It’s that time of year when everyone starts compiling “Best of 2019” lists. YouVersion just announced the most popular Bible verse of the year among its users.
The Bible verse most engaged with throughout the year worldwide is Philippians 4:6: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”
The global YouVersion community engaged more in the Bible this year than in any previous year. In fact, 30 percent more people read and listened to the Bible this year compared to last year. In total, YouVersion saw 5.6 billion chapters listened to and 35.6 billion chapters read in 2019.
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“Our desire is to help people grow in their relationship with God by encouraging them to read the Bible and seek Him every day,” founder Bobby Gruenewald said. “We’re encouraged to see so many people turning to the Bible in response to their worries, remembering what God has done in their lives and choosing to trust in his faithfulness.”
One of the most popular offerings is daily plans that combine portions of scripture with devotional content. This year alone, the community completed a record-breaking 1.1 billion days in their daily Bible plans. People also made two billion highlights, bookmarks and notes to mark meaningful verses and record what God revealed to them in their studies. Many even took the extra step to tell others how the Bible was affecting them, resulting in more than 478 million verses shared.
“What we are seeing in global engagement is exciting to us, because with every verse highlighted, plan day completed or audio chapter listened to, that’s a person who is being transformed by knowing God more intimately through spending time in the Bible,” he said. “We’re humbled by the opportunity to see lives changed in every country around the world.”
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice