We’re live here at the Multiply Gathering. This is David Burnette, and I’ll be updating you throughout the night with what’s going on and what’s being said here at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL.
I’ll break the evening up into several posts. You can also check out Grace’s live-blog of the evening here.
Also, you can follow the evening via Twitter & Facebook:
Twitter: @GoMultiply and @FollowRadical
Facebook: facebook.com/GoMultiply and facebook.com/Radical.net
The Welcome for the Multiply Gathering is being given by Todd Proctor, pastor of Rock Harbor in Costa Mesa, California. We are estimating that up to 100,000 people in 100 countries are participating.
Todd is leading the Gathering in a word of prayer as we begin.
Aaron Keyes and his band are leading the Gathering to worship the Lord in song. The believers gathered, as well as believers participating around the world via simulcast, are praising the Lord with the following songs:
“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
“In Christ Alone”
“Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble?”
Francis Chan is now preparing to teach by leading the Gathering in prayer. He is kneeling in prayer and weeping, asking the Lord for courage to make disciples. And that the name of Jesus might be praised.
Francis is talking about his desire to see something happen like what we see in Acts 4:23-31. He is recounting his meeting with David Platt, and how the Lord has put the same message about making disciples on their hearts.
In light of Jesus’ authority and His command to make disciples in Matt 28:18-20, it is a sobering thought to think of appearing before Him without having discipled anyone. Yet, Francis is admitting, sharing your faith is hard. He would rather do a number of things – preach, counsel, etc. – but sharing the gospel is not easy. No one likes getting rejected.
The thought of going to someone and offending them is scary. But God our Creator has said to go and make disciples. It makes no sense, if we believe what we say we believe, not to say something to unbelievers.
Can we be honest and say that we have ditched our responsibility? The idea with Multiply is that we would gather and get courage from one another, to stir one another up. The last thing we want is to walk away thinking, “Wow, that was really convicting.” The rich young ruler walked away sad (Luke 18:18ff) Then in Luke 19 Zacchaeus walked away changed. We want to be changed like Zacchaeus.
We want tonight to be a night of repentance. Like the message of John the Baptist. And Peter. And others. We want to experience the joy of repentance. Don’t you want to have that much courage, that much love? I would love to think at the end of my life I would be willing to be rejected, hurt, etc. for the cause of Christ. We want to be able to say with Paul that we did not shrink from declaring the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:26-27).
We want, on the last day, to be found faithful. We want to be of one mind in this task.
Francis: I just want us to be on our faces before God, asking God for strength. Might God look down at people who are genuinely looking to Him and bless them. Might that be us.
He is calling for a time of prayer and confession – confessing why we have been fearful of making disciples. He is calling people, if they choose, to be on their knees confessing their sins and weaknesses to the Lord. Things that they have been scared to give up.
The entire room is praying. And presumably many more in churches, homes, computer screens, and elsewhere.
Francis is closing with prayer for God to break us and give us new courage. We can’t do this by trying harder.
Aaron Keyes is leading in a time of worship and confession with
“Sovereign Over Us”
“Crown HIm with Many Crowns”
–Crown Him you kings with many crowns, for He is Lord of all.
Francis is closing by praying over David Platt, who will speak next.