Verbum workflows guide you through your investigation of biblical passages, words, or topics step by step. They help you to study the context of a passage, compare translations, discover key terms, read excerpts from top resources, and capture your thoughts in one place. Workflows offer guided instructions for a range of tasks, like family worship, sermon preparation, word studies, and more.
Started Workflows will be automatically added to the Dashboard on your Home Page for quick access.
- Click Guides > Workflows, then select a workflow from the list. Workflows available in Verbum include Basic Bible Study, Biblical Person Study, Biblical Place Study, Expository Sermon Preparation, Lectio Divina, and Passage Exegesis.
- Enter the person, place, or passage you want to study in the search box and press Enter.
- Click Continue when you finish one step and want to proceed to the next. You can close the Workflow at any point and Verbum will remember where you left off so you can pick right back up again later.
Note: Links to tools and resources typically open new panels, tabs, or floating windows depending on the type of resource being accessed. Some guide sections, however, can be accessed from within the workflow itself. Click the undock icon to open this content in a new panel.
- Orange circles mark your current location in the workflow. These change to check marks after you click complete and proceed to the next step. If a step has several sub-steps below it, the workflow will display your progress by filling a portion of the ring to the right of the step’s name. Grey circles indicate steps you’ve skipped.
- Some steps in your workflow may invite you to add notes, so you can save your comments and observations as you proceed.
Find your Workflow Notes
Each note field is saved as a separate note within a notebook with an easily identifiable name. By default, the notebook title will contain the name of the workflow, and may also display the passage being considered. So, notes from a Passage Exegesis workflow on John 15:1-17 will be saved to a notebook titled “Passage Exegesis | John 15:1-17” by default. You can rename notebooks however you choose using the Notes Tool.
You can also use filters to find all of your workflow notes in the Notes Tool. Open the Notes Tool Navigation Menu and type workflow in the filters search, or scroll down the list of filters until you find Anchor > Workflow. Passage-based workflow notes are also anchored to the biblical book. For example, notes from a Passage Exegesis Workflow on John 15:1-17 will be anchored to the book of John.
Basic Bible Study
This workflow guides you through a series of steps to help you study a passage of Scripture. Since Bible study is more involved than Bible reading, this workflow includes reading the passage several times, making observations on the passage as a whole, understanding who the characters are and what they do, identifying the main ideas and themes, finding key terms, and telling others what you learned.
Biblical Person Study
This simple workflow guides you through the basic steps of examining a particular person in a biblical narrative. The steps include researching the individual, locating and understanding key passages for that person, and telling others what you’ve learned.
Biblical Place Study
This simple workflow guides you through the basic steps involved in examining a place in a biblical narrative. The steps include researching the place, locating and understanding key passages for that place, and telling others what you learned.
Expository Sermon Preparation
This simple workflow guides you through the basic steps of preparing an expository sermon. The steps include researching the passage, creating an exegetical outline, distilling the main preaching points, and preparing a homiletical outline.
“Seek in reading and you will find in meditation; knock in prayer and it will be opened to you in contemplation.” — John of the Cross
This workflow uses the traditional practice of Lectio Divina (“divine reading” or “sacred reading”). It combines Bible reading with meditation and prayer to promote communion with God and increase biblical knowledge. In Lectio Divina, practitioners pay special attention to words, phrases, or verses that God draws to their attention as especially important for their own spiritual life and growth. Through this practice, they can experience God speaking to them individually through the biblical text. Many have used this ancient spiritual practice to “feast on the word” and experience God’s presence in Scripture more deeply.
This approach works especially well when coupled with a reading plan that directs you to a brief daily passage for reading and reflection, such as a devotional with a Bible reading plan.
This workflow guides users through a series of steps to use when exegeting a passage of Scripture. The steps include reading the passage several times, exploring the larger context, examining literary types and genres, understanding who the characters are and what they do, attending to the actual events within the passage, researching important words, identifying significant cross-references, summarizing findings, consulting commentaries to learn more, determining the passage’s applications, and telling others what was learned through the passage.
Verbum Help: Workflows