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.
What is prayer?
Talking with God.
Why should we pray?
It is a privilege and responsibility Jesus Christ has commanded his followers to do.
What is the scope of concerns we can pray about?
If something is large enough to be concerned about, it is also big enough to pray about.
What conditions must we meet if we expect our prayers to be answered?
1. We must abide in Jesus Christ and His Word.
2. We must pray according to God's will.
(1 John 5:14-15)
3. We must ask with the right motives.
How can we be confident we are praying according to God's will?
By serious reading and study of God's will revealed in his Word, the Bible.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17,
2 Timothy 2:15)
What will hinder our prayers?
1. Selfish, self-serving motives.
2. Unconfessed known sin.
3. Complacency - failure to discern or care about the needs of others.
4. Poor marital relations.
(1 Peter 3:7)
What should motivate us in our prayers?
1. We should desire to see our faith increased through God's answer.
2. We should desire to see God receive the glory and the credit for the answer.
How will God answer our prayers?
The situation will increase your faith and I will receive both the glory and the credit.
If "not at this time:"
I will answer even better later (right request, wrong time).
This prayer request is not in your best interest and I've promised to always work for your good
(Romans 8:28). Or you need to reexamine your motives - they are wrong.
Why don't we pray as we sometimes ought to?
1. We are afraid God cannot or will not answer our prayers.
2. We don't think we really need God's help in the situation.
3. We forget that God has promised to answer us.
4. We become so busy with ministry opportunities that there is no time left to pray.
What might I include in my prayer (ACTS)?
1. ADORATION to God for who He is; praying to the Father through the Son.
2. CONFESSION of sin.
3. THANKSGIVING for His present provisions and future answers.
4. SUPPLICATION of specific requests for yourself and others.
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.