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In this blog, I provide teaching and training on how to be fruitful and multiply.

As the Scripture says, "God blessed them; and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'" (Gen 1:28)

Some of the topics covered include multiplication, fullness, being a witness for Jesus, being a fisher of men, making disciples, the popularity of the gospel, and the importance of receiving the Holy Spirit to be a powerful witness for Christ.

Multiplication Being a Witness for Christ Give Me Children or I'll Die!
Multiplication Illustrations Evangelism only for the Healthy? Be a Star for Jesus
Fullness Popularity of the Gospel The Jesus Film Project
International Impact of Pentecost Here I Am, Send Me Now is the Day of Salvation
Fishers of Men - the 419 series Life Transformation Groups The Sin of Silence
Confrontational Evangelism Rescue Souls! What is That in Your hand?

Attribution notice: Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

You may also access my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Multiplication Illustrations

Linen seed
As a supplement to my article on Multiplication, I would like to present the following illustrations to help you see the power of multiplication with regard to making disciples and church growth.

Illustration 1 – Each One Reaches One, Each Church Plants One
In the table below, we begin with twelve disciples on the left side in 2016. And if each one reaches one person per year, then the number of disciples doubles each year, so that at the end of fifteen years there are 196,608 disciples.

Likewise on the right-hand column (which has no direct correlation to the middle column), we see what would happen if each church planted one church each year. The number of churches would double each year, resulting in 16,384 churches at the end of fifteen years.



Multiplication Factor of Two

Year
Number of disciples
Multiplication factor
Number of churches
1
2016
                            12
2
                               1
2
2017
                            24
2
                               2
3
2018
                            48
2
                               4
4
2019
                            96
2
                               8
5
2020
                          192
2
                              16
6
2021
                          384
2
                              32
7
2022
                          768
2
                              64
8
2021
                       1,536
2
                            128
9
2022
                       3,072
2
                            256
10
2023
                       6,144
2
                            512
11
2024
                     12,288
2
                         1,024
12
2025
                     24,576
2
                         2,048
13
2026
                     49,152
2
                         4,096
14
2027
                     98,304
2
                         8,192
15
2028
                    196,608
2
                       16,384













                                Multiplication Factor of Three

Year
Number of disciples
Multiplication factor
Number of churches
1
2016
                            12

                               1
2
2017
                            36

                               3
3
2018
                          108

                               9
4
2019
                          324

                              27
5
2020
                          972

                              81
6
2021
                       2,916

                            243
7
2022
                       8,748

                            729
8
2021
                     26,244

                         2,187
9
2022
                     78,732

                         6,561
10
2023
                    236,196

                       19,683
11
2024
                    708,588

                       59,049
12
2025
                 2,125,764

                      177,147
13
2026
                 6,377,292

                      531,441
14
2027
               19,131,876

                   1,594,323
15
2028
               57,395,628

                   4,782,969


In the second table above, we begin with twelve disciples on the left side in 2016. And if each one reaches two persons per year, then the number of disciples triples each year, so that at the end of fifteen years there are 57,395,628.

Likewise on the right-hand column, we see what would happen if each church planted two churches each year, then the number of churches would triple each year, resulting in 4,782,969 churches at the end of fifteen years.

Illustration 2 – A Penny Doubled
Would you rather have $1 Million now or take a penny and double it every day for 30 days? Once you have answered that question, take a look at the table below.


Day Number
Amount at
Beginning of Day
Amount at
End of Day
1
$0.01
$0.02
2
$0.02
$0.04
3
$0.04
$0.08
4
$0.08
$0.16
5
$0.16
$0.32
6
$0.32
$0.64
7
$0.64
$1.28
8
$1.28
$2.56
9
$2.56
$5.12
10
$5.12
$10.24
11
$10.24
$20.48
12
$20.48
$40.96
13
$40.96
$81.92
14
$81.92
$163.84
15
$163.84
$327.68
16
$327.68
$655.36
17
$655.36
$1,310.72
18
$1,310.72
$2,621.44
19
$2,621.44
$5,242.88
20
$5,242.88
$10,485.76
21
$10,485.76
$20,971.52
22
$20,971.52
$41,943.04
23
$41,943.04
$83,886.08
24
$83,886.08
$167,772.16
25
$167,772.16
$335,544.32
26
$335,544.32
$671,088.64
27
$671,088.64
$1,342,177.28
28
$1,342,177.28
$2,684,354.56
29
$2,684,354.56
$5,368,709.12
30
$5,368,709.12
$10,737,418.24

As you can see in the illustration above if your penny doubles each day, you begin with one penny on day one, but by the end of 30 days, you have $10,737,418.24. That's almost eleven million dollars! So you end up with much more money by doubling a penny each day than if you settle for the one million dollars on day one.

You see, if you take the one million dollars on day one, you are simply adding that amount one time. But if you multiply instead of adding, and you are willing to wait for 30 days, then you end up doing much better in the end.

Think of how this applies to making disciples. Would you rather just add 100 disciples on day one, or would you rather start with one or two disciples and multiply them each year?

Illustration 3 - Minimum Fruitfulness Level
Jesus taught that the minimum fruitfulness level for those who accept the Word is 30-fold increase, or 3000%.

He said: "The sower sows the word. These are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word, which has been sown in them. In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold." (Mar 4:14-20)

While the Lord taught that some will have a hundredfold increase, we know that not everyone is going to achieve that level. But what would it be like if every disciple had at least a 30-fold increase every year? The entire world would be reached with the gospel in 7 years, as the table below illustrates.

30-fold Increase or 3,000%


Year Number of disciples Multiplication Factor
1 2016 12 3000%
2 2017 360 3000%
3 2018 10,800 3000%
4 2019 324,000 3000%
5 2020 9,720,000 3000%
6 2021 291,600,000 3000%
7 2022 8,748,000,000 3000%

The chart above illustrates that you could begin with twelve disciples and have 8.7 billion disciples at the end of seven years.

Illustration 4 - One Out of Four Disciples Fruitful
But as we see in the passage above, the Lord taught that not all the seeds would even bear any fruit at all. There were the ones sown beside the road, the ones sown on rocky places, and the ones sown among thorns that all failed to bear any fruit for the Lord. Only the ones sown on good soil became fruitful. He said that only "the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil...hear the word and accept it and bear fruit..." (Mar 4:20)

Therefore, some believe Jesus taught in this passage that only one out of every four seeds sown would bear fruit, while the other three would not last.  I believe there is a lot of truth to that, and my experience has proven that very few of those in whom the seed of the Word is sown actually bear any fruit. In my estimation, it seems like a small percentage ever bear fruit, and it's easy for me to believe that it could be 25% or less. So let’s apply that assumption to our previous illustration above. This time we will only allow one out of every four disciples to bear any fruit, and they will only bear 30-fold increase, not the maximum 100-fold increase that is actually possible.

In the following table, the middle column represents the number of disciples at the beginning of each year, but due to attrition as the Lord described, we retain only one-fourth of those disciples at the end of each year. We will call them the remnant. However, since the remnant are multiplying at a rate of 3,000 percent or thirty-fold, there will still be an increase by the beginning of the following year. Observe the growth that would still occur:

30-fold Increase or 3,000%

Year Number of disciples
at Beginning of Year
Fruitful Disciples
by End of Year
(1 out of 4)
1 2016 12 3
2 2017 90 23
3 2018 675 169
4 2019 5,063 1,266
5 2020 151,875 37,969
6 2021 1,139,063 284,766
7 2022 8,542,969 2,135,742
8 2023 64,072,266 16,018,066
9 2024 480,541,992 120,135,498
10 2025 3,604,064,941 901,016,235
11 2026 27,030,487,061 6,757,621,765
12 2027 202,728,652,954 50,682,163,239

By the end of eleven years (2026) there would be 6.7 billion disciples, as the chart above illustrates. Since the earth's entire population is about 7 billion people, then if this sort of multiplication occurred, there could potentially be as many disciples as there are people on the planet before the end of the twelfth year (2027).

Putting it All Together
I hope that these simple illustrations have helped you understand that the Lord wants us to multiply and not add. I hope I've given you a vision and a passion for multiplication. Every disciple must be making disciples, thus multiplying themselves. As each one is being fruitful and multiplying, all the people in the world will ultimately be reached in a relatively short period of time. They would all have an opportunity to hear the gospel and either become one of the three seeds that bear no fruit at all, or become one of the seeds sown on good soil that bears fruit thirty, sixty, or a hundredfold.

This is why our ministry, Doulos Missions International, places such a great emphasis on each believer becoming a disciple and then multiplying disciples. Our goal is not to fill buildings with believers, but to make disciples. After all, this is what Jesus commanded us, saying to go and make disciples of all the nations.

Attribution Notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

Author's note: If you would like to be equipped to become a multiplying disciple for God's glory, please consider enrolling in our international Doulos Training School. You are invited to read Multiplication, The Kingdom of God is Like This, Being a Witness for Christ, The Sin of Silence, Give Me Children or I'll Die!, Baptized with the Spirit, and Covenant Prayer. You may find more articles about being fruitful and multiplying on the Home Page of this blog. You may also find my collection of blogs at Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
_________________________________________________

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.