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.
God commands us to walk filled with the Holy Spirit - Ephesians 5:17-18. What is the
filling of the Holy Spirit and why is it so important?
"So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for
that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit." (Ephesians 5:17-18)
The word translated "filled" in this verse has a variety of meanings, including: to fill, to complete, to fully possess,
to fully influence and to control. As wine can control, fill or possess a drunk, so the Spirit of God should control, fill or possess a
Christian. The results of this controlling, filling, or possessing should be just as obvious, although in this immediate parallelism, one
response represents a negative tragedy and the other a positive triumph.
All true believers have been baptized and sealed by the Holy Spirit at the the time of conversion
(1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9
Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 4:30).
These two events occur simultaneously and are dependent upon God's work for us whether we are conscious of it or not. It only happens
We are promised that when we walk controlled by the Holy Spirit, we can expect consistent victory over the flesh
(Galatians 5:16). Christians are in a daily battle between the Spirit and the flesh
(Galatians 5:17). When we fail to walk controlled by the Spirit, we can expect to
exhibit the fruit of being controlled by the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21). When we walk
controlled by the Spirit we can expect to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
16) But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
17) For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in
opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
18) But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.
19) Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,
20) idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,
21) envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have
forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23) gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
The Holy Spirit is to a Christian what a combustible engine is to a car. You can sit in the garage and look the part sitting on blocks,
but you will never move forward because there is no source of power. Too many religious people sit moth balled on blocks in their churches,
never moving forward because they do not belong to Christ and therefore do not have the Holy Spirit Rom.8:9. How important is it to walk
filled/controlled by the Holy Spirit? How important is it to continue growing spiritually 1 Corinthians 3:1-3?
"And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ.
I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are
still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?"
(1 Corinthians 3:1-3)
Here are some main points to keep in mind:
1. God's Command:
"And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit."
Since God has given the command we can safely assume this is 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)
3. Man's Response:
By faith in God and His work, ask God to fill and control your life, knowing that God always answers prayers that are
according to His will. Appropriate these truths by faith in God and His unchanging character.
4. Man's Assurance:
"And Abraham being fully assured that what He [God] has promised, He [God] was also able to perform."
Remember the same thing Abraham did when he was told he would have a son through Sarah after he and his wife were too
old to have children. God can always be trusted to keep His promises. The confident assurance Christians can have regarding the filling
and controlling of the Holy Spirit should ultimately be grounded upon God's promise rather than man's performance. Is it God's will that
Christians walk filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit according to Ephesians 5:18?
Has God promised to always answer prayers that are according to His will according to 1 John 5:14-15?
It's time to walk by faith, not by sight, remembering that faith is supposed to trump feelings if or when our faith and feelings are on
a collision course. Salvation from sin, assurance of salvation, forgiveness of sins, trials always working for the good, loving the
unlovable and the filling of the Holy Spirit are all ultimately based upon the fact of God's word and His ability to always keep His
promises, regardless of our personal performance or subjective feelings.
What are the evidences of a life controlled by the Holy Spirit?
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,
self-control; against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23)
What are the evidences of a life controlled by the flesh?
"But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its
desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things
that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality,
impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying,
drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarnd you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom
of God." (Galatians 5:16-21)
- The filling (controlling) of the Holy Spirit and the baptism of the Holy Spirit describe different events, and should not be used
as synonymous terms.
- All true Christians have been baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20,
12:13, Romans 8:9,
Ephesians 1:13-14). The baptism of the Holy Spirit only happens once in the life of
- All true Christians do not walk filled (controlled) by the Holy Spirit on a moment-by-moment or daily basis
(Acts 2:3; 4:8, 31;
13:9, 52; Galatians 5:16-17;
Ephesians 5:18). The filling of the Holy Spirit happens numerous times in the life
of each believer.
- Specific New Testament evidences that help distinguish the difference between being filled (controlled) by the Holy Spirit or being
controlled by the flesh are outlined in Galatians 5:19-23.
- The filling (controlling) of the Holy Spirit, like salvation, assurance, forgiveness and loving our enemies, ultimately depends upon
God's ability to always keep His promises, not our less than perfect performance.
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 Multnomah Press.