No doubt you’ve heard of YouVersion, the Bible app. You’ve probably noticed people using it to look up Bible verses in church. You may even have it installed on your own phone. YouVersion was launched by Life.Church in 2008, and today the app has over 200 million installs all around the world. It offers the Bible in more than 1,200 versions in 900 languages. Currently someone around the world opens the app 112 times every minute. In eight short years it has literally transformed the spread of the Word around the globe.
YouVersion just completed it’s annual review of user activity and calculated the most popular Bible verses around the world where the app has been installed the most.*
The overall most shared, highlighted, and bookmarked verse of 2015?
Joshua 1:9: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Which verses were shared the most over email, text, and social media? Here are the top five:
#1 Romans 12:2: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
#2 Philippians 4:6-7: do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
#3 Joshua 1:9: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
#4 Romans 12:2: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
#5 Romans 15:13: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Which verses were the most popular in various countries around the world? Here’s the breakdown:
United States and Brazil – Romans 12:2: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Mexico, United Kingdom, South Korea – Isaiah 41:10: fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Nigeria, South Africa, Philippines – Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Canada – Ephesians 1:23: (And the church] which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
“What God is doing through YouVersion is incredible—changing mobile devices into Bibles that people carry with them everywhere they go,” said Bobby Gruenewald, innovation pastor at Life.Church. “As we see the magnitude of 200 million installs, what we’re really celebrating is what that number represents: countless moments of individuals transformed by their time in the Bible.”
Many Christians applaud the spread of the Bible around the world with the YouVersion app. Many others are somewhat disturbed by depending on the technology involved and the resultant use of cellphones in church. What’s your take? How do you use the app? Do phones belong in church? What’s your favorite verse? Make a comment below and let us know what you think.
*All verses in this article are ESV translation.