Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about the YouVersion Bible app!
The YouVersion Bible app is free and makes it possible to view 73 English translations of the Bible! There are currently 1,942 languages available! If you ever want to try out another version of the Bible, you don’t have to buy a printed copy of the Bible. You can just read it on the app!
The Bible app is more than a variety of Bible translations. The app features a variety of tools for Bible study and spiritual growth including plans, a verse of the day, verse images, friends, videos, prayer and more! Let’s break down some of those features.
Read. Yes, you can read the Bible. Simply select your language, your preferred translation (I love the NLT or NIV) and then select where you’d like to start reading. You can highlight and make notes right in the app!
Bible Plans. If you’d like some direction in your Bible reading, try out one of the many (there’s more than 4,000) Bible plans. A Bible plan is a reading plan or a devotional. Plans showcase short passage of Scripture each day, along with personal insights to aid in understanding and application. These Bible Plans come in a variety of formats: reading, audio, images, and even video. Use the search tools or “Featured Plans” to select a Bible plan that interests you. Some plans guide you to read the entire Bible in one year. Some plans are dedicated to specific topics, some of which include: temptation, doubt, pride, joy, anxiety, loss, jealousy, patience, stress, fear, peace, and anger.
Whether you’re new to the faith or a long-time Christian wanting to dive deeper into your personal study, there are plans just for you. Do you need help with marriage, dating, work, forgiveness, faith, worship, or leadership? You guessed it. There are plans for you. Search a variety of topics or books of the Bible, and you’ll find a plan! You may find multiple plans you’d like to check out. Simply tap “Save for Later,” and it’ll go to your “Saved Plans”.
Verse of the Day. Looking for quick inspiration? Check out the Verse of the Day. Each day the Bible app highlights a specific Bible verse. Simply open the app each day to check out the highlighted verse.
Verse Images. The verse has an image associated with it, making sharing to your social media feed fast and easy. If you’d like, you can create your own image to go with the Verse of the Day. Customize it and share it with friends! If you’re on Facebook and follow Journey, you may have noticed the verse image is shared on Journey’s social media every day. Just thinking about the verse of the day can make your day go better!
Stories. There are even stories that goes along with each verse of the day. These stories feature devotions, prayers, and questions to ask yourself. There are both spoken and written devotions. Spoken devotions are presented by a variety of speakers. The material for the written devotions come from many sources. The different perspectives on the Bible often help me to think about a scripture in a new way and help me apply the scriptures to my life.
Prayer. The Bible app has guided prayer. When life gets overwhelming, we know we need to pray, but we might not be able to find the right words. The guided prayer is a great place to start! There’s also meditative music available to play in the background while you pray. The app will keep a list of your prayer requests. It's great to see how God answers those prayers over time.
Daily Refresh. The verse, the story, and the prayer are parts of the Daily Refresh. We can all use some spiritual refreshment! Download the Bible app and have the convenience of these resources on your phone! You won't regret it!
Videos. If you’re a visual learner, check out the videos section. There you see the events of the Bible come to life through vivid story-telling! You may view clips from the TV series, “The Bible” and the amazing “The Gospel of John.” Or watch the full movie, JESUS, about the life of our Savior.
Kids’ Bible Experience. The Bible app is not just for adults. Check out the Kids Bible Experience to see a guided daily devotion for children sure to grab and keep any child’s attention. The Kids’ Bible Experience will also highlight a Bible plan to go along with that day’s guided devotion for continued study. Did you know there is a Bible app for Kids? Download it today!
Friends. You can connect with your friends in the Bible app. You can complete Bible Plans together, study scripture, share inspirational verses and more. To add your friends, tap "Menu", tap "Friends", tap "Add Friends", and then follow the prompts. Studying the Bible with your friends will help you discover things you might not have noticed on your own. The Bible is better with friends! I invite you to be friends with me in the app. Each week I select a Bible plan that goes along with the weekly Sunday talk. Once we’re friends in the app, we can do these weekly plans together with others from Journey Church!
Uncertain about how to use the YouVersion Bible app? There’s an extensive tutorial on YouTube.
If we’re not already, I hope we’ll be friends soon in the app!
Rhonda Hopper, Online Pastor