavens and count the stars, if he was able to number them. And then God said, “So shall your offspring be.”
And what did Abraham say in response to this? Nothing. Genesis 15 doesn’t record a single word from Abraham in response. It seems that he was speechless. But the Bible does tell us one important thing about Abraham’s response: Abraham believed God. God made a huge promise that seemed impossible, and Abraham simply took God at His word. He believed it would happen just as God said. And then Genesis 15 adds a very significant comment: “He believed the LORD, and He counted it to him as righteousness” (v. 6). His simple belief in God’s promise was “credited to him” as righteousness. He was declared to be in a right relationship with God because of his faith.
Romans 4 adds an incredible commentary on this statement and applies it to those of us who follow Jesus today:
The words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. (vv. 23–25)
Paul was saying that Genesis 15:6 was written down for our sake so that we would believe in the Jesus who died to pay for our sins and the God who raised Him from the dead. Abraham lived some four thousand years before Jesus came to the earth, but he was declared righteous because he believed what God said about what He would do through Abraham’s descendant, Jesus Christ. We live some two thousand years after Jesus came to the earth, but we are declared righteous when we believe what God says about what He has done through Abraham’s descendant, Jesus Christ.
Through Abraham, God set into motion His plan to redeem the world by creating a people for Himself. And ultimately He would send His Son Jesus Christ, Abraham’s descendant, to set the world to rights. We will discuss Jesus much more in future sessions, but for now, it’s important to see the plan as it develops with Abraham.
In the video below, David Platt and Francis Chan encourage pastors to lead their local churches in making disciples. Before encouraging their church members in this way, they must prioritize disciple making in their own life. Far from being just another thing to check off their already-too-long-lists, when they give themselves to personally making disciples, true peace will follow.
To utilize the Multiply material mentioned in the video, go to MultiplyMovement.com and click on the Material tab. You can purchase hard copies of the material wherever books are sold.
Posted on October 16th, 2014 by David Burnette
How can the Old Testament sacrificial system, which Christians no longer participate in, enrich our understanding of salvation in Christ?
“This is the best news in the world: God invites humanity into relationship with Him. However, as God makes covenants with people, it creates a serious tension. After all, isn’t it impossible for a holy God to stay connected to sinful people? At this point in the biblical storyline some important questions develop. Will God need to lower His standards? (Could He lower His standards even if He wanted to?) Will God’s people be able to live sinless lives so they can enjoy God’s presence?
Of course, the answer to these questions is no. God would never and could never lower His standards or diminish His holiness. And since the fall, human beings are incapable of living sinless lives and enjoying God’s presence on the basis of their own moral purity. So if God is going to bind Himself to human beings, something has to be done about the sin that inevitably enters the lives of the people of God.
God’s solution for the problem of sin is sacrifice.
Most Christians today understand that when Jesus died, He was serving as a sacrifice on our behalf. What many don’t understand, however, is the major role that sacrifice played in the Old Testament. Most Christians today understand that Jesus’s death on the cross paid for our sins and allowed us to have a relationship with God. But we rarely consider that Jesus’s death was the culmination of a larger story of sin and sacrifice that develops throughout the Old Testament. Only when we understand the Old Testament sacrifices can we see how the Old and New Testaments dovetail perfectly into one amazing story. Jesus didn’t decide on a whim that the problem of sin could be solved by dying on a cross; the Old Testament sacrificial system demanded a sacrifice for sin, and Jesus offered Himself as the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.”
Posted on October 6th, 2014 by Jonathan
From the 2012 Multiply Gathering in San Francisco. View the whole Gathering HERE.
Posted on July 22nd, 2014 by Jonathan
In his a recent article titled, “The Great Commission Means Sharing Christ’s Story, Not Yours,” Trevin Wax cautions us against the popular tendency to emphasize what Christ has done in our lives at the expense of sharing what Christ has done in history, namely, his death and resurrection. While this notion that evangelism cannot be equated with sharing your personal testimony is not popular with many, it seems to us that Wax’s article is appropriate and timely. Here’s why:
- The gospel we are to preach is not essentially the good news of how you have been changed. Rather, it is the good news of how God saves. If we are to proclaim the gospel throughout the world (which we are), then we ought to be clear on what the gospel is … and it is not ultimately about you. Jesus is the object of our faith, and thus, the focal point of the gospel. As the article pointed out, the apostles’ witness primarily dealt with who they saw Christ was and what they saw Christ do. That’s why when Paul wrote about delivering what was “of first importance,” he centered on Jesus’ death and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15: 3-5), not his Damascus Road experience.
- Only the gospel call confronts someone with their need to repent and trust in Jesus for salvation. Good stories may make people feel good. Accounts of personal change can inspire others to be more moral. Sharing how Jesus has saved you may even show someone a good example of repentance and faith. But we must also call people to it. J.I. Packer says that “evangelism is the issuing of a call to turn, as well as to trust; it is the delivering, not merely of a divine invitation to receive a Savior, but of a divine command to repent of sin. And there is no evangelism where this specific application is not made” (Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, 43-44).
If we are clear on what evangelism is (and isn’t), it is easy to see that Wax was dead on when he said sharing your story must not be confused with sharing Christ’s. Don’t mistake this for an academic exercise in semantics, though. This article needed to be written. It shows many of us that we may not have had as good an understanding of evangelism as we may have thought, or else hits at the heart of our own sinful tendencies to shy away from proclaiming the whole gospel.
Isn’t it easy, when it comes down to it, to share your story as a mere alternative to someone else’s? “Thanks for sharing your experience and resulting worldview; now let me share mine” … the Great Commission is not a call swap ideas. It isn’t fun to confront people with a message that says: “You’re wrong and headed to eternal punishment because of it. You need so stop what you’re doing and start trusting in Jesus.” But at the end of the day, ignorant non-swimmers headed to the deep end of the pool won’t care care if you embarrass or offend them when you stop them from diving to their death … and for that matter neither will you. Yet in evangelism, it’s all too easy, whether through a story or some other approach, to fall short of warning people of the danger they’re in because it would be uncomfortable to do so.
You may use your story to give some handles to what repentance and faith looks like. You may use your story to segue into Christ’s. But your story in and of itself is definitively not evangelism. So to close, here are some good summary statements of what evangelism is:
“Evangelism is teaching the gospel with the aim to persuade.” J. Mack Stiles, Evangelism, 26
“According to the New Testament, evangelism is just preaching the gospel, the evangel. It is a work of communication in which Christians make themselves mouthpieces for God’s message of mercy to sinners.” J.I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, 45
“Evangelism is telling people the wonderful truth about God, the great news about Jesus Christ.” Mark Dever, The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, 82
To sum it all up . . .
“The content of our message is Christ and God, not our journey to faith. Our personal testimony may be included, but witnessing is more than reciting our spiritual autobiography. Specific truths about a specific person are the subject of our proclamation. A message has been committed to us–a word of reconciliation to the world (2 Cor 5:19).” Will Metzger, Tell the Truth, 55
Posted on November 6th, 2013 by Jonathan
David Platt and Francis Chan are teaming up again to encourage people to make disciples who make disciples. Multiply 2013 will be shown via live stream from Austin, TX this Friday night, starting at 6 central. This year’s Gathering will consist of some encouraging stories, some good Bible teaching on disciple-making, a charge to obedience, and prayer for the lost.
So how do you get in on all this? Simply take 60 seconds to REGISTER, and you can watch from your computer on Friday night. Grab some friends, your family, or members of your church to join. If 6pm central doesn’t work for you, you can even delay it using the “DVR” feature. And if dollars are tight, it’s FREE. In other words, it doesn’t look like you have a good excuse.
Posted on October 15th, 2013 by David Burnette
David Platt & Francis Chan from Asia with an invitation to be a part of the Multiply live stream on November 8th:
You can register for the Multiply livestream here.
Posted on October 11th, 2013 by Jonathan
All believers are called to make disciples, and this is why we gather for Multiply. However, the context in which making disciples occurs doesn’t always look the same. This reality could not be pictured more starkly than it is in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that exists between North and South Korea.
Recently, Francis and David got the opportunity to visit the DMZ, and they talk about this experience in the first video below. For most of the world, this is as close as you can come to North Korea and the immense amount of suffering taking place within. World Watch List lists North Korea as the most difficult country on earth to be a Christian. On the other hand, South Korea contains large numbers of professing Christians, though like the American context, the church there faces its own challenges, including materialism and shallow discipleship.
In the first video below, David and Francis urge us to love and pray for those just across the border in North Korea, waging spiritual battle on their behalf. In the second video, David leads us in a prayer that the gospel would go forth in this hostile and dark land.
Posted on October 7th, 2013 by David Burnette
Multiply Asia is underway, and we want you guys to partner with us in prayer as Francis and David encourage believers on the other side of the world to make disciples who make disciples. Their schedule is packed, and they need support, so here are some ways you can be praying for them over the next week:
Travel – 3 countries in just over 1 week! Pray for their safety, for ease of travel (getting through airport security, no flight delays, etc.), and for rest from their almost nonstop itinerary and jet lag.
Speaking – Francis and David will be speaking before thousands throughout the trip. Pray for their messages to be clear, motivating, and most of all, God-glorifying. And pray for energy, especially on Sunday the 6th, when they will be speaking at a combined 9 services.
Relationships – Pray that the Lord would bless the relationships that Francis and David have with church leaders in Asia, both old and new. May these relationships result in the multiplication of disciples worldwide.
Disciples – Pray that more are made! At the same time, pray that existing disciples in Asia will be spurred on to spend their life making disciples… if not for the first time, then more than ever before.
As you pray, keep your eyes peeled for updates on the blog from the team in Asia. May God accomplish things through Multiply Asia that no man or group of men could ever accomplish alone!
Posted on October 3rd, 2013 by Eric Parker
An invitation from Pastor David to join us in the Multiply livestream on November 8, 2013. Register here:
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