Welcome to disciple making:
This series on disciple making is Booklet 1 – Essentials, which is part of the program
Transferable Cross Training (TCT) developed by Dr. Karl Payne. The purpose of TCT is to help equip men and
women to be effective disciple makers. The materials are field tested with various proof verses that can be
memorized, and each lesson is focused on transferability. It is our desire is for those who accept the challenge
of discipleship that, with or without a Bible and notes in hand, each individual who has taken the time to master
the concepts and principles in this series will have confidence to comfortably and biblically respond to common
questions and comments from friends or enemies of Christ. By God’s grace we can make a difference in eternity
by being actively involved in the most important job assignment entrusted to mankind. For more information
about TCT or obtaining the booklet series, see
Please remember that the uniqueness of this discipleship series is its simple transferability.
It is the expressed desire of the author that students actually use these materials after completing each
booklet, by sharing them with others in a manner consistent with
2 Timothy 2:2.
Do you have a family member that you don't like and don't love? How about someone who has moral values you find
repulsive? And of course it's easy to hate someone who has done something personally against you or a criminal.
Yet Jesus said the way the world would know we are His disciples is by our love for one another. What do you
do when you know there is someone (Christian or not) that you not only do not love, you don't even like them?
Here are some ideas:
1. God's Command:
"You have heard that it was said,"You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for them who persecute you."
Since God gave us this two-fold command, it must be according to His will.
2. God's Promise:
"And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that if we ask anything
according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the
requests which we have asked from Him." (1 John 5:14-15)
God will always answer prayers that are according to His will, because He has promised to
do so, and He cannot violate His character.
3. Man's Response:
By faith ask God to give you a genuine love and concern for this person(s). Remember,
obedience to God's commands is supposed to take priority over our personal feelings.
The ability to love is not dependent on you, but His promise to work through you.
Pray consistently for the well being of the individual(s). Consistent and genuine prayer will
help enable you to develop sacrificial Christian love for people who are not lovable.
4. Man's Assurance:
"yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief, but grew
strong in faith, giving glory to God, being fully assured that what He (God) has promised, He (God) was also able
to perform." (Romans 4:20-21)
Sarai looked inwardly, focusing upon her own circumstances and resources - she laughed.
Abraham looked up to the One who made the promise, understanding that when God makes a promise, He always
keeps it, regardless of the circumstances or resources - he believed.
5. Man's Personal Accountability:
We are responsible for our own actions and responses regardless of how others respond to us.
"If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men."
- Two commands - love and pray. (Matthew 5:43-44)
- Two illustrations - one vertical and one horizontal.
- Two kinds of prayer - prayers that we know are according to God's expressed will
(1 John 5:14-15) and "God willing" prayers that may or may
not be according to God's will. (James 4:13-16)
- Obedience to God's expressed will must always take priority over subjective feelings.
Dr. Karl Payne, at heart, is an apologist who loves to train and
equip Christians for spiritual service and warfare (Eph.4:11-16). He enjoys preaching, writing and
retreat / conference / seminar speaking. He derives his greatest pleasure tackling the challenge of teaching
Christian workers, interns and budding preachers / teachers at both the Bible College and Seminary levels.
In addition, he has co-authored two books: A just Defense and Cross Training through
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