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 message of God's salvation can be presented in 4 points: Plan, Problem, Remedy and
God's Plan: Peace and Life. God has provided a plan for your life. There is a problem
that keeps one from experiencing His plan.
"Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
Christ," (Romans 5:1)
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in
Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and
have it abundantly." (John 10:10)
Man's Problem: Separation. The Greek word for "sin" refers to "missing the mark" like an
archer missing the target. Man's sin separates him from God and prevents him from experiencing God's plan.
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus
our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
God's Remedy: The Cross. Jesus' death paid the penalty of man's sin so that man can
experience God's plan.
"For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,"
(1 Timothy 2:5)
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us." (Romans 5:8)
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but
through Me.'" (John 14:6)
"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of
God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast."
Man's Response: Receive Christ
"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to
those who believe in His name," (John 1:12)
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will
come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me."
- Frame the salvation question using a square or rectangle. Keep the message simple, two "P's" and two "R's"
and stay on target. The first "P" and the first "R" belong to God. The second "P" and second "R" belong to man.
- Sin can be explained by "the archer" illustration.
- Christ as God's remedy for sin can be explained by "the bridge over the chasm" illustration.
- Personal faith or trust in Christ can be explained by "the tight rope walker" illustration.
- Our job is to explain the Gospel to non-Christians as clearly as we know how, for their benefit.
- Man must respond to God's remedy to overcome man's problem to experience God's plan.
Our motive for sharing with those who do not know Jesus Christ personally is not just to relieve
our guilt, or show off our spiritual insight, but to be a help to 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