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.
Have you ever had this thought or encountered this question:
"I don't feel that God is in my heart as I used to."
"I'm not worthy."
"Have I committed an unforgivable sin?"
"Sometimes I feel real spiritual and other times real dry."
Doubts like this can prevent one from a sustainable growing life with Christ. What distinguishes the growing Christian from the carnal
Christian is the motivation of their spiritual walk; one is motivated by God's promise and the other by their performance.
Let's illustrate this issue by examining a "spiritual" train.
Caboose - Coal Car - Engine
The Engine is symbolic of the fact of God's word.
The Coal Car is symbolic of your faith in the fact of God's word.
The Caboose is symbolic of how you feel about your faith.
When coal is fed into the engine, the train runs. This represents the growing Christian's faith life.
When coal is fed into the caboose, the train stops. This represents the carnal Christian's faith life.
The caboose is not needed, because it is not the object of your faith.
The engine is necessary, because it is the object of your faith.
"I realize there is a plan, a problem, a remedy and a response that must be acknowledged and acted upon for salvation from the
wages of sin. But how can I know Jesus will really become my Savior? I don't deserve to be accepted and loved by God. How can I know for
sure He came into my life?"
You're right - nobody deserves salvation. But the good news is that God's promised salvation is a free gift based on God's promise,
not a reward based upon man's performance.
"For it is by grace you are saved, through faith - and this not of yourself, it is a gift of God - not of
works, so that one can boast."
(Ephesians 2:8, 9)
"God made Him [Jesus] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of
God." (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Is it really possible to know we have salvation and will go to heaven if we were to die tonight?
"For the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son
has the life, he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of
the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life." (1 John 5:11-13)
Yes, it is possible to know you have eternal life.
Who are the ones who know they have eternal life?
Those who have the Son.
Who are the ones who know they have the Son?
Those, who upon hearing Jesus knocking at the door of their heart, respond by receiving Him as their Lord and Savior
How do I know He really came into my life?
Jesus said He was the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). Since
Jesus is the truth, He must always keep His promises. A Christian's salvation is as certain as Jesus' ability to keep His promises.
Did you ask Jesus to forgive you of your sin problem and become your savior, because you heard Him knocking at your heart? Then what do
you know He had to do? (He had to forgive your sin and come into your life.) Who do you know you now have in your heart, based upon His
promise? Jesus Christ! Since 1 John 5:12 declares that "He who has the Son has life,
" you can know for certain that you have eternal life, because Jesus cannot lie.
- Think of COP - context, options, promise:
- The context of verse 11 in 1 John 5:11-13 involves
- According to verse 12, there are only two options concerning man's eternal destiny. Either you have the Son
and Eternal Life, or you do not.
- God's promise in verse 13 is that those believing in Jesus Christ can know they have eternal life.
- The million dollar question is: Do I have the Son? If I have the Son, then I have eternal life (v. 13).
- Jesus promises to come into the heart and life the one who hears Him knocking and invites Him into their heart.
- Because Jesus is the truth (John 14:16), and it is impossible for God to lie
(Titus 1:2), He must keep His promise.
- The train diagram clearly illustrates the relationships between the fact of God and His Word, our faith in the fact of God and His
Word and our feelings about the fact of God and His Word.
- Our salvation is based upon the certainty of God's promise, not our daily performance of feelings.
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.