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 primary purpose of this lesson is two-fold:
1. We must learn how to identify the three types of people we will be in contact with on a
2. We must have relevant, contextual, biblical messages ready for each of these people if
we hope to be used by God through divine appointments and opportunities.
In 1 Corinthians 2:14 -
Paul states that there are ultimately three types of individuals in the world.
The first person is the natural man without Christ
(1 Cor 2:14).
Life is controlled by daily circumstances.
Christ is outside of their life.
Self or the big "I" runs their life.
The second person is the growing Christian
(1 Cor 2:15-16).
Life and daily circumstances are under the powerful caring
hands of Christ.
Christ is in their life and willfully given complete control.
Self purposefully subjugated to Christ and His will.
The third person is the carnal or worldly Christian
(1 Cor 3:1-3).
Life is controlled by daily circumstances.
Christ is in their life, but not give willful control.
Self has been allowed to usurp Christ’s rightful position
in controlling their life through disobedience (sin).
Notice 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?
Paul's frustration is with the carnal Christian who has made the conscious decision to remain
a spiritual baby. The Greek word "sarkinois" in verse 1 ("flesh") refers to the new Christian who, as a spiritual
child, requires milk. In contrast, the Greek word "sarkikoi" in verse 3 ("fleshly") refers to the adult Christian
who chooses to live like a child.
The natural person and the carnal or worldly Christian have very similar life experiences. The
key difference between the growing Christian and the carnal or worldly Christian is that the former is willing to
confess sin daily, keeping life’s circumstances under God’s control. The latter is not willing to do so. We have to
decide daily where we are and where we want our life to be. If we desire change, God has made provision for this to
The Natural man needs the gospel. Can you clearly share the gospel?
The Growing Christian needs systematic discipleship training. Have you been systematically trained as a
disciple of Christ? You cannot clearly share what you have not clearly learned. Are you able to train someone else
who wants to serve Christ? You cannot give what you do not have.
The Carnal Christian needs to get up off the ground and begin to grow again. He needs to confront the
issue(s) that have been allowed to marginalize his relationship with God and daily testimony. He does not need to
hear the gospel again, and he is not ready to be systematically trained for service.
Be bold for Christ; fear is not an acceptable reason for failing to take advantage of divine appointments. Study,
learn and prepare; sloth is not an acceptable reason for failing to live as a one hundred percent committed Christian,
in a world of fifty percent chameleons. We have been called by God to be active soldiers standing for Christ, not idle
spectators intimidated by man.
1. Which person do you think represents your life at this time?
2. Which person do you want your life to represent?
- God prepares the heart, you prepare a message. If they are not ready to receive the message, build a bridge.
- Non-Christians are going to hell. They need your involvement.
- Growing Christians need encouragement to press on and not grow weary in doing good. They are friend, not foe.
- Carnal Christians are stuck in the middle of the road. They no longer have lasting pleasure in their sin, but
they do not enjoy their walk with God. They are family, not enemies.
- Lifelines represent life styles. The life style of the non-Christian and the carnal Christian are very similar.
- It is possible to fool men about the condition of our heart and soul. It is not possible to fool God!
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