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If you were part of the Multiply Gathering in Austin last month, you may remember an analogy that Francis used to illustrate what happens when we add to the gospel. What he ended up with was the drink pictured blow.

It’s an ugly concoction that’s hard to look at and even harder to drink. It used to be juice, made solely of fruits and vegetables. But simply by adding stuff that we find appealing – whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and Skittles – what began as healthy and refreshing quickly became unappetizing and impure. The juice in the picture to the left is now unrecognizable, if it even qualifies as juice at all.

This is what becomes of the gospel when we try to spice it up with our own “words of eloquent wisdom.” 1 Corinthians 1:17 tells us that when we do this, we can actually empty the cross of its power. That’s why, in 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, Paul resolved to preach nothing but the simple gospel: Jesus’ death on the cross.

The death of Jesus hardly seems appealing to fleshly eyes. In fact, reading 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 makes it clear that, like a child who hates healthy vegetable juice, the lost will naturally see our gospel message as foolishness. So it’s okay if preaching it makes us feel uncomfortable. But we must preach it. And though people may like Skittles, throwing some in a glass of vegetable juice actually ruins the once healthy and refreshing drink. Likewise, adding to the gospel in an attempt to make the cross more appealing actually serves to empty the cross of its inherent power. For we know that this gospel, and this gospel alone, is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Rm 1:16).

To watch this illustration from the November Gathering, begin listening here at time marker 1:14:33.

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Energizer BunnyWe hope you’ve seen the Lord work in and through you in this past year as you’ve sought to teach someone else what it means to follow Christ. As you’ve probably noticed, making disciples is both rewarding and challenging. You may even feel like you need to recharge your batteries in this important area. If so, we’ve got good news: the next Multiply live stream is quickly approaching!

We’re coming together on November 8 to encourage one another to continue to obey Christ’s command to His church to make disciples. While the purpose of the night is the same as last year’s Gathering, the content will be different this year, so be sure you make plans to participate again. If you’ve led someone to the Lord in this past year, or if you’ve been building up a new believer in the faith, then invite that person to join in the live stream on Friday, November 8. Once again, it’s free, so make plans now and register.

Remember, the goal of Multiply is to make disciples who make disciples. Use this upcoming live stream as an encouragement and a challenge to continue making the gospel known. Also, if you know other believers who need to hear about the importance of making disciples, invite them to join you. We want as many people as possible leading others to follow Christ.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…”

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