Building a Disciple Focused Church

Disciples Making Disciples


Dhati Lewis is the Lead Pastor at Blueprint Church in Atlanta. Blueprint focuses on discipleship and church planting and, in this lesson, Dhati teaches some of the things that his church does to accomplish both of these goals.



When Jesus called his disciples, it was not so that he could meet with them once in a while to drop off instruction. They followed him through every part of his life, and his invitation was to change them.

Matthew 4:18-22 (ESV)

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

18While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.19And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”20Immediately they left their nets and followed him.21And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them.22Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


When Dhati disciples another man, he invites him to live in his home. How does this challenge your view of discipleship? How can you increase your commitment to those whom you lead and instruct?
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What do most people in the church need in order to leverage their position to work at discipleship? How can we convince people they don't need seminary to become a disciple maker?
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The Life of the Gospel in the Church



The gospel-informed church is the one that puts its foundation completely on the person and work of Christ, and when churches function this way, they experience unity among their members.

James 1:9-10 (ESV)

9Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,10and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Does you church live in a way that encourages every member to move towards the middle ground of humility and dignity? If not, which is the greater tendency in your context? How can the people be taught to move in the direction that James instructs in this passage?
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Is your church a place where every member is equal at the foot of the cross? If not, who is shown favoritism and why? Or who is experiencing ridicule? How will your church become more like the community that Christ desires?
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Develop Church Planters


What do you think is going to be the ideal environment for discipleship in your home church's context?
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What does your church currently do to make disciples? How is this working? Is everyone in your church involved? What will encourage 100% participation?
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Why will work at discipleship now turn into church plants in the future? Explain the connection between the two.
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Dhati reminded us, "You can plant churches and not make disciples, but if you make disciples, you will plant churches." 

Spend some time in prayer over the thoughts you have written in this post regarding discipleship and church planting. May your church be richly blessed as you work to do both for Christ's name.