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.
The battle is on and the spiritual battle is real. Unfortunately, most Christians are losing more battles than they are winning. The
victories do not have to go to the opposition, but they will continue to do so until believers learn how to fight biblically.
How do they attack Christians?
The World: is an organized system in opposition and rebellion against God.
1 John 2:16 characterizes the world as: the lust of the flesh (physical desires), the
lust of the eye (beautiful externals) and the boastful pride of life (selfish ambition).
The Flesh: is represented as an old nature, the old man or the old self within each individual, including
Christians, which is an opposition and rebellion against God. Galatians 5: 19-21,
Colossians 3:5-8, and Mark 7:21-23
provide a partial list of areas that the flesh can easily inflame in this battle.
The Devil: is a real enemy, according to Jesus and the Bible, who is in opposition and rebellion against God.
His primary attack against Christians seems to be through debilitating accusations. These accusations are usually mental attacks, in the
mind, and are carried out by demonic spirits who faithfully serve the devil. Revelation 12:10
mentions this type of opposition. It is possible that the flaming arrows targeted at Christians which are mentioned in
Ephesians 6:16 could also represent demonic accusation.
The Christian's defense against the world, the flesh and the devil.
The World: 1 John 2:17 indicates that we are to evaluate
alluring temptation and say "no". The external things of God should not be sacrificed for the temporal things of this world. Christians do
not have to pretend that the tinsel and trappings of this world are not appealing. Sometimes the things of this world have the appearance
of great value. Looks, however, are often deceiving; just ask Adam and Eve. The real issue is not how this world looks, but whether or
not the temporal pleasures of this world are worth the eternal price tag that accompanies them.
The Flesh: Galatians 5:16 and
Ephesians 5:18 indicate that if we walk controlled by the Spirit we will not
carry out the desires of the flesh. Ephesians 4:20-24 and
Romans 12:1-2 state that victory over our old nature or self is possible through
consistently renewing our mind. We replace or substitute our old wrong way of thinking with new Christ-like thinking contained in
the Bible. Lastly, 2 Timothy 2:22 declares that in some situations involving the
flesh the faithful believer should simply run.
The Devil: Scripture like James 4:7-8
and 1 Peter 5:8-9 indicate that the Christian is to firmly resist the attacks
of the devil. Jesus' example in Matthew 4:1-11 shows that He used scripture agains the
devil in confronting him. Boldly resisting and fearfully running are two very different responses. Christians are commanded to resist,
not run from this defeated enemy. Perfect love is supposed to cast out fear.
The world, flesh and the devil are real opponents who attack Christians in different manners. Since Christians are to defend themselves
in diverse manners according to which enemy they are confronting, it becomes extremely important that a Christian knows which enemy he is
dealing with so that he knows which defense system to activate. if the Christian does not know how to correctly identify his enemies as
they attack, will he stand firm in his resistance (devil defense), be filled with the Spirit, renew his mind or run (flesh defense), or
evaluate the situation and say no (world defense)?
Sadly, most Christians do not understand warfare. They do not understand the defense systems at their disposal. Therefore, too many
Christians lose more battles than they win, and end up blaming God for their failures. The real truth of the matter is that the defense
system will work just as they have been designed to do. But they must be aimed at the right enemy to be effective. The real problem is not
with the system; it is with the operator.
The battle is on and the battle is real. The victories likewise are real and so are the casualties. Christian, are you winning more
battles than you are losing? Do you understand the opposition? Do you understand your defense systems? Are you blaming God for your
defeats? Is it time to study God's Word so you can fight your opposition biblically? Sincerity is not enough.
- Demons accuse, Holy Spirit convicts.
- Demons accuse with generalities, Holy Spirit convicts on specific sin.
- Pronouns are important (Demons accuse with pronouns).
- Offensive prayer works.
- You must know the Word if you hope to use it in battle.
- According to Ephesians 6:16, being on the receiving end of fiery arrows from
demonic archers is a non-negotiable part of Christian living. Debilitating, deadly, demoralizing accusation is a daily reminder that
we live on a battlefield and that spiritual warfare is real. However, allowing those arrows of accusation to hit and burn is an option
or choice believers can accept or deflect, depending upon their response.
- Although demons have great strength, wisdom and cunning, according to Luke 10:18-20,
Christians have been delegated authority through the Lord Jesus Christ over them and protection from them. Demons are not colleagues
or spiritual equals, they are losers, and should be approached and treated as such.
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.