Christian apps can help our spiritual life. Though it may seem like a stretch, this can be an incentive to spend more time with God, as well as praying or reading the Bible instead of browsing Facebook or the Internet.
Installing apps related to our Christian faith is a good idea for those of us who spend so much time on our phones already. Grabbing our phones to check the weather, we end up on social media. Suddenly we find we’ve been scrolling Instagram for half an hour and have lost track of time. We may have even forgotten to check the weather at all. Anyone else?
Instead of vegging on social media or Youtube, we can go for a Bible app or other Christian apps when we grab our phones. We can redeem the time by giving time to Jesus and our spiritual growth instead.
Tip: “Hide” the apps that distract you most! Put them in folders or on a home screen view several swipes away. Then move a faith app or two to the first screen you see instead.
Here are the seven free Christian apps and one bonus app. Keep scrolling!
1. Blue Letter Bible
Blue Letter Bible is my go to Bible study tool. It contains over 30 Bible versions, audio Bibles, commentaries, and access to the Strong’s concordance and more to discover the Hebrew and Greek meaning behind words in the Scriptures. Advanced word study searches, note taking and highlighting is available as well. It is also less distracting than the popular YouVersion Bible app and instead of surface-level devotionals, it really gets you deep in the Word itself.
2. My Daily Office
My Daily Office by Manna Software is a Christian prayer app that connects you with the lectionary—the prayers and Scripture much of the global church is praying together each day. Pray the Scriptures and more without distractions and schedule reminders to pray every morning and/or evening. You can add your own personal prayers, pray and read historical prayers, the creeds, topical prayers and more. For daily Scriptures, you can choose the translation of your choice to open when clicking the links. This app is the only one on my tablet and phone I have actually subscribed to yearly (only $8/year). It’s that wonderful!
3. Biblical Training
The Biblical Training app is sponsored by BiblicalTraining.org, a website where anyone can sign up for Bible classes. The course levels range from new believers (Foundations) all the way through to advanced seminary courses (Institute). Courses can be streamed on your own time, making this doable for anyone to grow in their walk with God and study of the Bible. Courses include “How to Read Your Bible,” “A Guide to Christian Beliefs,” “Essentials of Church History” and “Christian Apologetics.”
GotQuestions.org’s app for quick reference and searching for answers about your questions about God, Christianity, the Bible and more.
The app has over 7,000 of their most frequently asked questions. You can view by topic, search and even bookmark articles to find them again later with ease. This is a great resource to have at your fingertips!
5. Scripture Singer
Scripture Singer is a great tool to help you with Scripture memorization. They rightly say that “one of the best ways to store God’s Word in our hearts is the biblical model of singing God’s Word.”
Find sung versions of Scriptures to help you memorize them through a melody. Search for specific Bible verses and even create playlists.
6. First 5
First 5 is a Christian app from Proverbs 31 Ministries. The app’s aim is to help you put God first each day. You’ll find a passage of Scripture for each day followed by a short teaching to help you grow in your study and understanding of the Bible. Hint: Go to the “Plans” icon at the bottom right of the app to get started quickly.
7. Logos Bible Study Tools
Logos and Faithlife, LLC offer one of the best apps to help you get in the Word alongside various resources for study. Some of the many features include:
- Ability to highlight words, phrases and passages in different colors.
- Take notes and add comments which can be placed in different folders all within the app.
- Open study Bible notes and commentaries side-by-side or top-to-bottom alongside the Bible translation of your choice.
- Bible plans for daily reading.
- Tabbed browsing so you can have your notes open in a tab along with the Bible or other resources in other tabs.
The already included free resources (the Faithlife Study Bible Notes, ESV, HCSB, NKJV and NASB translations to name a few) will easily suffice for most; however, other resources such as study Bible notes, commentaries, etc. do require a purchase or subscription to use. Logos also offers a free base access package specifically for computer users.
I pray you will find some or all of these Christian apps beneficial to your walk with Christ. Did a specific app interest you? Or do you have an app to suggest? Share in the comments!
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