YouVersion Bible App Announces The Most Popular Bible Verse Of
Oklahoma City, December 4, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The YouVersion Bible app, which has been installed on more than 350 million devices worldwide, continued to see Bible engagement increase throughout its 10th anniversary. This year. Today, YouVersion is announcing the most popular Bible verse of 2018.
The most shared, bookmarked and highlighted verse by members of the YouVersion community around the world this year is Isaiah 41:10: “Do not be afraid, because I am with you. Do not be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will support you with my victorious right hand.
“This year’s data shows that people around the world continue to look to the Bible for comfort, encouragement and hope,” said Bobby Gruenewald, pastor, innovation leader for Life. Church and founder of YouVersion. “We are touched that 10 years after its release, people continue to use the YouVersion Bible app in record numbers to connect to the Word of God. “
With over 1,800 versions in over 1,250 languages, in-app Bible reading is on the rise across multiple continents. With the addition of a new version of the Japanese Bible in the app, Bible engagement in Japan has grown 104% year over year. In addition, biblical engagement in Eastern Europe is growing rapidly, with Romania experiencing a 100% increase. In South America, Chile and Argentina are the fastest growing countries with 79% and 60% growth in biblical engagement, respectively.
“Many of us have grown up with the ability to read the Bible in the language of our hearts, but countless people around the world do not have this privilege. That’s why we’re passionate about making the Bible available in more languages through the app, ”said Gruenewald. “We are eternally grateful to the generous Bible publishers and societies who have joined us in the mission to increase access and commitment to the Bible around the world. ”
Biblical engagement has reached new heights this year, as data from YouVersion showed a 27% increase in daily active users compared to last year. In fact, the YouVersion community listened to 4.2 billion chapters and read over 27.2 billion chapters of the Bible this year, which is an increase of 40% and 62% year-over-year.
Additionally, the YouVersion community has taken advantage of habit-forming features such as Bible maps, which help users develop the discipline of daily scripture reading. This year, users completed over 950 million Bible plan days, an increase of 59% from 2017. The addition of more than 1,800 Bible plans this year, 34% of which were in languages other than English, contributes to this increase.
Throughout 2018, the YouVersion community also took advantage of social sharing features to share a record 409 million bible verses, including text and verse images. To continue this momentum, YouVersion launched Bible Lens in August as a new way to help people see how the Bible intersects with their daily lives. Bible Lens is a free app that matches relevant Bible verses with photos of a person and automatically creates visually appealing and shareable illustrations. In the first weekend, app users took Bible Lens to the top of Apple’s App Store rankings, reaching # 2 among all apps and # 1 in the Lifestyle category.
YouVersion has also seen significant growth in its Bible app for kids, released in 2013. With 9 languages added this year, kids can now experience animated Bible stories and interactive games in 42 different languages. Compared to last year, the number of app installs increased by 55%, reaching a total of nearly 27 million devices worldwide.
“This generation is on its way to becoming the generation most engaged in the Bible, and we believe the Church should continue to invest in new technologies to help adults and children connect with the Bible,” said Gruenewald . “We are honored to be a part of how God reaches people around the world through his Word, and we look forward to seeing how those engaged in the Bible are making a difference in this world for decades to come. “
For more information on the YouVersion community’s biblical engagement in 2018, visit share.bible.com/2018.
Created by Life.Church, YouVersion’s mission is to help people engage with the Bible. The team designs and builds experiences that make it easy for people to integrate the Bible into their daily lives. Since 2008, the Bible App has offered a free Bible experience accessible on smartphones, browsers, voice platforms, etc. The Kids’ Bible app launched in 2013 and engages children with Bible stories at an age appropriate level. The latest app, Bible Lens, analyzes objects in photos, finds the most relevant Bible verse, and automatically creates beautiful shareable illustrations. For more information about YouVersion, visit youversion.com.