– Video Buy Bundle (for individual viewing) featuring Dhati Lewis. All 8 of these helpful video sessions are available to individuals as rent sessions. This 8-session Bible study explores eight movements in the Book of Matthew that will help believers create cultures of disciple making in their changing cities.
These video sessions are most effective when used with
Among Wolves Bible study book. Rent these sessions as a bundle for personal use or for times you can't be at the group Bible study sessions.
Developing Vision from Burden [12:39]
Pastor Dhati Lewis states that when churches place their confidence in man-made strategies instead of discovering what God intends for their particular congregations, they produce a copycat Christianity. If we want to see the person and work of Jesus made manifest among our communities, we must acknowledge our inability and, in humility and dependence, seek God’s vision for the way His story needs to intersect our story, our church’s story, and our city’s story.
Establishing Family [10:17]
The church isn’t
like family; it
is family. Pastor Dhati Lewis defines
church as the family of God, redeemed by Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit to bear one another’s burdens and to manifest His love to the world. If the church is going to function as a family in the community, its members must be rooted in their identity as the family of God and must understand the important role of family relationships in offering love, hope, and purpose to the lost people around them.
Entering the Mission [09:00]
As your church moves toward entering and engaging in mission, you’ll face temptation and suffering. Pastor Dhati Lewis points out that God will use these struggles to help your church grow in greater discipline and deeper dependence on the Father. Entering God’s mission wholly dependent on Him, exercising great discipline to further cultivate our dependency, is one of the wisest, healthiest positions we can be in as we enter the mission to which God has called us.
Framing Disciple Making [11:20]
In any community, individually and corporately, we must wrestle with the question, How are we cultivating life-on-life disciple making in our context? According to pastor Dhati Lewis, developing a disciple-making culture involves both relationship and change. Discipleship is our capacity to lovingly transmit and embody the life of Jesus through the lives of His followers.
A Call to Labor [12:05]
Pastor Dhati Lewis accuses today’s churches of taming the gospel by reducing Christianity to concerts, conferences, and church services, thereby minimizing the way people experience God. Jesus modeled what it means to be a compassionate shepherd who lived among the sheep. Like Him, our churches need to respond to our communities’ needs with a vulnerable presence that’s willing to sacrifice and suffer as we labor for the harvest.
Training from Service [10:11]
Pastor Dhati Lewis observes that Christians talk a lot about being fishers of men, but few of us actually go fishing for men. Training from service is important because it ensures that we aren’t content just to talk about disciple making, but we’re actually making disciples. Making disciples is a spiritual discipline. It doesn’t occur through osmosis or philosophy; it occurs while we’re actively pursuing it. Our churches must mobilize growing disciples to reproduce the life-on-life disciple making they’re experiencing.
Mobilizing Corporately for Mission [07:447]
The church is meant to be on the offensive, not the defensive. Jesus is building a church that’s going to mobilize as an army to attack the darkness of hell. Pastor Dhati Lewis explains that churches need to cultivate more unity—not uniformity—in our mission. Believers who rally around a vision and go on mission with Him must be committed to the person of Christ, the people of Christ, the mission, the gathering, and the cost.
Unleashing Disciple Makers [13:05]
When Jesus issued the Great Commission, He did so from a position of preeminence. Pastor Dhati Lewis emphasizes that believers must not only recognize the authority of the One who gave us the commission but must also understand the gravity of the commission itself. As those who’ve been sent, we should be making disciples. At the same time, we can rest in His sovereignty and in the promise of His presence and power.