1:1 Discipleship Overview & S.W.O.R.D. Study Method

1:1 Discipleship Overview

1:1 Discipleship is when a believer of Christ steps into helping another person understand key Biblical truths about knowing Christ, learning His ways, follow Him daily and learn how to make other disciples.


Scripture tells us that discipleship can take place in different ways and in different settings.  For example: •Titus 2:4 — Older women are to train younger women. •2 Timothy 2:2 — Paul trained Timothy to train others to train others. •Ephesians 6:4 — Fathers are to train their children. •Hebrews 3:13 — All Christians are to exhort each other every day to avoid sin and to stir each other up to love and good works (see also Hebrews 10:24–25). •Acts 18:24–26 — Priscilla and Aquila, on the spur of the moment it seems, explained the way of God more accurately to Apollos.


One of the ways we help others gain a deeper understanding of these key Biblical truths is by using the “sword method”.


Hebrews 4:12 says, that the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. This picture of a sword helps us teach any passage of the Bible.


The four parts of a sword represent six questions

we need to ask during a Bible story discussion.



The tip points up to the heavens:

+ What do we learn about God?

The handle is held by people:

+ What do we learn about people?


Use the acronym “S.P.E.C.” to remember four questions

on the blade: The left blade: + (S) Is there a sin to avoid? + (P) Is there a promise to claim? The right blade: + (E) Is there an example to follow? + (C) Is there a command to obey?