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.
Contrast the following verses:
"And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free." (John 8:32)
"For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh,
but through love serve one another." (Galatians 5:13)
Where is the balance between these two statements? Biblical truth has set you free to enjoy liberty. Authentic biblical freedom
and Christian liberty should always be motivated by love, and display concern for others.
The words "legalism" and "license" are often tossed around in relation to competing Christian views on how believer's should or should
not exercise their freedom in Christ. Where is the biblical line between legalism being used as a blanket to smother true freedoms and
license being self-indulgently abused as a veiled religious synonym for feeding the flesh?
Are there questions that can be asked, and principles that can be applied, which are biblically based, that can help a Christian
successfully maneuver through the areas often referred to in Christian areas as "gray"? The simple answer to this question is "yes", there
are both questions and principles that can help us navigate through this potential spiritual mine field.
Exercising our Christian liberties can be difficult at times.
"I'm free, I have liberty to... "
"I'm free, I have liberty not to... "
Here are six questions to ask yourself if "liberty" is an issue and you want to handle it maturely.
Is the activity in question:
1. Beneficial or enslaving?
"All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will
not be mastered by anything." (1 Corinthians 6:12)
2. Hindering the spiritual growth of another?
"Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, that I might not cause my
brother to stumble." (1 Corinthians 8:13)
3. Hindering my own spiritual growth?
"But put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lust."
4. Does it edify?
"All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify."
(1 Corinthians 10:23)
5. Is it legal?
"Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God
has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling
against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves." (Romans 13:1-2)
6. Has Scripture addressed the issue in specific point or principle? Have you checked?
"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling
accurately the Word of Truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)
7. Is my motivation selfless of selfish?
"I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything
to be unclean, to him it is unclean. For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking according to love Do not
destroy with your food him for whom Christ died. Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom
of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who in this way serves Christ is
acceptable to God and approved by men. So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. Do not tear
down the work of God for the sake of food All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense. It is
good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles."
Paul concludes his remarks to the Galatians on this subject by stating:
"For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statemtent, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF."
But if you bite and devour one another, take care lest you be consumed by one another."
The Scriptures, inspired by God, are as relevant today as they were more than two thousand years ago. Liberty that is not motivated
by sacrificial love is license.
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.