The world’s most popular Bible verses in 2015

Every second, the world conducts more than 40,000 Google searches, creates 5 new Facebook profiles, and opens YouVersion’s Bible App 112 times.  In the app, three bookmarks are created, four verses are shared, and 18 verses are highlighted. More than 50 Bible chapters are listened to, and 342 chapters are read.

YouVersion, launched by Life.Church in 2008, announced that the Bible app has topped 200 million installs. The app now offers the Bible in more than 1,200 versions and 900 languages.

The most popular Bible verses (by country) of 2015.

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As part of its annual review of user activity, YouVersion highlighted the most popular Bible verses in the 10 countries where it has been installed the most.

The verse that was bookmarked, shared, and highlighted more than any other in the app’s history was also the top verse for the US and Brazil in 2015.

That verse was Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” [All verses in this blog are NIV translation.]

Other top verses were also favorites in more than one country (and proved popularlast year as well).

Mexico, the United Kingdom, and South Korea engaged the most with Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Likewise, Nigeria, South Africa, and the Philippines all engaged the most with Jeremiah 29:11: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”

Canadians engaged most with Ephesians 1:23: “[And the church] is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” Meanwhile, Chinese engaged most with 1 Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

The most shared Bible verses of 2015.

The overall most shared, highlighted, and bookmarked verse of 2015 was 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.”

YouVersion also broke out which verses were shared the most over email, text, and social media.  The top five:

  • Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
  • Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
  • 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.”
  • Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
  • Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Increase in engagement around the world in 2015

The Bible App has now been installed in every country, YouVersion stated. Since it reached the 100-million install mark in 2013, engagement with the app more than tripled in Pakistan (up 240%), Thailand (247%), Namibia (250%), and Greece (261%). Engagement more than quadrupled in Swaziland (up 341%), China (359%), Mozambique (370%), and Uruguay (388%). Use of the app is five times higher in Bulgaria (up 413%), six times higher in Cameroon (up 562%), and seven times higher in Suriname (up 670%).

A Great Bible Reading Plan for 2014

Tim Chester:

I’ve posted this Bible reading plan before. We use it in The Crowded House Sheffield. If you’ve been using it then you’ll be interested in this postcard-sized version of the plan for 2014. If you’re not reading through the Bible then the approach of the new year is a good time to review your Bible reading habits. Here are a couple of old posts on why that would be a good idea – Hearing God Speak and Must I Read My Bible Every Day?This plan has a number of differences from other plans.

1. Flexibility – The plan specifies a number of chapters for each week rather than for each day. This makes it more flexible. You can read a chapter or two each day or you can read it in two or three sittings. Or you can set out reading a chapter a day and then catch up at the weekend. It means it fits more readily around people’s lifestyle.

2. Communal – It is designed to be followed with a partner or among a group of people. There is only one section each week (occasionally two shorter books). So you don’t have to read a section from one book and then a section from another book each day. It means the sections are somewhat uneven, but it makes it easy to discuss what you have been reading when you meet up with other people.

We’ve been using it for a year now and it works very well in this way. I meet up with a friend each week for lunch. It’s easy for us to discuss what we’ve been reading because there is only one Bible book to focus on.

It also means I only need look at the Bible plan once a week – I don’t need to refer to it each day.

3. Realistic – Following this plan you read the OT in three years and the NT twice in three years. This works out at about nine chapters a week. It means you are not rushing through what you are reading to ‘get it done’. I’ve found with other plans I tend to read it with my mind disengaged. This plan gives time to meditate on the passage.

There is also a version in the document in which you cover the OT once and the NT twice in two years = about 16 chapters a week.

4. Balanced – The plan balances OT history, prophecy, wisdom, Gospel and Epistles throughout the year. You move between genres so you’re never faced with reading OT prophecy continuously for six months.

Here’s the complete three year plan and here’s this postcard-sized version of the plan for 2014.

YouVersion Bible Reading Notes 5 million plans completed

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YouVersion first launched Reading Plans in 2009, and since then people have used the Bible App to complete 5 million Plans!  That’s no small achievement!

It is an app I always recommend to others, the flexibility of different versions, the variety of reading plans that allow you to engage whether you like to read, listen, or watch your daily selection make it the go to Bible reading app.

Below is some visual data to help put the numbers in perspective:

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