Are you looking for study tools, hints on journaling, or help on identifying your unique gifting? Please review the resources below.
Documenting your prayer requests and God’s responses can be a powerful discipline to help you see God’s hand moving in your life.
Below you will find a simple journal that can be photocopied, hole punched, and added to your favorite binder. Use the journal daily or for a short life season; you will see His hand working through each entry.
Studying the Bible can be confusing and sometimes we don’t really know where to start.
If you are new to studying the Bible, I would suggest starting in the New Testament. The gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) tell the story of Jesus from four different perspectives. They help you gain a great understanding of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
If you have been studying the Bible for years, I want to encourage you to go deeper. Take a favorite book and consider doing a verse by verse in-depth study or tackle your favorite book in a different Bible translation.
God is faithful and he will honor your efforts to learn more about Him, build relationship with Him, and He will give you the strength to obey Him.
PROVE Bible Study Tool
There are several Bible study tools available to us today. You can Google the subject and several tools will pop up.
Recently, Pastor Brandon Blumberg (Sr. Pastor New Hope Church – Bend, OR) shared a study tool he developed called PROVE. The tool will help guide you through a comprehensive review of scripture. A sample of the PROVE tool is attached below.
I encourage you to keep a journal or simple notebook as you study God’s word and record what God is PROVE-ing to you.
PROVE stands for:
P – Prayer (Pray that God will open your mind to His word.)
R – Read (Read the passage(s) in their entirety. If possible, read it in three different translations.)
O – Observe (Make observations about the text. Try to identify the who, what, when, where, why and how.)
V – Verify (Verify the meaning of the text.)
E – Experience ( Determine how you will apply the passage to your life.)
Spiritual Gifts Inventory
God has given each of us a set of spiritual gifts. These gifts include things such as leadership, administration, discernment, exhortation, faith, and evangelism. It is important that we understand our gifting so we can align it with our passions, experiences and skills. This alignment allow us to effectively serve others and glorify God.
There are several tools that you can use to identify your spiritual gifting. We have provided a copy of the Spiritual Gifts Inventory, by LifeWay Christian Resources, below. This tool is very simple to use and score. The document provided includes an area where you can graph your results. Please feel free to skip this step if you like.
Follow the provided instructions to complete the form. Once you have identified all the scores for your gifts, I would suggest focusing on the top five gifts (i.e., the gifts that received the highest scores). Take some time to prayerfully reflect on your gifts, passions, and skills as you determine God’s prompting for your life.
If you have questions or need more information about spiritual gifts, please feel free to leave a comment on our Contact page.