Welcome to disciple making: (Karl Payne):
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
"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 consistant 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
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.
Karl Payne's personal note: I grew up in a home
that would have been considered moral and ethical, but not religious. Both of my parents were teachers.
Dad was a Mathematics / Science specialist for the Sacramento City School District and my mom taught
grade school. My Dad would occasionally pray for our food, but we did not read the Bible or discuss
religious topics. I decided my first Sunday of seventh grade that I had no real interest in church or
Sunday school and informed my parents that I would no longer attend either. I assumed I was a Christian
because I had been baptized as a child at my mom's request, but my primary interests were baseball,
football and music.
On June 17th, 1970 I became a Christian while attending a youth retreat sponsored by Young Life,
a Christian ministry focused upon reaching high school students. The two biggest hurdles I faced
in that decision both related to honest assumptions. My first assumption related to what I had
understood it meant to be a Christian. I assumed that I was a Christian because I had been baptized.
Christians get baptized, I had been baptized, therefore, I was a Christian. I also thought that
heaven, if it was real, was attained by being a nice person. I reasoned that since on a moral and
ethical scale which had the Pope on one end and Hitler on the other, that my live style was closer
to the Pope's than Hitler's, thus making me a shoe in for heaven if God was fair.
The second assumption I had made related to education. In eighth grade my science teacher told our
class that "religious people were mental cripples who needed a crutch to get through life." I was
very impressed by this teacher and took to heart what he said. In the eleventh grade, my physiology
teacher told our class that "educated people believed in evolution." As I grew older my education
had become more important to me. As a result of several teacher's comments I assumed that it was
not possible to think deeply and still be a Christian. Religion in my mind was therefore something
for nice people who were not too concerned about an academic education. My first assumption was
to confuse churchianity with Christianity. Churchianity represents men and women making their best
efforts to reach up to God and receive His approval, based upon their individual efforts to be found
worthy in His eyes. Biblical Christianity is a message explaining how God has chosen to reach down
to mankind through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, providing salvation by His
grace as a free gift to all who believe, in spite of our unworthiness. Religion is essentially a
message of man reaching up to God. Christianity is a message detailing how God has reached down to
man. Religion exalts man. Christianity exalts God. I had received just enough religious training
to confuse religion with Christianity and had rejected an honest consideration of Christianity in
the process. My second assumption was to confuse naturalism, dialectical materialism and the
suppositional baggage assumed to be true by both philosophical world views, with actual empirical
data and good science, which provides conclusions based upon testing, observation and repetition
rather than wishful thinking and naturalist / atheistic suppositional indoctrination.
On the 17th of June, 1970 at 8:00 P.M., I listened to a gentleman clearly explain that God's plan
is that I have eternal life (John 3:16, John 10:10, Romans 5:1), but that my problem with sin (to miss
the mark in word, thought or deed) had separated me from Him (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23). This sounded
more like bad news to me than good news. He went on to say that God had provided a remedy for my sin
by sending His only son Jesus Christ to die on a cross as a payment for my penalty (2 Corinthians 5:21,
Philippians 2:4-10, 1 Timothy 2:5, Romans 5:8, John 14:6, Ephesians 2:8-9), but that it was absolutely
necessary for me to respond to His remedy for the remedy to be effective (John 1:12, Romans 10:9-10,
Revelation 3:20). I bowed my head in that room and quietly asked Jesus Christ to become my Savior
and Lord. Jesus came into my life and has made me a new person, from the inside out (2 Corinthians
5:17). That was nearly thirty-one years ago. Knowing Jesus is more than religious activism or academic
curiosity. It is a real relationship. Spiritual maturity is a process (1 John 2:12-14) that should
continue to develop and grow as long as we are alive.
God used a Campus Crusade for Christ high school ministry to teach me that aggressive, reproductive
Christianity (2 Timothy 2:2) should be considered normal Christianity. Sincerity is necessary for
Christian living, but it is not sufficient for impacting our world for Christ (Matthew 28:18-20,
2 Corinthians 5:17-21, 2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Peter 3:15). He has used several godly men, seminary and
nearly twenty-five years of serving in church ministry to teach me that making disciples means far
more than leading people to Christ and asking them to pray and read their Bibles. It is impossible
to give what you do not have or share what you do not know. When people tell me that their Christian
faith is boring, what they are really telling me is that they do not pray, they do not study and they
do not give away what they have been given. The Christian life is an adventure that is exciting to
live and share. To judge Christianity by people who sit on their hands, criticize others and turn a
living faith into dead religion is to misrepresent Biblical Christianity. Christianity was never meant
to be lived as a passive spectator sport.
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
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