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 daily basis.
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 - 3:3,
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 be accomplished.
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 Multnomah Press.