Interest in Bible applications remains high in 2021
Interest in the Bible, even in some of the world’s most restrictive countries for Christians, remained high in 2021, confirmed perhaps by the most popular verses of the year from the YouVersion Bible app.
Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you,” was YouVersion’s year 2021 verse, shared, bookmarked and highlighted the most. often. The verse was also # 1 in the United States.
Other popular verses spoke of God’s supply and strength, which many needed as the coronavirus reappeared in many countries, including the United States.
In several Latin American countries, including Mexico and Guatemala, Isaiah 41:10, “Do not be afraid therefore, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will support you from my right right, was the preferred verse.
In Singapore and the Netherlands, Jeremiah 29:11, ““For I know the plans that I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to make you prosper and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” “ conducted research and sharing.
Proverbs 16: 9: “In their hearts, humans plan their way, but the Lord sets their footsteps, ”was No. 1 in South Korea, and Hebrews 4:12,“ For the word of God is living and working. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates to divide soul and spirit, joints and marrow; he judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart, ”was the preferred verse in Ghana.
Worldwide, YouVersion Bible app users have read 55.8 billion chapters, played 8.2 billion audio chapters, and created 2.4 billion highlights, bookmarks, and notes.
Users also viewed 500 million videos and completed 1.4 billion days of Bible planning. Young users completed 5.6 million Kids Bible Experience stories.
YouVersion founder Bobby Gruenewald said his team is encouraged to see high levels of biblical engagement in 2021 after a record-breaking 2020.
“It means people are looking to God and the Bible for answers to their questions,” Gruenewald said. “Even our verse of the year points to the heart of the YouVersion community to seek God and know him better.”
Pandemic patterns are solidifying
Before the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, YouVersion experienced peaks in biblical engagement every Sunday, typically 20% higher than the rest of the week.
However, there has been a noticeable change in models over the past two years, the creators said. In March 2020, when people couldn’t attend church in person, weekday Bible engagement increased by 10% and continued to increase over the following weeks.
As churches began to reopen, peaks in Sunday Bible engagement returned, but not at the expense of daily engagement habits. In 2021, Monday-Saturday engagement was still up 24% from pre-pandemic levels.
“After a banner year in 2020, we are delighted to see that so many are continuing the habits of daily Bible engagement they created last year,” said Gruenewald.
Global growth continues
The fastest growing geographies for app installations and daily scripture engagement were Central Africa and South Asia.
Specifically, Pakistan, an overwhelming majority of Muslims that ranks No.5 on Open Doors’ 2021 Global Watchlist of countries with the highest persecution of Christians, has seen a 106% increase in the biblical commitment in 2021.
Other countries where the persecution is high have also seen their commitment increase. In Vietnam (# 19 on the open house list) and Laos (# 22), where communist governments often crack down on Christians, engagement increased by 43% and 53%, respectively.
In Burkina Faso (# 32) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (# 40), where Islamist extremists pose a great threat to Christians, engagement increased by 55% and 60%, respectively.
Users have responded positively to the report of increased global engagement with the app.
One in Ghana wrote: “This has been [an] awesome year. Glory to the Father!
A user in India wrote: “What a great experience I had reading the YouVersion in 2021 [on] on a daily basis. The word of God shaped my day and helped me face the day with [the] the hope, the joy and the love of our Lord in my heart.
Gruenewald said it encourages him to hear the stories of those who use the app on a daily basis, because it means that they “go beyond that initial moment of need and dig deeper to strengthen their relationship with God. “.
Click on here to learn more about the habits of users of the YouVersion Bible 2021 application.