Throughout the Multiply series the TSI will be offering resources to help you further understand God’s economy of multiplication and your place in it. This will include weekly study guides, further reading on specific topics, and articles from our staff. Continue to check back weekly as new resources will be added on a regular basis.
Before you begin your study please take a moment to read this explanation of multiplication theology from TSI Director of Cultural Engagement, Eric Stortz:
The first week’s guide walks us through God’s covenant with Abraham to show us how God desires to bless his people.
Here is the guide for week 1: Multiply Week 1
Here is the full guide: Multiply Book PDF
At the end of the first week’s small group guide there are several articles suggested for further reading. Below we have provided direct links to those articles as well as brief descriptions of their content.
How Could God Ask That, Nancy Guthrie: This is an explanation of how many stories in the Bible seem like God is being cruel or unfair. Abraham is asked to sacrifice Isaac, God leaves Jacob with a limp, etc. Guthrie explains how these are not stories to inspire us to the same sacrifice but examples that point us to how God has already sacrificed for us.
5 Errors of the Prosperity Gospel, David Jones: This article breaks down five theological areas where the prosperity preachers manipulate and twist Scripture to mean something that it does not when put in proper context. Jones helps us identify where these errors happen so that we will not be led astray by false teachers, and that we can properly interpret the economy of God.
Creation, Fall, Redemption- and Your Money, Tim Keller: In this article Keller examines what Scripture says about money in the sense of how it affects our worldview. He begins with the philosophical implications of how we see wealth in light of Scripture and then moves into practical questions of how these ideas work themselves out in daily life.
The guide for week 2 explains how the story of Joseph teaches us to trust God by leveraging every aspect of our lives for his mission.
Here is the guide for week 2: Multiply Week 2
Further reading for week 2:
The Gospel and Work: Pastor J.D. has a complete sermon series on how to leverage your work for the spread of the Gospel. You will find the collection in the link provided.
Every Good Endeavor, By Tim Keller: Tim Keller wrote an entire book on how we see our jobs and everyday lives through the lens of the Gospel. The link we have provided will take you to a review of this book on the Gospel Coalition website so you can get feel for it’s content and decide if it should be the next book on your reading list.
The guide for week 3 walks us through a portion of 2 Corinthians to show us what the Scripture means when is says “generous in every way.”
Here is the guide for week 3: Multiply week 3
Further reading for week 3:
Three Ways the Gospel Changes Our Generosity, by J.D. Greear: In this article Pastor J.D. take a look at 2 Corinthians 5 and outlines several of the ways we change in regard to generosity when we have had a personal experience with the Gospel.
Should I Give to My Local Church… Or to Other Ministries, by J.D. Greear: Pastor J.D. examines the question of when and how to give in regard to the local church. He weighs the options of allocating your giving between ministries, giving where you don’t attend, or directing the entirety of your donation to your local church.
How to Identify and Redeem Your “Money Motivators,” by Chad S. Hamilton: This article take a look at our internal motivations for how we give and spend money. Hamilton examines these motivations in the light of our typical idols and through the lens of Matthew 6.
The guide for week 4 takes a deeper look at the word of Jesus in Mark chapter 10. Jesus gives one of the clearest explanations of divine multiplication in this passage as he deals with various groups and their view of the kingdom.
Here is the guide for week 4: Multiply week 4
Further reading for week 4:
Gaining by Losing, by J.D. Greear: In Gaining By Losing, J.D. Greear unpacks ten kingdom principles—plumb lines—that you can use to realign your life’s priorities around God’s mission to reach a lost world. To see ministry multiply, we must release the seeds God has placed in our hands. The good news is that you don’t need to choose between gathering or sending. Effective churches can, and must, do both.
Jesus Makes Up for Every Sacrifice, by John Piper (and David Mathis): In this article John Piper takes a deeper look at the discourse between Peter and Jesus at the end Mark chapter 10. Piper gets directly in the implications of Jesus reply to Peter and what it means for our lives.
9 Questions to Help You Steward All of Your Life for God’s Glory, by Brad Hambrick: In this article Pastor Brad Hambrick gives us 9 diagnostic questions to help look beyond finances and assess how we are leveraging our whole life for the Kingdom of God. Thesis an excellent resource for use and you are praying through any commitment you are making during the Multiply season.
In this weeks guide we look at the story of Jesus healing a blind man, questions about sin, and how God can use every circumstance to multiply our worship of him.
Here is the guide for week 5:Multiply week 5
The guide for the final week takes a look at Paul’s letter to the Colossians and sets for a big picture of Christ and what he has done for us. Through Paul’s charge we see how the Gospel itself can be multiplies through evangelism.
Here is the guide for week 6: Multiply Week 6
Further reading for week 6:
That Awkward Moment When We Speak the Gospel, by Ken Currie: This article is a guide to thinking through and dealing with the awkwardness that sometimes goes along with personal evangelism. Though it may be difficult God put the task there for us to do, and by thinking rightly we can overcome our fear.
How to Create a Culture of Evangelism, by Mack Stiles: This article details how to create a culture of personal evangelism within a church community. Mack Stiles shows us how to get rid of programmatic thinking and embrace evangelism as a lifestyle and a spiritual discipline.
Just Walk Across the Room, by Bill Hybels: This book by Bill Hybels gives us practical steps to engaging in personal evangelism without simply treating it as a checklist or a burden.