This Sunday at CCV we were exploring the Bible and our need to engage with Scripture and translate it into our lives.
As part of the talk Kathryn, the smaller half of our senior pastors, shared how discovering the Bible in One Year (BIOY) app really helped her with Bible reading, a practise that she engaged with, but one that had previously been a struggle in her life.
There are so many great Bible apps out there so I thought it could be fun to share a few with you that myself and my wife, Janet have been finding helpful as we journey deeper into scripture.
This isn’t necessarily a list of the best apps out there but they are our favourites. (we are an apple family so these are all Iphone/Ipad versions but I’m sure Android will have them too)
1 – Bible by life.church (Youversion)
Most of us will have come across this app as it is top of the bible app searches on Apple app store. As a Bible app it does what it says on the tin; provides scripture that can be read online and offline in a number of translations with an audio version to boot.
This is my personal favourite for daily reading. What has made this app most helpful to me is when you connect the app with a Youversion account. This helps to sync all your activity with other devices you may use. So when you open your laptop and access Youversion you can pick up where you left off. It also syncs anything you have highlighted, noted etc. It provides many bible reading plans if you aren’t sure what to read, produces those instagrammable Bible images and, if you are inclined, there is the option to connect with other people and read what they are thinking around certain verses or themes that you are meditating on – I take no responsibility for some things you may encounter in this section of the app 🙂
Bible Gateway provides a similar service to Youversion so might be worth checking it out as well.
2 – First 5 by Crowd Hub (Proverbs 31 ministries)
This is my wife’s personal favourite and it is a beautifully designed app designed with a female audience in mind and in my wife’s words “perfect for mums of little ones”. The goal of the app is to encourage you to give the first 5 minutes of your day to Scripture; it even provides alarms in the app with texts to waken you up if you wish (I’m thankful my wife hasn’t exercised this option yet)
It includes a journal type function in the app and also allows you to engage with users from across the world. One of the features my wife has loved is the “weekend wrap up” videos (10 mins) where instead of having a daily reading the authors of the devotions talk about the week and bring more insight to what they have provided.
3 – Bible Memory – Scripture Typer Memorization System by Millenial Apps
OK, so it hasn’t got the slickest title in the world but don’t let that put you off. This has been a hugely helpful tool for me as I have sought to commit scripture to memory; something that does not come naturally to me.
It uses memorisation techniques that use 3 cognitive senses (2 are in app purchases) to help you memorise, organise and review scripture. It’s an app that I use at different points rather than an everyday visit to either commit new scripture to my mind or as a reminder to what I have learnt previously.
4 – Bible in One Year by Alpha International
This is the app mentioned earlier. It is a brilliant app that is simple in it’s design and looks great. The audio messages are great, devotionals by Nicky and Pippa Gumbel are great fun and it is a great way to engage with scripture (the reading plan and devotionals from Nicky and Pippa are also available on the Youversion Bible app)
5 – Glo Bible + for iPhone by Infomation Humanities
This is a great bible tool, which has won a ton of awards. It becomes even better when connected with a premium Glo account (in app purchase) and can be synced with laptop resources (CD’S DVD’S) which can be purchased online – both open up a wealth of bible study tools including maps, thematic searches, other media and online connection. I used to use this a lot and still dip in the odd time for some more detail.
I hope this is helpful and I’d love to hear other suggestions that you have found helpful in your journey into Scripture. We are all explorers.