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By Jason Fry

What if your Bible was small enough to carry around with you, and it reminded you to read it every day?

I’ve had a smart phone since about 2008. My first was the T-Mobile G1. It was massive, had a slide out keyboard, was really slow, and really not that great. To be honest, I much preferred my slightly smaller, but still quite chunky, Sony Ericsson k800i feature phone. I only really had the G1 to build apps on. By the time 2010 came around (the year of my ‘re-birth’,  the year I met with Jesus and began my journey with him), smart phones had moved on quite a lot. Now I had a much thinner, faster, lighter smart phone: the Nexus One.

With my new found faith and relationship with Jesus I did what any slightly geeky young man would do; I went to the app store and looked for a Bible app. I found a lot of rubbish. Sadly Christians these days aren’t really known for their design, artistic, or creative skills. Somehow, somewhere, after the world-leading likes of Leonardo da Vinci, we’ve found ourselves rolling in Comic Sans, cheesy fluorescent posters, and Papyrus. The Church has gone from being the leaders in arts, science and technology to generally trailing a long way behind. There was however, one rose amongst the thorns.

One group that is leading with technology is YouVersion, a ministry from the American group of churches LifeChurch.tv. Their vision is to “lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ” and “to demonstrate and teach people how God’s Word relates to everyone, no matter where they are in life”. They do this through technology, and most commonly though The Bible App.

At its most basic level, The Bible App gives you access to hundreds of different translations of the Bible to be read on pretty much anything that can access the internet. That on it’s own is amazing. But you also get videos that bring parts of the Bible to life, and the ability to share verses of the Bible with friends, amongst other things.

But the thing that I think can most change our lives (yes, I’m that serious) are the reading plans.

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

There are hundreds to choose from, ranging from plans that focus on particular books of the Bible, to whole Bible plans, and even topical plans, often with notes to help you understand each day’s reading. Not only that, but you can even ask the The Bible App to remind you to read it at a certain time every day, which will help if you’re anything like me in the morning… (generally quite confused).

So to conclude, if you’re not already one of the 124 million people that have downloaded The Bible App head over to bible.com/download on your phone / tablet / computer /  washing machine.

If you have already downloaded the app, then start a reading plan! Dig into the Word of God, hear God speak to you and guide you as you read your Bible (app) regularly.

And for the good boys and girls who are already doing both, I leave you with a link to something much prettier than comic sans or papyrus, a beautiful infographic about The Bible App usage in 2013

Topics: Connected Church
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  1. Okay, what's wrong with papyrus?

  2. Great article. Thanks Jason. I must admit that like Sue, I have always thought paper is superior in many ways, but it cannot beat electronic versions for portability, access and ease. The Bible App is great as it is always there. As with most apps, it can send you notifications, so I now have a Bible that reminds me to read it seemingly all by itself. How cool is that! I also subscribe to a brilliant podcast where the whole Bible is read to me every year. I'd love to have time to sit and read quietly, but it really is a blessing to have access to the Scriptures wherever I am and whenever I want. PS I can see the age of the article. It is still worth reading!

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