Lately, thanks to a 30-day quiet time challenge by Jane Johnson, I have been digging deeper into my Bible study. And not just digging deeper into the meaning of whatever passage I'm reading, but also researching the history of the time period and the various translations and even what the original language means. I've found some great apps to help with my research and digging and I've also found great apps for Bible studies in general. At the end of the post, you'll have a chance to sign up for a free 7-day Bible study that I have coming up at the end of July (2016).
Apps for Your Bible Study Time
one. YouVersion Bible
This is by far the most popular Bible app available and for good reason. Not only does YouVersion have hundreds of versions of the Bible in countless number of languages, it also has daily Bible studies covering tons of topics. And it's all for free. Another cool feature is their "live events" tab. If your church uploads their sermon notes to YouVersion you can access them from the live tab and follow along with the notes and Bible passages and have space to take your own notes. You have to check with your church to see if they participate, but most of the bigger churches do. They also recently released a Bible for Kids that is really cute. It has various Bible stories available and you can either read them aloud yourself or it narrates it for you and the scenes from the story are interactive!
two. Kindle app
Did you know that you don't need an actual Kindle tablet or e-reader to read e-books? You can download the free Kindle app and purchase e-books on Amazon and read them right on your phone. So you can download your favorite Francis Chan or Jen Hatmaker book and read it anytime, anywhere.
three. She Reads Truth
She Reads Truth is another well-known app and this one is specifically for women (they do have a men's version too!). They offer a Bible, in a few different translations, Bible reading plans/studies, a shop to purchase physical Bible studies and various resources, well-designed lock screens, and more. Not only is this app a great resource for Bible studies, it is so pretty and we all know that pretty-packaging makes things even better.
four. Glo Bible
This app is new to my little app "collection" but so far it seems really cool! Each verse of the Bible is linked to various resources and media including things like an Atlas, virtual tours of the areas mentioned, photos, and more! It's a great way to really dive into the times of the Bible and make yourself feel like a part of the story.
five. Blue Letter Bible
I haven't used this app much but I have used their website a good deal. Blue Letter Bible provides 30+ versions of the Bible, commentaries, Hebrew/Greek lexicon, concordances, dictionaries, word searches, and more. It's also a great resource for looking up Strong's definition of Bible phrases, which is helpful for really digging into the meaning.