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.
"I believe that God did love me once, but could He still love me now? After all I've been doing He must hate me."
Anyone who knows Christ as Savior knows just how bad you can feel when sin occurs. The real issue concerning sin is not how it makes us
feel, but rather, knowing what God promises in His Word concerning how we should respond when we do miss the mark. What does Scripture
tell a Christian about struggles with sin after he or she has been truly born again?
"If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is
faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar,
and His Word is not in us."
(1 John 1:8-10)
1 John 1:8-9 reveals three ways that Christians can deal with sin.
Think of this like an oreo cookie.
verse 8 (the dark side of the cookie): one may deny the existence of sin.
verse 9 (the white center of the cookie): one may confess and receive forgiveness.
verse 10 (the dark side of the cookie): one may deny the commission of sin and portray God as a liar.
Everyone sins, even sincere Christians. However, growing Christians consistently make a volitional, conscious decision
to deal with their sin (1 John 1:9), whereas carnal or worldly Christians are
typically just as conscious and consistent in their volitional attempt to deny their sin (1 John 1:8, 10).
The word "confess" means to agree with God that I was wrong and His way is right. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and
righteous to cleanse... Confession implies that I am not only sorry the sin occurred, I don't want it to happen again. What should I
do when I sin - any sin - no matter how big or small? I need to confess that sin as soon as possible. The word "all" is also extremely
important in this verse. God has promised to forgive all sin that is confessed.
There is a distinction between "biblical confession" and "confession."
Biblical confession - I agree that God's way is the right way and I need to change and go His way.
False confession - I'm sorry that you caught me. My way is still the right way.
Should I confess the same sin over and over to show God I mean it?
No! Why would you ask God to forgive something that is no longer there?
If we confess our sin, He is faithful and righteous to cleanse us... It's gone in God's eyes - you're clean -
let it go.
A simple exercise to illustrate God's forgiveness:
1. Ask the Holy Spirit to convict you of all the sins between you and your Heavenly Father.
2. List the sin(s) that you are convicted of and write them on a piece of paper.
3. Confess each sin - agree with God that it is wrong and make a conscious decision to do things God's way.
4. Write or recite 1 John 1:9 across the list (your guarantee, explain sale, receipt).
5. Thank God for His promises - you confessed - He cleansed.
6. If you need to apologize or make restitution - do it.
- Two options - We can deny our sin (1 John 1:8, 10) or deal with it
(1 John 1:9).
- Two words:
- "Confess" - I agree with God. He is right, I am wrong.
- "All" - God has promised to forgive all my sin. As long as I have breath, God must still have a plan for me.
- The cookie illustration.
- The previous lesson's train illustration. The ultimate basis for the forgiveness of our sin is the character of God and the fact of
His Word, not our performance or subjective feeling.
- Because God is truth (John 14:6) and God cannot lie (Titus 1:2), He must keep His promise to forgive and cleanse. Therefore,
confidently thank God that through confession, you are forgiven and cleansed.
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.