General Information

What is First 5?
First 5 is a mobile device app developed by Proverbs 31 Ministries, designed to transform your time with God. First 5 was specifically designed to wake you up with a short teaching in God’s Word first, before you get distracted by social media and everything else screaming for your attention. It will equip you to better study and know the Word of God.

What’s the difference between Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today Devotion and First 5?
The main difference is in length and delivery. First 5 offers a shorter scriptural teaching designed to capture the very first moments of your day in a mobile phone app. Encouragement for Today is delivered by email. Proverbs 31 Ministries is passionate about getting the Word of God into the hands of people all over the globe by whatever means necessary in order to eradicate biblical poverty worldwide.

Is it just another daily devotion?
No. Our goal is to take you through an in-depth experience of the Bible. Unlike our daily devotions, the First 5 app will have teaching content Monday through Friday with a teaching video every Saturday.

What translation is used?
Will there be a way to switch translations? The app utilizes the NIV translation, but we’re looking into cost-effective ways to offer different translations in the future.

Is the content available in different languages?
At this time the content is currently only available in English. We will explore the cost of providing additional languages in the future.

What do I get every day?

  • One verse a day – We unpack books of the Bible using one verse per chapter per day. So, instead of your verse of the day being random, with First 5 you’ll start to sense real progress in your understanding of the Bible.
  • My Moments – My Moments allows you to privately respond to each day’s First 5 teaching. Add a short response into the “My Moment” box at the end of each teaching and see your collection of responses by visiting the “My Moments” tab on your profile page.menu item.
  • More Moments – More Moments are provided for you to go deeper into each day’s teaching beyond the First 5 minutes. You have the option to visit them right away or set a reminder to return when you have more time.
  • Weekend Video – Each Saturday, you’ll receive a video from the First 5 writing team. The videos will offer an additional and unique teaching from that week’s passage of scripture and invite you into the conversation to discuss a little bit of what we’re learning. You won’t want to miss it.

What is the Experience Guide?
For each First 5 study, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase an Experience Guide to help you understand the major themes and storylines that make the books of the Bible so unique. Each Experience Guide is beautifully designed to complement your daily First 5 teaching and will equip you to identify a “Major Moment” from each chapter as you record your thoughts on what you’ve learned.

Do I have to order the Experience Guide to use First 5?
The Experience Guide is completely optional.

First 5 Groups

What are First 5 Groups?
First 5 groups feature were developed to provide a more engaging community experience for our active First 5 users. This feature allows any user to create their own public or private group to enhance their daily study and join in teaching discussions.

How can I access my group?
Group members can can access their group discussions on any mobile device by downloading the First 5 app for Android or IOS. Groups are not currently available on the First5.org desktop platform. You must have a First 5 profile to utilize our groups feature.

How many people can join a group?
Group membership is capped at 50 members. Group members may leave a group at any time. If you are a group manager, you must appoint another member as manager before you can leave a group.

How do I invite someone to my group?
There are two ways to invite someone to join a First 5 group:

  • Option 1: Find friends that are already using First 5 with the “Find Friends” feature found within the friends tab of your profile page.
  • Option 2: Send your unique group invite code to friends outside the app via email, SMS message or any other messaging system.

How do I update my notifications for a specific group?
Use the settings icon found in the top left corner of your group’s home page to turn the notifications for that group on or off.

Do I need to join a group to complete my daily teaching?
No, you do not need to be a group member to access your complete your daily First 5 teaching

Are groups moderated by First 5 or Proverbs 31 Ministries?
No, First 5 groups are not led or actively monitored by the P31 staff members or F5 writers. They are meant to be a personal experience created and managed by individual F5 readers.

Are group comments or posts endorsed by First 5 or Proverbs 31 Ministries?
The comments, discussions and images posted within First 5 groups are not sponsored, administered, or endorsed by First 5 and Proverbs 31 Ministries.

Other group oversight and moderation notes:

  • Moderation of groups content will primarily be the responsibility of the group managers. If you are a group manager, you can remove group members or delete group comments if needed. To become a group manager you must either be the group originator, or be assigned to the role group manager by the group originator. There can be multiple group managers in each group.
  • Any post that has been flagged 3 times will automatically be hidden from view in the app.
  • Content posted in both Private and Public groups is subject to review and moderation by the First 5 team.

Teaching Plans

What if I can’t keep up or have to start in the middle of one of the books of the Bible?
You will be able to follow along and/or catch up through the app or First5.org. No matter where you jump in, you will be able to catch up and be a part of that study. Past studies will be archived in the app and available for you to read at your own pace.

First 5 Community

How do I find friends in First 5?
Use the “Find People” feature within the Friends tab of your Profile page to search First 5 for friends. You can also accept or deny friend requests made by other members within your Friends tab.

How can I engage and share with others?
Connect with people all over the world who are also giving their First 5 minutes to God by commenting under each First 5 teaching. Comments are visible to everyone using the app and are a great way to engage with and learn from the First 5 community. Easily share the First 5 image and teaching by tapping the share icon located on the left of each image, at the bottom.

Can I contact other First 5 members?
Yes. Click on a member’s profile image and you’ll be able to email them privately. All emails are private when sent to the recipient which protects your identity and privacy. You can also tag a friend directly in any comment by using the @ symbol. You must be friends with the reader, both be members of the same group, or have previously commented on the same teaching to use the tag feature.

Why can’t I tag my friend in a post?
To tag someone in a post you must already be friends, both be members of the same group, or both have previously commented on the same teaching. To add a friend, use the “Find People” feature found in your Friends tab on your profile page.

Account Information

How do I edit my personal info after creating a user account?
To edit your profile you must be signed in to your account and follow these steps from the main menu:

  • Tap the Profile button in the navigation bar at the bottom of your screen
  • Select the Account tab
  • Make any desired edits, scroll, and hit “Save Changes.” 

Why do I need to create an account?
An account is not required to read the Daily First 5 Teaching via the app; however a number of additional features do require an account. You must have a profile to:

  • Leave comments
  • Join a group
  • Track plan progress
  • Respond to My Moments
  • Download our beautifully designed lock screens
  • Add friends and tag friends

First 5 Notifications

Why is my reminder silent?
In order to ensure that you hear your First 5 reminders, follow these quick and easy steps.

Apple Device (iOS)

  • Flip your mute switch on the left side of your device to allow sounds
  • Have the volume turned up
  • Make sure your device is not on Do Not Disturb
  • Make sure all notifications are turned ON in your phone setting for the First 5 app (settings > notifications > scroll and select First 5)

Android Device

  • Have the volume turned up loud enough to hear

Can I control how the app notifies me when someone replies to a comment I’ve made?
Yes, you can update your reply settings to have these types of notifications turned on or off on your Account page within your Profile.

Can I control how the app notifies me when someone tags me in a comment?
Yes, you can update your tag settings to have these types of notifications turned on or off on your Account page within your Profile.

How do I update my notifications for a specific group?
Use the settings icon found in the top left corner of your group’s home page to turn the notifications for that group on or off.

App and Device Details

What devices support the First 5 app?
The First 5 app is compatible with mobile devices that support Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android) marketplaces. iOS specs: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. Android specs: Requires Android 4.0.3 and up

What if I don’t have a compatible mobile device?
All of the plans are now available at First5.org. At this time the app is only compatible with iOS and Android. We hope to be able to meet the needs of all mobile devices and maybe even a desktop version. This is being explored by our development team. Please stay tuned for further updates.

How much does the First 5 app cost?
The app is free to download.

How can I support First 5 financially?
You can submit a donation by visiting our First 5 Give page.

Contact the First 5 Team

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