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 Response.
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,"
"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."
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," (Romans 3:23)
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
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."
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.'"
"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." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
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." (Revelation 3:20)
- 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 Multnomah Press.