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 New Testament gives us a blueprint for the dynamic ministry of evangelism and discipleship. As obedient followers of Jesus Christ,
evangelism and discipleship are not an option. We must obediently participate in the process of systematically sharing the things we have
learned with those who will also faithfully carry this message to others.
2 Timothy 2:2 clearly explains this principle:
"And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men who
will be able to teach others also."
Timothy is given 3 commands:
1. Listen and learn.
2. Locate faithful men.
3. Teach these faithful men so they can train others
to reproduce the same process.
Notice the 3 levels of human interactions:
1. Paul disciples Timothy.
2. Timothy disciples faithful men.
3. Faithful men disciple other
Matthew 28:18-20 illustrates the priority of emphasizing both evangelism and
discipleship and not allowing one to be developed or maintained at the expense of the other. There are at least two triads contained with
these verses which relate directly to disciple making. Can you identify and explain them? (hint: Note the relationship between each verse.
Don’t ignore the participles.)
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore
and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe
all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
There are 3 Greek participles that help you understand Jesus' command to "make disciples":
As you go - make disciples
As you baptize - make disciples
As you teach - make disciples
There are 3 assurances that Jesus provides you that go along with His command to "make disciples":
1. I have the authority to give you a job because all authority is mine in heaven or on earth.
2. Since I have all authority, I have a job to give you - "make disciples."
3. I will always be with you as you go about making disciples.
1 Peter 3:15 is helpful in understanding the priority of the concept of reproductive
"But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an
account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;"
There are 3 priorities to achieve.
1. Set apart Christ as Lord.
Sanctifying Christ as Lord is a dedication. One measure of your success of sanctifying the Lord is asking this
question, "If you have friends who have a question about God, are you their first or last option?"
2. Be prepared to answer reasonable questions.
Providing reasonable answers for reasonable questions is an action.
3. Give answers that are gentle, powerful and controlled.
Giving answers that are gentle, powerful and controlled describes an attitude. It
should not come as a surprise that the people who ought to be ready to give answers for the faith they say they have are the same
individuals who have consciously made Christ Lord of their lives.
Notice the difference between simply discipling a student verses discipling a student to disciple others. For essentially the same
amount of effort, your ministry can either be one of addition or of multiplication. Let's do the math:
1 person won to Christ every week for 16 years = 832
1 person won to Christ every day for 16 years = 5,840
1 person won and discipled for 6 months = 2
2 more people won and discipled over the next 6 months = 4
THE DIVIDEND OF DISCIPLESHIP
Year 1 = 4
Year 2 = 16
Year 4 = 256
Year 16 = 4,294,961,296 (approximately the world's population in 1982)
It is easy to understand why a ministry of multiplication is a better investment of a person’s time, talent, energy and effort than a
ministry of addition.
- Discipleship is a biblical command, not just a good idea.
- The two triads contained within Matthew 28:18-20
- The triad contained within 2 Timothy 2:2
- The triad within 1 Peter 3:15
- Teachers share content. Trainers share their lives; the trainers job is not done until the student can reproduce. We need more
trainers; discipleship is not convenient.
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.